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Escondido is a lovely town located in southern California, just north of the city of San Diego. The name "Escondido" means "hidden" in Spanish, and is an apt description for the city that is situated in a shallow valley ringed by picturesque rocky hills. Escondido is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County, founded in 1888 and its the fourth largest city in the county, with a population of approximately 150,000 residents. Downtown Escondido has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with numerous restaurants, cafes, art galleries and shops opening for business. April through September, the city hosts the popular "Cruisin Grand," where the pubic can view historic, classic cars and hot rods. Other attractions in the city include the Mingei Museum, which displays handcrafts from around the world and the California Center for the Arts, which is located in Grape Day Park. The art center features a childrens museum, the citys original Santa Fe Depot, the first library in town, a Victorian house, barn and blacksmith shop. Three large lakes are also located in the city and offer fishing and boating. A Certified Farmers Market is held in Escondido every Tuesday, year-round from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Vendors showcase fresh-picked produce and flowers, local honey, eggs, fresh roasted nuts, gourment European breads, salsa, tamales, breads and much more. The farmers market is located on Grand Avenue between Kalmia and Juniper.

Surrounding areas: Lake San Marcos, California (7.1 mi), Rancho Bernardo, California (7.1 mi), San Pasqual, California (7.9 mi), Rancho Santa Fe, California (9.6 mi), Vista, California (10.6 mi), Poway, California (11.2 mi), Encinitas, California (11.9 mi)

Escondido Vacation Rentals

Escondido Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Escondido1700 Seven Oaks RdEscondido, CA (760) 740-1700
Castle Creek Resort & Spa28950 Cir R WayEscondido, CA (888) 723-3569
Comfort Inn-escondido1290 W Vly PkwyEscondido, CA (800) 541-6012
Golden Door Fitness ResortEscondido, CA (760) 744-6677
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1250 W Vly PkwyEscondido, CA (760) 741-7117
Howard Johnson515 W Washington AveEscondido, CA (760) 743-1443
Motel 6 #1047900 N Quince StEscondido, CA (760) 745-9252
Rodeway Inn250 W El Norte PkwyEscondido, CA (760) 746-0441
Sheridan Inn1341 N Escondido BlvdEscondido, CA (800) 258-8527
Hampton Inn123 E Carmel StSan Marcos, CA4.6 mi.(760) 736-9249
Golden Door777 Deer SPGS RdSan Marcos, CA4.9 mi.(760) 744-5777
Lake San Marcos Resort1025 Ln Bonita DrSan Marcos, CA4.9 mi.(760) 744-0120
Ramada LTD517 San Marcos BlvdSan Marcos, CA5.3 mi.(760) 471-2800
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Rancho Bernardo17240 Bernardo Center DrSan Diego, CA6.5 mi.(858) 676-1660
Holiday Inn Rancho Bernardo17065 W Bernardo DrSan Diego, CA6.5 mi.(858) 485-6530
Radisson Suite Hotel Rancho Bernardo/San Diego11520 W Bernardo CtSan Diego, CA6.8 mi.(858) 451-6600
Courtyard By Marriott San Diego/Rancho Bernardo11611 Bernardo Plaza CtSan Diego, CA7.0 mi.(858) 613-2000
Rodeway Inn Rancho Bernardo16929 W Bernardo DrSan Diego, CA7.6 mi.(858) 487-0445
La Quinta Motor Inn #643630 Sycamore AveVista, CA8.2 mi.(760) 727-8180
Doubletree Golf Resort14455 Penasquitos DrSan Diego, CA9.8 mi.(858) 672-9100
Residence Inn By Marriott San Diego North11002 Rancho Carmel DrSan Diego, CA9.9 mi.(858) 673-1900
Hotel Rancho Vista537 S Santa Fe AveVista, CA10.4 mi.(760) 726-0660
La Costa Resort And Spa2100 Costa Del Mar RdCarlsbad, CA10.7 mi.(619) 438-9111
Evening Creek10918 Evening Creek Dr ESan Diego, CA10.9 mi.(858) 391-0350
Courtyard By Marriott Carlsbad5835 Owens AveCarlsbad, CA11.4 mi.(800) 321-2211
Residence Inn By Marriott Carlsbad2000 Faraday AveCarlsbad, CA11.6 mi.(800) 331-3131
Ramada LTD12448 Poway RdPoway, CA11.6 mi.(858) 748-7311
Best Western Country Inn13845 Poway RdPoway, CA11.7 mi.(858) 748-6320
La Quinta Inn #365710185 Paseo MontrilSan Diego, CA11.7 mi.(619) 484-8800
Suerte/us Suites9904 Kika CTSan Deigo, CA12.4 mi.(619) 554-0300
Comfort Inn Cardiff By The Sea1661 Villa Cardiff DrCardiff By Sea, CA12.6 mi.(760) 944-0427
Days Inn - Encinitas133 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA12.9 mi.(760) 944-0260
Best Western Inn & Suites-encinitas85 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA13.0 mi.(760) 942-7455
Ocean Inn Hotel1444 N Coast Hwy 101Encinitas, CA13.1 mi.(760) 436-1988
Cardiff By The Sea Lodge142 Chesterfield DrCardiff By Sea, CA13.2 mi.(760) 944-6474
Motel 6 #471750 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA13.2 mi.(619) 431-0745
Quality Inn & Suites715 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA13.2 mi.(760) 931-1185
Econo Lodge410 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA13.2 mi.(760) 436-4999
Howerd Johnson Inn607 Leucadia BlvdEncinitas, CA13.2 mi.(760) 944-3800
Leucadia Beach Motel1322 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA13.2 mi.(760) 943-7461

Escondido Weather & Climate

Sunshine almost every day and winters that are mild and free of snow attract millions to the southern California coastline, between Los Angeles and San Diego, every year. The climate is mostly classified as Mediterranean with winters being just a few degrees cooler than summers. There is little to no rain from May through September or October, which is great for outdoors activities, but bad for fire danger. Fog and low clouds usually hug the coastline in the summertime in the late evening and the wee hours of the morning, but burns off by midday. The rainy season generally runs November through March or sometimes April. Thunderstorms are infrequent and light. As you move further inland away from the cooling effect of the ocean breezes, temperatures become warmer with more variation between summer and winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 68°F 42°F 3.37 in. 57°F
February 69°F 44°F 3.16 in. 57°F
March 70°F 46°F 3.30 in. 58°F
April 74°F 49°F 1.04 in. 60°F
May 77°F 54°F 0.27 in. 62°F
June 83°F 57°F 0.11 in. 64°F
July 88°F 61°F 0.07 in. 66°F
August 89°F 63°F 0.02 in. 69°F
September 86°F 61°F 0.22 in. 67°F
October 81°F 54°F 0.44 in. 63°F
November 73°F 46°F 1.32 in. 61°F
December 69°F 41°F 1.78 in. 59°F

Escondido Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the San Diego International airport (SAN) located about 27 miles south of Escondido in San Diego, California, the Palm Springs International airport (PSP) located approximately 59 miles northeast of Escondido in Palm Springs, California, the Jacqueline Cochran Regional airport (TRM) located roughly 63 miles northeast of Escondido in Palm Springs, California, and finally the San Bernardino International airport (SBD) located around 68 miles north of Escondido in San Bernardino, California.

Escondido Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA15.5 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA23.5 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA60.3 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA64.9 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA68.8 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA68.8 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA68.8 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA72.9 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA73.7 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA74.9 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA40.4 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA58.2 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA64.9 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA73.7 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA79.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Castle Creek Country ClubEscondidoCA 
Meadow Lake Golf ClubEscondidoCA 
Reidy Creek Golf CourseEscondidoCA 
Vineyard at EscondidoEscondidoCA 
Twin Oaks Golf CourseSan MarcosCA4.5 mi.
Woods Valley Golf ClubValley CenterCA7.0 mi.
Lake San Marcos Resort & Executive Golf CourseLake San MarcosCA7.1 mi.
Maderas Golf ClubPowayCA11.5 mi.
Encinitas Ranch Golf CourseEncinitasCA11.9 mi.
Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf CourseSolana BeachCA12.2 mi.
Rancho Carlsbad Country ClubCarlsbadCA12.2 mi.
Mt Woodson Golf ClubRamonaCA14.2 mi.
San Vicente Inn & Golf ClubRamonaCA14.2 mi.
Emerald Isle Golf CourseOceansideCA15.3 mi.
Oceanside Center City Golf CourseOceansideCA15.3 mi.
Oceanside Golf CourseOceansideCA15.3 mi.
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf CourseLa JollaCA17.5 mi.
Fallbrook Golf ClubFallbrookCA19.5 mi.
Barona Creek Golf ClubLakesideCA20.9 mi.
Willowbrook Country ClubLakesideCA20.9 mi.
Balboa Park Municipal Golf ClubSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Carmel Mountain Country ClubSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf ClubSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Mission Bay Golf CourseSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Mission Trails Golf CourseSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Oaks North Golf CourseSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Tecolote Canyon Golf CourseSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Cottonwood at Rancho San DiegoEl CajonCA23.9 mi.
Sun Valley Golf CourseLa MesaCA24.4 mi.
Colina Park Golf CourseSan DiegoCA25.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA75.2 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA91.4 mi.
State Parks
Palomar Mountain State ParkCA18.1 mi. 
Cuyamaca State ParkCA33.1 mi. 
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA10.6 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA15.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA17.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA17.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
ICR Museum of Creation & Earth HistorySanteeCA20.5 mi.(Science)
Computer Museum of AmericaLa MesaCA24.6 mi.(Technology)
San Diego Historical SocietySan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(History)
San Diego Maritime MuseumSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science CenterSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Science)
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Science)
Firehouse MuseumSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Technology)
Mingei International MuseumSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Art)
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Art)
San Diego Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Art)
Timken Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.(Art)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA37.1 mi.(History)
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA57.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA57.0 mi.(Art)
Agua Caliente Cultural MuseumPalm SpringsCA58.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA28.2 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA58.5 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA62.5 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA68.4 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA92.7 mi.

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