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Community meal plan options and dining facility

Choices, choices


Whether it’s filet mignon or comfort food you’re after or homemade desserts, you can lift a glass, make new friends, and enjoy California casual cuisine prepared daily by our executive chef. At our full-service, restaurant-style dining room and at the bistro, each day brings a new menu—but the warm welcome remains the same. With five entrées to choose from, there’s always something delicious, and the waitstaff can help you narrow it down on days when you just can’t decide.


Enjoy delicious fare every day, whether in the dining room, on the patio, or at home.

  • Fine dining with table service
  • Patio seating
  • Bistro and coffee bar
  • Seasonal favorites
  • Full salad bar
  • Healthy dining options: fresh seafood, chicken, and plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Selections for restricted diets
  • A beautiful setting on the courtyard with ocean views
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Click here for a tour of our dining room.

Transportation into town available

You’re going places


We have so much to do within walking distance, but when you’d like to go farther afield, Carlsbad By The Sea’s resident transportation can get you there. We offer scheduled local trips to the bank, the doctor, or shopping. All easily arranged by phone or in person at the front desk. Enjoy regularly planned trips to events and excursions. The Amtrak stop is just a couple of blocks away. Need a lift to the airport? We can make private arrangements for you via Lyft, our preferred partner. And best of all—you don’t have to look for a parking spot.


Get where you need to:

  • Transportation available
  • Free trips within a 10-mile radius from home
  • Longer trips available

Get out and explore:

  • Shopping centers
  • Local sights
  • Balboa Park
  • Temecula wineries
  • The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Pet-friendly amenities and accommodations

Best friends welcome


Carlsbad By The Sea is home to some special residents, and you’ll recognize them by their tails (and tail-feathers). We are a pet-friendly community so please ask us about our pet policy.


Taking a walk, there’s so much to explore

  • Colorful plants and lovely flowers for sniffing
  • Walkways on which to meet other furry friends
  • Strolls around quaint Carlsbad Village
  • Oceanfront walk nearby

A real live social network


With so many interesting people, it’s no surprise that we have many interesting things to do here. Resident-inspired lifelong learning opportunities, fabulous events, common interest clubs, gatherings, and groups. Pursue your passions or find new ones. Go on a monthly hike to local trails, play pickleball, swim, surf, bike, take in a play or symphony with other enthusiasts, create a work of art in whatever medium pleases you, make a difference by creating “Little Dresses for Haiti,” sponsor a local Marine at your table at Thanksgiving. Or try your hand at bunco, bridge, or Wii Bowling. From volunteering and cultural opportunities to casual meetups, there’s always something going on.


Everything under the sun. There are dozens of resident-led events and clubs.

  • Current events discussions
  • TED Talks screenings
  • Game nights
  • Book clubs
  • Front Porch Gallery receptions and community events

Outings to local hotspots and regional highlights:

  • Weekly farmers’ market in the Village
  • Village Art Show
  • Friday summer concerts in the park
  • New Village Arts Theater
  • Restaurants and shops within walking distance
Fitness center, health programs, and personalized physical therapy

Focus on fitness


We have many ways to get moving here—from a sunrise stroll on the beach, to our fully equipped fitness center. Get centered with tai chi, balance, or yoga classes, or make a splash with Aqua Fit or lap-swimming. Our personal trainers are ready to help with whatever you need.



  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Director of Fitness and Wellness
  • On-site trainer
  • The latest cardio equipment
  • FreeMotion cable weight-training
  • SwimEx lap pool
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness center with therapeutic pool and spa
  • Annual health and wellness fair
  • Monthly speakers

So many ways to work out including:

  • Forever Fit (cardio, resistance training)
  • Chair yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Strengthening and chair cardio
  • Strength and balance
  • Tummy Tone and Stretch
  • Aqua Fit
Exploring local attractions beachfront hike

Simply brilliant


There’s never a dull moment. Feed your curiosity daily in our fully stocked library. Bookworms love that it’s got everything from the classics to bestsellers. And your daily paper is here too, whether that’s The New York Times or the The San Diego Union-Tribune. Visiting professors and speakers keep you up to date and sharp as a tack, as do regularly scheduled lifelong learning opportunities.


Feed the mind

  • Dakim BrainFitness
  • Community college classes and lectures
  • Osher Lifelong Learning
  • In-house discussion groups
  • Science talks
  • Resource center with internet service
Celebration of the creative arts and music

State of the arts


Carlsbad By The Sea celebrates creativity. As a community with our own art gallery, it’s safe to say we’re just a little bit taken with the right brain. At the Front Porch Gallery, fine artists, hobbyists, and everyone in-between display their creativity. The environment is enriching—with classes, and choirs, and so many things to inspire.


Dabble or dazzle with art classes.

  • Watercolor painting
  • Stamp design
  • Card-making
  • Creative projects
  • Jewelry-making
  • Succulent gardens

Creative Pursuits. Indulge in the arts:

  • Carlsbad By The Sea resident choir
  • San Diego Symphony
  • San Diego Opera
  • Matinee movies
  • Volunteer or give back to the community
Senior services for independent and assisted living

Neighborhood essentials


Whatever you need—whether it’s a quick hostess gift, a new hairstyle, or a nice cup of Earl Grey—it’s here for you, and that includes the beach, right outside your door!


Explore the great conveniences around Carlsbad By The Sea:

  • The Seashell Market—your shop for sundries, gifts, and treasures
  • La Cage resale shop
  • Bistro café
  • Oceanfront terrace with beach access
  • Hobby shop
  • Fitness center
  • Full-service salon and barber shop