July 31, 2017

Best of Carlsbad & Oceanside: Top Spots for Icy Treats

Best of Carlsbad  Oceanside Top Spots for Icy Treats  Beachside Vacation Rentals

This week, we are picking up where we left off with our favorite icy treats in Southern California! Filled with fun activities and places to visit-like the Carlsbad Flower Fields, Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the Oceanside Pier, and surf lessons at Carlsbad State Beach, the Carlsbad and Oceanside region has plenty to offer in both fun and flavor. For your next California vacation or beachside vacation, be sure to visit one of our top picks for best icy treats in these two cities!

The Baked Bear
7610 Via Campanile
Ste 142
Carlsbad, CA 92009


The Baked Bear is at the top of our list of things to do while in Carlsbad. Take This ice cream cookie sandwich specialty shop creates unique and amazing treats for any family vacation in California (if you take a look at their Instagram feed your mouth is sure to start watering!). The Baked Bear's custom ice cream sandwiches allow you to mix and match brownies, doughnuts, or classic cookies, combined with a scoop of ice cream, to create your own unique creation. With lots of fun flavors and toppings, The Baked Bear has every option for the sweets-lover out there! Not sure what to order? Order the sandwich of the month or one of their most popular flavors written on the wall. Customers love that The Baked Bear is clean, simple, and deliciously fun!

Gaia Gelato
300 Carlsbad Village Dr
Ste 104
Carlsbad, CA 92008


If you are tired from a long day of exploring things to do in Orange County, try stopping by Gaia Gelato for some fresh gelato. With flavors that accommodate dietary restrictions well (all of their gelato is gluten free, and the sorbetti and granite are dairy free too!), Gaia Gelato is a great choice for ice cream lovers with food allergies. We love Gaia because they make their Gelato fresh every day, and you can choose up to 3 flavors in any cup size! So go ahead and go crazy! You'll want to try all of the unique flavors at Gaia, like the coffee and rum flavor, caramel, or whiskey and cream, not to mention the honey and lavender, Mexican chocolate, and Zen (green tea with lemongrass and spearmint),  The possibilities are endless at this small shop with big flavor, and the flavors change seasonally, so you'll always find something new!

Bonus: Gaia also serves affogato - gelato topped by hot espresso - perfect for when you need a sweet caffeine kick to get you through the afternoon!

Beach City Smoothies
594 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008


Craving a more healthy and delicious icy treat? Beach City Smoothies boasts one of the best acai bowls in Carlsbad and we think it’s worth a try! Customers love the not too thick, not too thin consistency of these bowls, and the ability to customize them (with fruit, granola, or spinach, etc.). Though acai bowls can be pricey, the organic and fresh ingredients put into these beauties live up to the hype and Beach City Smoothies does them right giving you a delicious energy boost and a healthy dose of fruit!

Beach City Smoothies is centrally located in Carlsbad Village, just three blocks from the beach, so they're a great place to stop by if you're shopping in Carlsbad Village or having a beach day at Carlsbad State Beach!

Sub Zero Ice Cream
201 Oak Ave
Ste D
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Sub Zero is the ultimate custom ice cream experience. Rather than having a selection of ready made flavors, at Sub Zero you create your ice cream dream, which is then frozen on the spot. Choose your size, then choose your base. You can go for the classic thick custard base, or a low fat, sugar free, or even a vegan base depending on your dietary needs. Then choose ice cream flavors (like cheesecake, mint, or nutella) and mix-ins (like coconut flakes, cookie dough, or gummy bears). Then stand back while your creation is blasted with nitrogen to quickly freeze it into a fresh frosty treat!

If that sounds like way too many decisions for you, try one of their suggested flavor combinations like the Mass Mocha Madness or Magnetic Mint!

JoJo’s Creamery
937 S Coast Highway 101
Ste 106
Encinitas, CA 92024

Though not as well-known as the others, JoJo’s is the perfect ice cream shop for your mid-day pick me up. With a 5 star rating, there is no going wrong with this ice cream escape. Jojo's has a smaller selection of flavors than some other creameries, but every flavor is carefully made from scratch, and every order includes a fresh cookie, with gluten free cookies available! Try one of their "tried and true" flavors like the Cayenne Salted Caramel, Mint Cookies & Cream or Peanut Butter Honeycomb, or take a look at the current seasonal flavors like this summer's vegan Cookie Monster with a gluten free waffle cone! Everything is always super fresh and made from scratch with natural ingredients, making this one of our favorite picks for ice cream in the Carlsbad & Oceanside area!

Bonus: Jojo's also has really charming ambiance and ample outdoor seating, so you can relax and enjoy your ice cream!

If you're looking for a larger selection of flavors can always head over to Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt . Handels has a huge selection of flavors, which can be amazing or overwhelming depending on your preference. If you decide to check out Handels, be prepared to wait. This popular spot often has a line out the door.

Ocean Rainbow
3784 Mission Ave
Ste 147
Oceanside, CA 92058

Ice cream starting at just $1? Yes please!!! Ocean Rainbow is home to authentic Mexican dessert, like sorbets, ice cream, and fruit. With budget-friendly prices and flavors to please every palate, you can’t go wrong stopping by this family owned business. At Ocean Rainbow you'll find ice cream flavors like walnut, burned milk, and cheesecake, and popsicle flavors like guava, eggnog, cheese, coconut and oreo cookie. You can also order shaved ice here, or, one of our favorites, the chamango packed with mango slices and ice cream. Don't forget to order a corn elote in a cup, or tostilocos as well for a delicious snack! Bring cash for purchases under $5, and expect a line on busy weekends!

Jb Juice and Coffee
4635 Frazee Rd
Oceanside, CA 92057

This hidden gem has everything a smoothie and shake lover could want. If you are craving boba, or a smoothie with a bit more texture, JB Juice is the place for you. Try the yogurt shake with strawberry and mango, wheatgrass green smoothie, strawberry milky frost, or any other fantastic flavors alone, or add boba, popping boba, or rainbow jelly! With classic milk teas also available, Jb is the perfect fusion of Asian tea house and smoothie shop, and one of our favorite picks for icy treats in Oceanside!

Voodoo Freeze Shave Ice
514 Oceanside Blvd
Oceanside, CA 92054

Last, but not least, Voodoo Freeze is the perfect place to stop for a Hawaiian inspired icy treat. At Voodoo’s it’s all about the details, like color changing spoons, dip n dots nestled in the bottom of shave ice, and chocolate straws. These fun details, combined with a variety of flavors and friendly service, make for a creative experience and magnificent shaved ice creation! If you are looking for some fresh shave ice with a fun twist and lots of colorful family fun, Voodoo is the place for you!

Note, you might have a bit of trouble finding Voodoo Freeze because it's not a full size restaurant. Look for the colorful "shave ice" banner and don't be putt off by Voodoo Freeze's small size! This little shop serves up a lot of flavor!

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