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Lake-San-Marcos is a small town in northern San Diego County, located along Highway 78 southeast of Oceanside and west of Escondido. This fast growing town is situated in the Twin Oaks Valley, where the very first American settler in this area built a 160-acre homestead. This is a lovely area of southern California, surrounded by sprawling horse ranches and farms and fruit orchards. It is home to San Diego's only lakefront resort, as well as three 18-hole golf courses and several driving ranges. There are two stables in the area for horseback riding, access to lakes, beaches and regional recreational facilities, plus many parks and hiking and biking trails. The city of San Marcos has a new Civic Center that is located on the northern portion of a 60-acre Town Center, and the 300-acre Cal State San Marcos is on the south side, and offers lots of cultural opportunities including theater, music and fine arts. Lake San Marcos has dozens of restaurants, with everything from seafood to ethnic foods, and shopping opportunities. San Marcos is a town with a laid-back, peaceful atmosphere, and a near-perfect climate - a wonderful combination for a relaxing vacation destination. For more action, just a short drive south takes you to all of the well-known San Diego attractions such as Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Mission Beach, Legoland and Balboa Park.

Surrounding areas: Carlsbad, California (5.2 mi), Vista, California (5.5 mi), Encinitas, California (6.8 mi), Escondido, California (7.1 mi), Rancho Santa Fe, California (7.3 mi), Cardiff by the Sea, California (8.1 mi), Oceanside, California (9.0 mi)

Lake San Marcos Vacation Rentals

Lake San Marcos Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ramada LTD517 San Marcos BlvdSan Marcos, CA2.1 mi.(760) 471-2800
Hampton Inn123 E Carmel StSan Marcos, CA2.6 mi.(760) 736-9249
Golden Door777 Deer SPGS RdSan Marcos, CA2.7 mi.(760) 744-5777
Lake San Marcos Resort1025 Ln Bonita DrSan Marcos, CA2.7 mi.(760) 744-0120
La Quinta Motor Inn #643630 Sycamore AveVista, CA2.7 mi.(760) 727-8180
La Costa Resort And Spa2100 Costa Del Mar RdCarlsbad, CA4.3 mi.(619) 438-9111
Courtyard By Marriott Carlsbad5835 Owens AveCarlsbad, CA4.4 mi.(800) 321-2211
Residence Inn By Marriott Carlsbad2000 Faraday AveCarlsbad, CA4.5 mi.(800) 331-3131
Hotel Rancho Vista537 S Santa Fe AveVista, CA5.2 mi.(760) 726-0660
The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel5805 Armada DrCarlsbad, CA6.2 mi.(760) 827-3200
Fairfield Inn Carlsbad760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA6.3 mi.(760) 438-2828
Motel 6 #471750 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA6.3 mi.(619) 431-0745
Quality Inn & Suites Near Legoland760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA6.3 mi.(760) 438-2828
Quality Inn & Suites715 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA6.3 mi.(760) 931-1185
Ramada Carlsbad751 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA6.3 mi.(760) 438-2285
Holiday Inn-carlsbad By The Sea850 Palomar Airport RdCarlsbad, CA6.6 mi.(760) 438-7880
Motel 6 #13516117 Paseo Del NorteCarlsbad, CA6.6 mi.(619) 438-1242
Motel 6 #1047900 N Quince StEscondido, CA6.6 mi.(760) 745-9252
Rodeway Inn250 W El Norte PkwyEscondido, CA6.6 mi.(760) 746-0441
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad6450 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA6.7 mi.(460) 476-0800
Ocean Inn Hotel1444 N Coast Hwy 101Encinitas, CA6.7 mi.(760) 436-1988
Sheridan Inn1341 N Escondido BlvdEscondido, CA6.7 mi.(800) 258-8527
Howard Johnson515 W Washington AveEscondido, CA6.8 mi.(760) 743-1443
Surf Motel3136 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA6.9 mi.(760) 729-7961
Howerd Johnson Inn607 Leucadia BlvdEncinitas, CA7.0 mi.(760) 944-3800
Best Western Escondido1700 Seven Oaks RdEscondido, CA7.1 mi.(760) 740-1700
Castle Creek Resort & Spa28950 Cir R WayEscondido, CA7.1 mi.(888) 723-3569
Comfort Inn-escondido1290 W Vly PkwyEscondido, CA7.1 mi.(800) 541-6012
Golden Door Fitness ResortEscondido, CA7.1 mi.(760) 744-6677
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1250 W Vly PkwyEscondido, CA7.1 mi.(760) 741-7117
Inns Of America Suites5010 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA7.2 mi.(760) 929-8200
West Inn & Suites4970 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA7.2 mi.(760) 448-4500
Days Inn - Encinitas133 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA7.2 mi.(760) 944-0260
Best Western Inn & Suites-encinitas85 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA7.3 mi.(760) 942-7455
Extended Stay America San Diego Oceanside3190 Vista WayOceanside, CA7.7 mi.(760) 439-1499
Holiday Inn Express3170 Vista WayOceanside, CA7.7 mi.(760) 757-2200
Comfort Inn Cardiff By The Sea1661 Villa Cardiff DrCardiff By Sea, CA7.8 mi.(760) 944-0427
Super 8 Motel Carlsbad3700 Pio Pico DrCarlsbad, CA7.8 mi.(760) 720-0808
Econo Lodge410 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA7.8 mi.(760) 436-4999
Leucadia Beach Motel1322 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA7.8 mi.(760) 943-7461

Lake San Marcos 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

Lake San Marcos 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 Lake San Marcos in San Diego, California, the Palm Springs International airport (PSP) located approximately 63 miles northeast of Lake San Marcos in Palm Springs, California, the San Bernardino International airport (SBD) located roughly 66 miles north of Lake San Marcos in San Bernardino, California, and finally the Ontario International airport (ONT) located around 68 miles northwest of Lake San Marcos in Ontario, California.

Lake San Marcos Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA8.5 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA27.0 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA58.2 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA63.7 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA63.7 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA63.7 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA64.2 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA68.5 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA69.6 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA71.7 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA38.1 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA61.9 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA64.2 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA68.5 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA76.0 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA116.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake San Marcos Resort & Executive Golf CourseLake San MarcosCA 
Twin Oaks Golf CourseSan MarcosCA2.9 mi.
Rancho Carlsbad Country ClubCarlsbadCA5.2 mi.
Encinitas Ranch Golf CourseEncinitasCA6.8 mi.
Castle Creek Country ClubEscondidoCA7.5 mi.
Meadow Lake Golf ClubEscondidoCA7.5 mi.
Reidy Creek Golf CourseEscondidoCA7.5 mi.
Vineyard at EscondidoEscondidoCA7.5 mi.
Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf CourseSolana BeachCA8.8 mi.
Emerald Isle Golf CourseOceansideCA9.0 mi.
Oceanside Center City Golf CourseOceansideCA9.0 mi.
Oceanside Golf CourseOceansideCA9.0 mi.
Woods Valley Golf ClubValley CenterCA11.8 mi.
Maderas Golf ClubPowayCA15.4 mi.
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf CourseLa JollaCA15.5 mi.
Fallbrook Golf ClubFallbrookCA17.1 mi.
Mt Woodson Golf ClubRamonaCA21.0 mi.
San Vicente Inn & Golf ClubRamonaCA21.0 mi.
Balboa Park Municipal Golf ClubSan DiegoCA24.2 mi.
Carmel Mountain Country ClubSan DiegoCA24.2 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf ClubSan DiegoCA24.2 mi.
Mission Bay Golf CourseSan DiegoCA24.2 mi.
Mission Trails Golf CourseSan DiegoCA24.2 mi.
Oaks North Golf CourseSan DiegoCA24.2 mi.
Tecolote Canyon Golf CourseSan DiegoCA24.2 mi.
Barona Creek Golf ClubLakesideCA25.3 mi.
Willowbrook Country ClubLakesideCA25.3 mi.
Presidio Hills Golf CourseSan DiegoCA25.5 mi.
Cross Creek Golf ClubTemeculaCA26.5 mi.
Rancho del Cielo Golf CourseTemeculaCA26.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA75.0 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA88.8 mi.
State Parks
Palomar Mountain State ParkCA22.7 mi. 
Cuyamaca State ParkCA39.9 mi. 
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA5.5 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA8.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA11.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA11.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
ICR Museum of Creation & Earth HistorySanteeCA24.1 mi.(Science)
Computer Museum of AmericaLa MesaCA27.0 mi.(Technology)
San Diego Historical SocietySan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(History)
San Diego Maritime MuseumSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science CenterSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Science)
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Science)
Firehouse MuseumSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Technology)
Mingei International MuseumSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Art)
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Art)
San Diego Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Art)
Timken Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.(Art)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA31.2 mi.(History)
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA51.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA51.6 mi.(Art)
National Bicycle History Archive of AmericaSanta AnaCA57.3 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA28.5 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA57.3 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA63.3 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA63.5 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA87.4 mi.

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