Vista is located in the northern portion of San Diego County and is only about 10 miles from the beach. Together with the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside, Vista is the third leg in what is known as the “Tri-City Area” of North San Diego County. Vista is served by several neighborhood shopping centers as well as a regional shopping center located within seven miles. In addition, Vista boasts six times the national average of parks located within its borders, largely due to the abundance of open land, especially in the northern part of the city. Two of the most well-known are Guajome County Park and Brengle Terrace Park.
Rancho Guajome Adobe and Rancho Buena Vista, both built in the mid-nineteenth century, offer tours to students and visitors. Another popular Vista attraction is the Wave Waterpark, located near the downtown area and open during spring, summer, and early fall. Old Town Vista offers a variety of quaint shops and businesses, restaurants, bars and even a wonderful movie theatre for even more entertainment. Vista is also home to the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, which features a variety of agricultural equipment from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Vista’s geographic location makes for ideal year-round temperatures, averaging a perfect 65 degrees most of the year. It is also in close proximity to many world-class attractions in San Diego and Orange Counties, such as LEGOland (Carlsbad, about 8 miles west), The San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City.
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