Hey friends, this is Marcos again to share the memories of my trip to the West Coast. The next leg of my journey was Carlsbad, a beautiful coastal city just 35 miles north of San Diego in California. It is a top-rated tourist destination famous for its caves called Carlsbad Cavern lying inside Carlsbad Cavern National Park. Carlsbad is also referred to as the Titanium Valley because of the presence of a large number of Golf equipment making companies.
This theme park in Carlsbad is a must-visit place for the tourists. I was anxious to explore this Miniature Park and aquarium. I must say that it is merely spellbinding for kids and adults alike. I loved all the majestic rides and other features of entertainment. I am not a kid anymore, but if I was thrilled to pieces during this visit, you could simply imagine how young kids feel when they are inside this theme park.
Carlsbad is also known as the Flower Capital of the U.S, and I found that this nickname suits Carlsbad perfectly after visiting the Flower Fields. I was fortunate enough to visit Carlsbad during the year when this flower filed is open for the visitors. This flower field spreads over an area of 50 acres and is famous for its giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. Parking is free, but the entrance ticket costs $14 for adults. It is hard to describe the beauty of this flower field that was covered in a rainbow of colors with flowers.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
For me, the visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park was the main highlight of my trip to Carlsbad. Entry to all sections above the ground inside this park is free though they charge a $6 for going inside the majestic cave. It was scorching outside the cave, but I found the temperature to be very comfortable inside it. I chose the option of hiking down though I took the elevator to come out of the cave. It is almost a 1.5 mile downward walk, and you better eat something before going inside as no eatables are allowed inside the cave. You will see columns of stalactites everywhere around you inside the cave. These formations are stunning, and once you are down to the bottom of the cave, it is so massive that it is equal to nearly ten football fields.
South Carlsbad State Beach
As the name suggests, it is a beautiful stretch of coastline with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. This beach in Carlsbad offers opportunities to indulge in many exciting activities like snorkeling, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and surfing. You can also doze off under the sun if you feel like resting for a while. The beach is referred to as Ponto by the locals, and I was told about the points that are best suited for surfing by them.
Keep reading for more of my adventures on the West Coast.