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Vista is a city of approximately 90,000 residents, located in San Diego County, just southeast of Oceanside. Together with Carlsbad and Oceanside, it makes up what is commonly referred to as the "Tri-City Area." The town of Vista is home to several unique attractions. There are two city-supported theaters, the Avo Playhouse and the Moonlight Amphitheater, the latter being an open-air theater that specializes in musical productions during the summer months. There are several city parks in Vista, and the Guajome County Park offers 557 acres of land for horseback riding, camping, hiking and is the site of the Rancho Guajome Adobe, a National Historic Landmark. In addition, the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, is located on East Vista Drive and is open for tours Wednesdays through Saturdays, with a gift shop and art gallery on the premises. The city of Vista also operates the Wave Waterpark, located near the downtown area and open from mid-spring to mid-fall. Also, be sure to visit the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, an open-air museum on 55-acres of rolling farmland that features agricultural equipment from the 1849 to 1950. Exhibits at the museum include a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, country kitchen and parlor, steam and gas industrial power units, farm equipment and more.

Surrounding areas: Oceanside, California (4.9 mi), Lake San Marcos, California (5.5 mi), Bonsall, California (6.2 mi), Carlsbad, California (6.3 mi), Escondido, California (10.6 mi), Encinitas, California (10.9 mi), Fallbrook, California (11.9 mi)

Vista Vacation Rentals

Vista Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hotel Rancho Vista537 S Santa Fe AveVista, CA (760) 726-0660
La Quinta Motor Inn #643630 Sycamore AveVista, CA (760) 727-8180
Montecito Village4302 Cassanna WayOceanside, CA3.8 mi.(760) 433-6000
Extended Stay America San Diego Oceanside3190 Vista WayOceanside, CA4.8 mi.(760) 439-1499
Holiday Inn Express3170 Vista WayOceanside, CA4.8 mi.(760) 757-2200
Residence Inn By Marriott Carlsbad2000 Faraday AveCarlsbad, CA5.2 mi.(800) 331-3131
Ramada LTD517 San Marcos BlvdSan Marcos, CA5.8 mi.(760) 471-2800
Golden Door777 Deer SPGS RdSan Marcos, CA5.9 mi.(760) 744-5777
Lake San Marcos Resort1025 Ln Bonita DrSan Marcos, CA5.9 mi.(760) 744-0120
Courtyard By Marriott Carlsbad5835 Owens AveCarlsbad, CA6.0 mi.(800) 321-2211
Hampton Inn123 E Carmel StSan Marcos, CA6.3 mi.(760) 736-9249
Extended Stay America1050 Grand AveCarlsbad, CA6.4 mi.(760) 729-9380
Super 8 Motel Carlsbad3700 Pio Pico DrCarlsbad, CA6.4 mi.(760) 720-0808
The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel5805 Armada DrCarlsbad, CA6.7 mi.(760) 827-3200
Inns Of America Suites5010 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA6.9 mi.(760) 929-8200
Motel 6 #10211006 Carlsbad VLG DrCarlsbad, CA6.9 mi.(619) 434-7135
West Inn & Suites4970 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA6.9 mi.(760) 448-4500
Best Western Oceanside Inn1680 Oceanside BlvdOceanside, CA6.9 mi.(619) 722-1821
Best Western Beach View Lodge3180 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA7.0 mi.(619) 729-1151
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort3075 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA7.0 mi.(619) 434-7020
Motel 6 #13516117 Paseo Del NorteCarlsbad, CA7.0 mi.(619) 438-1242
Best Western Beach Terrace Inn2775 Ocean StCarlsbad, CA7.1 mi.(760) 729-5951
Holiday Inn-carlsbad By The Sea850 Palomar Airport RdCarlsbad, CA7.1 mi.(760) 438-7880
Surf Motel3136 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA7.4 mi.(760) 729-7961
Quality Inn & Suites1403 Mission AveOceanside, CA7.5 mi.(760) 721-6663
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad6450 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA7.6 mi.(460) 476-0800
Fairfield Inn Carlsbad760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA7.7 mi.(760) 438-2828
La Costa Resort And Spa2100 Costa Del Mar RdCarlsbad, CA7.7 mi.(619) 438-9111
Quality Inn & Suites Near Legoland760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA7.7 mi.(760) 438-2828
Ramada Carlsbad751 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA7.7 mi.(760) 438-2285
Motel 6 #471750 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA7.8 mi.(619) 431-0745
Quality Inn & Suites715 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA7.8 mi.(760) 931-1185
Motel 6 #6793708 PLZ DrOceanside, CA7.9 mi.(619) 941-1011
Oceanside Marina Inn2008 HBR Dr NorthOceanside, CA7.9 mi.(888) 723-3569
Ramada Limited1440 MSN BlvdOceanside, CA7.9 mi.(800) 272-6232
Villa Marina Suites Hotel2008 HBR Dr NOceanside, CA7.9 mi.(619) 722-1561
Comfort Suites-marina888 N Coast HwyOceanside, CA8.3 mi.(760) 722-8880
Guesthouse Inn & Suites1103 N Coast HwyOceanside, CA8.3 mi.(760) 722-1904
La Quinta Inn Oceanside937 N Coast HwyOceanside, CA8.3 mi.(760) 450-0730
Motel 6 Oceanside Downtown909 N Coast HwyOceanside, CA8.3 mi.(760) 721-1543

Vista 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 67°F 45°F 3.13 in. 57°F
February 68°F 45°F 2.66 in. 57°F
March 68°F 47°F 2.83 in. 58°F
April 72°F 49°F 0.94 in. 60°F
May 73°F 54°F 0.27 in. 62°F
June 77°F 57°F 0.13 in. 64°F
July 82°F 60°F 0.05 in. 66°F
August 83°F 62°F 0.11 in. 69°F
September 82°F 60°F 0.31 in. 67°F
October 78°F 55°F 0.45 in. 63°F
November 73°F 48°F 1.28 in. 61°F
December 68°F 44°F 1.53 in. 59°F

Vista Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palm Springs International airport (PSP) located about 60 miles northeast of Vista in Palm Springs, California, the San Bernardino International airport (SBD) located approximately 61 miles north of Vista in San Bernardino, California, the Ontario International airport (ONT) located roughly 62 miles northwest of Vista in Ontario, California, and finally the Long Beach airport (LGB) located around 67 miles northwest of Vista in Long Beach, California.

Vista Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA6.9 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA32.4 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA52.8 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA58.5 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA58.5 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA58.5 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA59.2 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA63.4 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA64.1 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA66.3 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA32.7 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA59.2 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA59.3 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA63.4 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA70.6 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA111.1 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA116.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Oceanside Center City Golf CourseOceansideCA4.9 mi.
Oceanside Golf CourseOceansideCA4.9 mi.
Emerald Isle Golf CourseOceansideCA5.0 mi.
Lake San Marcos Resort & Executive Golf CourseLake San MarcosCA5.5 mi.
Rancho Carlsbad Country ClubCarlsbadCA6.3 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseSan MarcosCA6.3 mi.
Encinitas Ranch Golf CourseEncinitasCA10.9 mi.
Castle Creek Country ClubEscondidoCA11.2 mi.
Meadow Lake Golf ClubEscondidoCA11.2 mi.
Reidy Creek Golf CourseEscondidoCA11.2 mi.
Vineyard at EscondidoEscondidoCA11.2 mi.
Fallbrook Golf ClubFallbrookCA11.9 mi.
Woods Valley Golf ClubValley CenterCA12.3 mi.
Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf CourseSolana BeachCA13.6 mi.
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf CourseLa JollaCA20.5 mi.
Maderas Golf ClubPowayCA20.6 mi.
Cross Creek Golf ClubTemeculaCA22.0 mi.
Rancho del Cielo Golf CourseTemeculaCA22.0 mi.
Redhawk Golf ClubTemeculaCA22.0 mi.
Temeku Hills Golf CourseTemeculaCA22.0 mi.
Colony Country ClubMurrietaCA24.3 mi.
SCGA Members Club at Rancho CaliforniaMurrietaCA24.3 mi.
Mt Woodson Golf ClubRamonaCA24.7 mi.
San Vicente Inn & Golf ClubRamonaCA24.7 mi.
San Clemente Municipal Golf CourseSan ClementeCA27.4 mi.
Shorecliffs Golf ClubSan ClementeCA27.4 mi.
Talega Golf ClubSan ClementeCA27.4 mi.
Balboa Park Municipal Golf ClubSan DiegoCA29.6 mi.
Carmel Mountain Country ClubSan DiegoCA29.6 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf ClubSan DiegoCA29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA70.1 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA83.3 mi.
State Parks
Palomar Mountain State ParkCA21.7 mi. 
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA(Technology)
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA6.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA7.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA7.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA26.5 mi.(History)
ICR Museum of Creation & Earth HistorySanteeCA29.4 mi.(Science)
Computer Museum of AmericaLa MesaCA32.5 mi.(Technology)
San Diego Historical SocietySan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(History)
San Diego Maritime MuseumSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science CenterSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Science)
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Science)
Firehouse MuseumSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Technology)
Mingei International MuseumSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Art)
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Art)
San Diego Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Art)
Timken Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.(Art)
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA46.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA46.6 mi.(Art)
National Bicycle History Archive of AmericaSanta AnaCA52.1 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA33.9 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA52.1 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA58.3 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA61.7 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA82.4 mi.

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