With a spectacular backdrop against the Pecos River, Carlsbad treats visitors to tree-lined avenues, lush parks, and New Mexico's biggest attraction, the otherworldly Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Enjoy New Mexican hospitality as you choose from an excellent selection of house rentals, offering you the perfect base.
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456 unique properties from 5 providers can be booked in Carlsbad, with prices beginning at $66 per night. By directly analyzing these vacation rentals, HomeToGo brings you the best deals as well as the highest rated properties in Carlsbad.
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Popular Rental Amenities in Carlsbad
Many vacationers pay a closer look at the vacation rentals offering a pool. More than half of the accommodations have one in this destination. Also, properties with pools in Carlsbad cost, on average, $185 a night. Most of the listed accommodations with pools are hotel room. Among these offers, 90 of them are situated within 2 miles of water.
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Mexican Cuisine, Seafood, Wine, and More
When it comes to dining out, Carlsbad doesn't disappoint. Kick-start your day with a sumptuous breakfast at Peco's River Cafe. Choose from golden-brown pancakes, country ham and eggs, French toast, bacon omelet, and even cod and shrimp specialties.
Feeding Carlsbad's locals for over three decades, the family-owned Lucy's Mexicali Restaurant serves flavorsome Mexican fare: green chili queso dip, chimichangas, burritos, and tacos. Another local favorite since 1995, Church Street Grill serves up indulgent All-American favorites - think delicious patti melt, Philly steak sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and bacon cheeseburgers.
Just a 15 minute drive from Carlsbad is the Balzano Family Vineyard & Pumpkin Patch where you can savor fine Italian wines (Refosco, Dolcetto, and Sangiovese), as well as staples like Cabernet. Sit at the patio and enjoy their fruit and cheese platters, while kids can pick their own pumpkin from the patch, fish in Papa's Pond, and feed the friendly farm animals. The mom-and-pop No Whiner Diner is another Carlsbad gem, known for its freshly prepared dishes such as calamari rings, prime rib, battered fish fillets, and meatloaf, among 60 other dishes that grace their menu.
From Native Art to Historic Houses
Carlsbad's history comes to life at the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, New Mexico's oldest municipal museum. Come browse 3D photography, Native American art, Mesa Verde vessels, and Peruvian antiquities, not to forget works by stellar New Mexican artists Peter Hurd and Emil Bisttram. The Artist Gallery meanwhile is a great place to pick up jewelry, ceramics, pottery, paintings, and stained glass ornaments made by local artists. You might even bump into the artists on site - they are generally willing to discuss their work. Why not also check out stunning artworks at the Halagueno Arts Park? It's a must for its meandering pathways and pretty fountains.
A short drive north of Carlsbad in the town of Artesia is the Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center, located inside a charming Moore-Ward cobblestone house dating to 1905. Look out for well-preserved Native American artifacts, a vintage 1920s kitchen with stove, and striking paintings. Once back in Carlsbad, do stroll past the Pecos River Flume which appeared in Ripley's Believe or Not as the river that crosses itself. A good idea is to get yourself photographed against the iconic backdrop of the flume which was rebuilt in 1903, and is now a defining landmark and meeting point for locals during the evenings.
Subterranean Adventures and Desert Delights - Carlsbad Day Trip Ideas
No one should leave Carlsbad without exploring the striking landscapes of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Beneath all those desert wildflowers, sea ledges, and rocky canyons lie a labyrinth of secret underground caverns adorned with glowing stalactites. Watch thousands of bats take flight in a mesmerizing tornado-like scene as they fly out of the caverns into the desert night sky. It's worth taking the Bat Flight Program led by a ranger at the amphitheater. Across the park, you can also go birding at Rattlesnake Springs, mountain biking, rock climbing, or embark on a nature trail hike.
Spread over 1200 acres, the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park is alive with Chihuahuan desert wildlife: prairie dogs, wolves, bobcats, coyotes, bears, mountain lions, and reptiles to name a few. On your rest day, why not explore the Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, a waterfront park along the idyllic Pecos River. Come here to swim, water ski, or just soak up the New Mexican sun in pleasant surroundings.
Festivities, Boats, Lights, and the River
The Carlsbad Downtown Farmer's Market is a great spot to pick up farm-fresh fruits and veggies, meats, cheeses, and even local crafts. CAVERNFEST, meanwhile, is New Mexico's premier summer family event where you can look forward to everything from inflatables to beer gardens, all-day live music, corn hole tournaments, and even volleyball. You'll need to book your lodging in advance for this one.
Considered one of the top 100 'must see events in North America', Christmas on the Pecos is a truly magical affair with its twinkling lights and elaborate themed displays. The highlight of the event is the 40-minute boat tour led by a knowledgeable guide, which takes you past beautifully-lit islands and boat docks. Winter Wine Festival is part of Christmas on the Pecos, and it combines the romance of winter with sophisticated wine-tasting sessions by the river. Expect fine wines, lively parties, and holiday-themed arts and crafts in Carlsbad each December.
Information about vacation rentals in Carlsbad
|🏡 Vacation rentals||456 properties|
|💳 Possible discounts||up to 40%|
|🌙 Nightly prices starting at||$66|
|⭐ Popular amenities||Internet, TV and Air conditioning|
|🐾 Pet friendly accommodations||39 properties|
|🏊 Vacation rentals with pools||285 properties|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average nightly price for a vacation rental in Carlsbad?
The nightly price of accommodations in Carlsbad starts at $66. If you are looking for a house rental, the nightly price is $264 on average. A bed & breakfast Carlsbad will cost on average $238 per night.
How many vacation rentals are available for booking in Carlsbad?
Currently there are 456 vacation rentals from 5 providers in Carlsbad.
What are the most popular amenities for vacation rentals in Carlsbad?
If you're looking to book a vacation rental in Carlsbad, others search for accommodation with TV, Internet and Air conditioning.
How many vacation homes with a pool are in Carlsbad?
There are 285 vacation rentals across 5 providers in Carlsbad.
Are pets allowed in vacation homes in Carlsbad?
In case if you are traveling with a pet in Carlsbad - 8% of rentals allow pets.
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