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Spring Break Guide to Carlsbad and Oceanside for Families

POSTED BY Emmanuel/ Recreation, Spring Break

Sunny weather, striking landscapes, and a thriving culinary scene have made the Carlsbad and Oceanside areas a popular vacation destination. In this post, we’ll share some of the best local options for families, so you can plan the perfect getaway!

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LEGOLAND – Photo Credit: Legoland California

We’ll start with an international family favorite – LEGOLAND! Although this part of Southern California’s coast may be most famous for sun and sand, it’s also home to LEGOLAND California, one of the larger and more elaborate theme parks inspired by this beloved children’s toy. Many LEGOLAND attractions are designed around hands-on learning and play, including interactive musical instruments.

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Sea Life Aquarium – Photo Credit: Citytoursofsandiego.com

The LEGOLAND California complex also includes the Sea Life Aquarium, where you can get an up-close look at some of California’s aquatic wildlife – including sting rays, starfish, and sharks. In keeping with its LEGOLAND affiliation, the Sea Life Aquarium houses a pirate-themed water-cannon battle.

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Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center – Photo Credit: Batiquitoslagoon.com

Tourists flock to mountain biking and hiking trails in the region. Although there’s plenty on offer for experienced mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners, family groups with children in tow will find plenty of outdoor options for shorter, less-taxing excursions. If you’re looking to stay close to the beach, the Batiquitos Lagoon offers birdwatching trips along the coastal wetlands.

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Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields – Photo Credit: Sandiegan.com

Every spring at the Carlsbad Ranch, the Flower Fields open for visitors. These vibrant flower gardens are home to a “sweet pea maze” of lush sweet-pea hedges and a greenhouse filled with orchids. If you’re looking for a retreat from the sun, take a stroll through this unique botanical exhibit.

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Campfire Restaurant – Photo Credit: Sandiegomagazine.com

Last but certainly not least, where to eat? California’s coast has always been a culinary standout, and the San Diego region is no exception. Carlsbad restaurant Campfire specializes in grilled dishes, with most menu items cooked over an open fire, infusing meat, fresh fish, and vegetables with signature smoky flavors. Kids will love the broccoli with aioli and lime vinaigrette, and adults will enjoy the artisan cocktails.

If your kids are clamoring for pizza after a long day at the beach, the best pizzas in San Diego County can be found at Carlsbad’s Pizza Port, which serves up traditional pies like pepperoni along with in-house creations like their Pizza Ocean Beach with portabella mushrooms and butternut squash. We recommend pairing your pie with Pizza Port’s house-made root beer.

These are just a few of the attractions on offer in the Carlsbad and Oceanside area. Whether you love chilling by the pool, hiking in the hills, gazing at colorful fish, or diving through the waves, you’ll be able to enjoy a fun-filled vacation in spectacular surroundings. And as you can see, there’s plenty here for the whole family!

McLain Properties has provided property management, vacation rental, and real estate services to clients in the San Diego area since 1978. We pride ourselves on responsive, customized service, and our extensive local knowledge and investment property experience combine to provide you with stellar representation in this competitive market. Call us to schedule a consultation today!

Vacation Rental vs. Hotel Room – What’s Your Best Bet?

POSTED BY Emmanuel/ Vacation Rentals

From boutique bed and breakfasts to chain hotels to luxury resorts, it’s easy to find a hotel that fits your preferences and price range. But what about vacation rentals? Travelers are increasingly using vacation rentals as an alternative to hotel bookings, and in this post, we’ll look at some of the pros and cons.

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Photo Credit: Houzz.com

Here are some benefits to vacation rentals:

  1. More Flexibility

If you like the idea of last-minute flexibility, or if your company puts a lot of “blackout days” on your professional calendar, a vacation rental may help you maximize your holiday time. You also won’t have to deal with cancellation fees, deposits, or peak season price surges.

  1. Less Competition

Want to take a trip to the beach in the height of summer? Hotels often fill up months in advance during the high season, particularly if they offer excellent service or a prime location. A vacation rental means that you can set your own dates, no matter how stiff the competition is for local accommodations.

  1. Personal Touch

A bed-and-breakfast can be lovely, but even the nicest hotel is hard to mistake for a home. A vacation rental allows you to personalize. Vacation rentals are also much closer in setup to home living – in addition to your own kitchen and living space, you have the option of a personal patio, pool, and yard area.

  1. Value

Although a vacation rental may seem more expensive, it’s worth considering the value-added aspect of vacation rentals vs. hotel properties. Hotels can be luxurious, but they’re harder to customize, and amenities like pools and patio areas can be very crowded during the high season. Vacation rentals give you the chance to upgrade your vacation experience without

  1. Family (and Friend) Connection

Depending on the dimensions of the property, you may be able to schedule group vacations with much more flexibility for all parties – a major plus when you’re working around multiple shifting schedules, especially for families with children.

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Photo Credit: Beachblissliving.com

Here are some drawbacks to vacation rentals:

  1. Services and Amenities

Vacation rentals can give you all the comforts of home – but these usually don’t include daily maid service and an on-site spa! If you like to vacation in pampered luxury, you may prefer to hunt for a bargain suite at a luxury hotel. On the other hand, if you prefer a laidback vacation vibe, you may feel more comfortable in a vacation rental.

  1. Added Responsibility

It’s also important to consider this level of staff support in terms of maintenance and repairs. If your hotel room has a plumbing emergency, staff will respond within minutes – and the worst-case scenario is usually a replacement suite! Vacation rentals typically have dedicated, professional maintenance services available, but they’re more comparable to maintenance in a conventional rental. You may want to take this difference into account.

  1. The “Bulk Buy” Principle

Vacation rentals offer savings based on a volume discount – the more time you spend occupying a vacation rental, the less expensive each day of your vacation becomes. This principle doesn’t provide an equal advantage to visitors who probably won’t be able to get away for more than a handful of days per year.

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Photo Credit: Purentonline.com

There are definite advantages to vacation rentals – but it is important to weigh the added cost and obligation. Whatever you decide, make sure you take advantage of all the resources at your disposal, so you can make an informed choice about vacation rental options in your area.

McLain Properties has provided property management, vacation rental, and real estate services to clients in the San Diego area since 1978. We pride ourselves on responsive, customized service, and our extensive local knowledge and investment property experience combine to provide you with stellar representation in this competitive market. Call us to schedule a consultation today!

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JUST-LISTED:GORGEOUS VACATION LOREM IPSUM DOLAR!

POSTED BY Emmanuel/ just listed

A great place to call home! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac street in the popular Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui facit eorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me lius quod ii legunt saepius. Claritas est etiam processus dynamicus, qui sequitur.

JUST-LISTED:GORGEOUS VACATION LOREM IPSUM DOLAR!

POSTED BY Emmanuel/ just listed

A great place to call home! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac street in the popular Typi non habent claritatem insitam; est usus legentis in iis qui facit eorum claritatem. Investigationes demonstraverunt lectores legere me lius quod ii legunt saepius. Claritas est etiam processus dynamicus, qui sequitur.