About Carlsbad, California

Named AFter A Famous Water

In the 1880s a former sailor named John Frazier dug a well in the area. He began offering his water at a nearby train station and soon the whistle-stop became known as Frazier’s Station.

The water from the well was tested, and it was found to share similarities with water from an European Spa in a town in Bohemia known as Karlsbad. A company by the name of the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was formed to take advantage of those similarities, and the town was named shortly afterwards, along with marketing to attract customers and visitors.

IN 1952 Carlsbad, California was incorporated to prevent it from being annexed by its neighbor Oceanside.

Separated From Other Coastal Towns by Lagoons

Towns on the Coast of San Diego County are separated by Salt marshes of lagoons. Between Encinitas and Carlsbad is Gataquitos Lagoon, which is visible in this photo from Cadacia Park. There is a nice wide walking trail that is next to the lagoon, and is a comfortable walk around the lagoon

Bataquitos Lagoon

On the other side of Carlsbad, between the town and the next town, Oceanside is the Buena Vista Lagoon. This view of the Buena Vista Lagoon is from the Hosp Grove Park and it contains a trail that goes through eucalyptus Trees.

View From Hosp Grove