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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Carlsbad.

This page contains seven sections:

Around Carlsbad ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is San Diego. It is located about 32 miles [51 km] to the south of Carlsbad. San Diego has a population of 1,420,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Santa Ana. It is located about 50 miles [80 km] to the northwest of Carlsbad and has a population of 334,000 people.

For comparison, Carlsbad has a population of 115,000 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove it.<2>

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Chula Vista   [Map]   270,471   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Costa Mesa   [Map]   113,825   NW   46 miles [74 km]
El Cajon   [Map]   103,894   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Escondido   [Map]   151,969   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Hemet   [Map]   85,160   NE   46 miles [74 km]
Irvine   [Map]   277,453   NW   44 miles [70.8 km]
Lake Forest   [Map]   84,293   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Menifee   [Map]   90,595   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Mission Viejo   [Map]   96,016   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Murrieta   [Map]   113,326   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Newport Beach   [Map]   86,160   NW   46 miles [74 km]
Oceanside   [Map]   176,193   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
San Marcos   [Map]   96,198   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
Temecula   [Map]   114,327   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Vista   [Map]   101,568   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]

Below is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Bonsall   [Map]   ---   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Cardiff-by-the-Sea   [Map]   ---   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Del Mar   [Map]   4,363   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
Encinitas   [Map]   63,184   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
Fairbanks Ranch   [Map]   ---   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Fallbrook   [Map]   ---   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Hidden Meadows   [Map]   ---   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Lake San Marcos   [Map]   ---   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
Lawrence Welk Resort Village   [Map]   ---   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Leucadia   [Map]   ---   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Rancho Bernardo   [Map]   ---   SE   18 miles [29 km]
Rancho Santa Fe   [Map]   ---   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
San Luis Rey   [Map]   ---   N   5 miles [8 km]
Solana Beach   [Map]   13,444   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
Valley Center   [Map]   ---   E   18 miles [29 km]

For more communities neighboring Carlsbad, please visit our County-by-County Page for Carlsbad.

San Diego County ...

Carlsbad is located in San Diego County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of San Diego County: Imperial, Orange & Riverside. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west and the nation of Mexico lies to the south.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Carlsbad ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Carlsbad.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Carlsbad ...

Looking for more information about Carlsbad? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Carlsbad, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Carlsbad.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Carlsbad.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Carlsbad. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Carlsbad. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of California

    California Tourism
    Parks for California

    Fishing in California
    Hunting in California

TripAdvisor Link for:

    California Statewide Tourism
    Carlsbad Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Carlsbad


National Park Service (NPS) sites in California

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in California

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in California

Airports Near Carlsbad ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Carlsbad.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Oceanside Muni.(ICAO: KOKB)   [Map]   OKB   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
McClellan - Palomar Airport (ICAO: KCRQ)   [Map]   CRQ   ESE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Fallbrook Community Airpark   [Map]   L18   NNE   14 miles [22.5 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Carlsbad.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Carlsbad. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
San Diego Intl. (SAN/KSAN)   [Map]   SAN   SSE   30 miles [48.3 km]
John Wayne - Orange Co. Airport (SNA/KSNA)   [Map]   SNA   NW   46 miles [74 km]
Ontario Intl. (ONT/KONT)   [Map]   ONT   NNW   63 miles [101.4 km]
Long Bch. Airport (LGB/KLGB)   [Map]   LGB   NW   64 miles [103 km]
Palm Springs Intl. (PSP/KPSP)   [Map]   PSP   NE   67 miles [107.8 km]
Los Angeles Intl. (LAX/KLAX)   [Map]   LAX   NW   81 miles [130.4 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
McClellan - Palomar Airport (ICAO: KCRQ)   [Map]   CRQ   ESE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Santa Monica Muni. (SMO/KSMO)   [Map]   SMO   NW   86 miles [138.4 km]
Van Nuys Airport (VNY/KVNY)   [Map]   VNY   NW   97 miles [156.1 km]
Southern Calif. Logistics (VCV/KVCV)   [Map]   VCV   N   99 miles [159.3 km]
Imperial Co. Airport (IPL/KIPL)   [Map]   IPL   ESE   104 miles [167.4 km]
LA / Palmdale Rgnl.(PMD/KPMD)   [Map]   PMD   NNW   109 miles [175.4 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Oceanside Muni.(ICAO: KOKB)   [Map]   OKB   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
Fallbrook Community Airpark   [Map]   L18   NNE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Montgomery Fld. (ICAO: KMYF)   [Map]   MYF   SSE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Ramona Airport(ICAO: KRNM)   [Map]   RNM   ESE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Gillespie Fld.(SEE/KSEE)   [Map]   SEE   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
French Valley Airport   [Map]   F70   NNE   31 miles [49.9 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

San Diego Intl.   (SAN/KSAN)   [Map]
        Website for San Diego International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
John Wayne - Orange Co. Airport   (SNA/KSNA)   [Map]
        Website for John Wayne - Orange County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Imperial Co. Airport   (IPL/KIPL)   [Map]
        Website for Imperial County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
LA / Palmdale Rgnl.   (PMD/KPMD)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Oceanside Muni.   (ICAO: KOKB)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Montgomery Fld.   (ICAO: KMYF)   [Map]
        Website for Montgomery Field
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Ramona Airport   (ICAO: KRNM)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Gillespie Fld.   (SEE/KSEE)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Brown Fld. Muni.   (ICAO: KSDM)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Ontario Intl.   (ONT/KONT)   [Map]
        Website for Ontario International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Corona Muni.   (ICAO: KAJO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Riverside Muni.   (RAL/KRAL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Chino Airport   (CNO/KCNO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Banning Muni.   (ICAO: KBNG)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Fullerton Muni.   (FUL/KFUL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Catalina Airport   (CIB/KAVX)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Long Bch. Airport   (LGB/KLGB)   [Map]
        Website for Long Beach Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Palm Springs Intl.   (PSP/KPSP)   [Map]
        Website for Palm Springs International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Los Angeles Intl.   (LAX/KLAX)   [Map]
        Website for Los Angeles International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
McClellan - Palomar Airport   (ICAO: KCRQ)   [Map]
        Website for McClellan - Palomar Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Santa Monica Muni.   (SMO/KSMO)   [Map]
        Website for Santa Monica Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Van Nuys Airport   (VNY/KVNY)   [Map]
        Website for Van Nuys Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Southern Calif. Logistics   (VCV/KVCV)   [Map]
        Website for Southern California Logistics Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

Other Roadside Stops ...



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About San Diego County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Carlsbad: www.ci.carlsbad.ca.us/

The official website for San Diego County: www.sdcounty.ca.gov/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Carlsbad.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Carlsbad. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Carlsbad) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Carlsbad. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Carlsbad

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carlsbad. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1592, Longitude: -117.3494     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Carlsbad), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Carlsbad.



 
 
 

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