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Welcome To

La Costa

One of the better-known residential areas along the North San Diego County coast.

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Upscale and family-orientated neighborhood close to downtown San Diego

La Costa

The La Costa area of Carlsbad is one of the better-known residential areas along the North San Diego County coast. A quick commute to downtown San Diego and only two hours from Los Angeles, La Costa is a wonderful community in which to raise a family. There is an abundance of walkable areas, and the neighborhood is within close proximity to many beaches and surfing spots. There are also many award-winning schools in the area. La Costa is a popular tourist destination in the summers and a notable home for many businesses in the golf industry.

The area began to develop around 1965 when several thousand acres of land were purchased. A golf course was constructed, homes were built, and the Rancho La Costa Inn was created for visitors. The Inn was later called the La Costa Resort and Spa, thus giving the surrounding area its name, and in 2014, it was acquired by Omni Hotels and renamed the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. Formerly a separate town, La Costa was annexed by Carlsbad in 1972, but many still refer to it by its original name.

What to Love

  • Close proximity to many family-friendly activities and beaches

  • High-end neighborhood with many young families

  • Easy commute to San Diego


People & Lifestyle

La Costa offers an idyllic Southern California lifestyle with beautiful views and a very pleasant coastal climate all year round. Residents tend to be relaxed and beachy-chic people who love utilizing the plentiful parks and beaches and taking full advantage of the multiple coastline activities. It’s an incredibly picturesque area, and the people form a close-knit community.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Bob’s Steak & Chop House at The Omni La Costa Resort is a popular, high-end restaurant, and Black Rail Kitchen is a fantastic local eatery serving up Mediterranean fare. Ember & Rye has a gorgeous bar area and serves up delicious steaks and fresh seafood daily. Ebullition Brew Works is a popular place to grab a beer or a burger. 


Beach Plum Kitchen is a super popular lunch and brunch spot, and locals love their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes! Tin Leaf is a fantastic healthy joint right in the center of town.

Just a couple miles away are the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and The Forum Shopping Center that host beloved chain stores and charming, local boutiques.


Things to Do

The La Costa golf course has been the host of 37 past PGA Tour events. The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is a popular, high-end resort that offers golf and spa packages and hosts out-of-town visitors. 

Be sure to check out The Flower Fields, located just a couple of miles away. The views are incredible, and kids love running through the meadows and taking in the gorgeous flora.



Depending on where you live in La Costa, children may attend 1 of 3 school districts. Part of the area is served by San Dieguito Union High School District and the Carlsbad Schools, but children in other parts of La Costa attend schools in the San Marcos School District.


  • Encinitas Elementary School District

  • San Dieguito Union High School District

  • San Marcos School District

  • Mira Costa Community College (Oceanside, CA)

  • Golf Academy of America (Carlsbad, CA)

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