When Californians were looking for a resort town north of San Diego in the 1900s, weekend explorers saw Carlsbad’s sea cliffs and sloping beaches and knew they had found a gem. Weekend homes began to pop up in Carlsbad along the coastline, spurring resort-like development. Today, there are actual luxury resorts on the shores of the Pacific in Carlsbad. There are several stretches of beachfront in the area, each more beautiful than the last. Tourists flock to the Carlsbad City Beach in the summertime as it is right off the main drag of Carlsbad Village. If you’re looking for the perfect California surfing curls, check out Tamarack Surf Beach or North Ponto Beach.