Explore the Area

Things to Do in Vista, CA

In a region known for its year-round perfect weather, hundreds of craft breweries, and diverse neighborhoods, Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad is the ideal hotel for experiencing San Diego’s vibrant culture.

Beach Neighborhoods

With 70 miles of pristine beaches that stretch across the Southern California coast, surf and sand have become pillars of San Diego culture.

Just minutes away from Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad, you’ll find Carlsbad State Beach. It’s considered one of San Diego’s best kept secrets, with camping grounds, surfing, and paddleboarding. This family-friendly area offers a growing food-and-drink scene, the walkable Carlsbad Village, and popular attractions such as LEGOLAND California, The Flower Fields, and Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park.

Oceanside lies just to the north of us, and represents a quintessential SoCal experience. A charming marina, harbor and picturesque pier welcome visitors with plentiful entertainment, shopping and restaurants. Oceanside also hosts the California Surf Museum, and the Oceanside Museum of Art. 

Venturing south of Carlsbad, you'll find the bohemian beach neighborhood of Encinitas. Known as one of the best surf towns in the world, Encinitas is home to the San Diego Botanic Garden and the infamous Swami’s beach, immortalized in the popular song “Surfin’ USA” by the Beach Boys.

Lying just south of Encinitas is Cardiff-By-The-Sea, a thoroughly charming community that blends Southern California vibes with a small-town atmosphere. Signature shopping and dining dot the shore, with notable surf spots like Swami's and Cardiff Reef.

Continue south from Cardiff and you’ll reach the seaside enclave of Del Mar, a perfect neighborhood for exploring on foot. The area is home to the renowned Del Mar Racetrack, where you’ll find a number of events happening on the fairgrounds year-round.

Theme Parks

San Diego is home to several fun-filled amusement parks and attractions that have made Southern California a top family destination. Located just a short drive away, LEGOLAND California features more than 60 interactive attractions, shows, and rides to entertain LEGO-loving fans of all ages. For animal lovers, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, formerly known as the Wild Animal Park, houses species from all over the world and offers a truly unique wildlife experience.


Treat yourself to a seaside shopping spree at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, located less than eight miles from Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad. This outdoor shopping mall features more than 90 designer and boutique brands.

Natural Attractions

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch are located just six miles from Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad. Enjoy a full day of exploring the natural landscape, with over 50 acres of beautiful blooms and rows and rows of vibrant colors.

If you’re in need of any local recommendations during your stay, don’t hesitate to chat with our friendly staff.

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