Rated one of the finest places in America to buy a home and retire by Fortune Magazine, friendly Carlsbad has clean air, a mild climate, low crime, a thriving economy, and a wide range of year-round recreational activities. On the stunning Pacific Coast between Los Angeles and San Diego, Carlsbad has many beautiful beaches and attractive parks. Live jazz in the park delights summer picnickers. Carlsbad Outlet Company Stores is a large outdoor mall attraction with brand-name, well-known stores offering their products for better prices. Two world-class golf resorts and more than thirty golfing businesses make the town one of the world’s top golfing destinations. Just inland from Carlsbad is La Costa, where many world golf and tennis championships are played. Children come from all over California to visit Legoland and tourism in general is a booming industry in Carlsbad. The local business park is thriving, with software, golf and communications firms at the forefront. Carlsbad has a wide range of homes, from stylish oceanfront properties to carefully planned new suburban developments. The Aviara development is a case in point, with its superb golf course and the only five-star resort in San Diego County. Carlsbad contains several distinctive communities and each has their own special features.