La Costa, California – The La Costa area of Carlsbad is one of the better known residential areas along the North San Diego County coast.The area began to develop around 1965 when several thousand acres of land were purchased and turned into a golf course, homes were built, and the Rancho La Costa Inn (later called the La Costa Resort and Spa) was created for visitors. The original resort has had several owners and was later renamed La Costa, thus giving the surrounding area its name. Formerly a separate “town” La Costa was annexed and later became part of Carlsbad, but many still refer to it by its original name.
La Costa has a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, many from Hollywood, the Rat Pack being the most well-known. A number of celebrities have had homes here along the golf course or rented properties in the area. La Costa offers an idyllic Southern California lifestyle, given the area is primarily residential, has beautiful views, and experiences a very pleasant coastal climate all year round. There are two small shopping centers as well as upscale shops at the resort. Nearby shopping of every description, however, can be found along El Camino Real, a major thoroughfare running north and south from Oceanside to Cardiff.