Visitor Information


Visitors Overview
Located in the beautiful foothills of northern San Diego County is San Marcos.

HikersFrom miles of trails in the local hills, to unique dining and shopping opportunities in its retail centers, San Marcos has all the ingredients that make visiting enjoyable.

Just a 35-minute drive south takes you to downtown San Diego, while a short jaunt west across north county takes you to the majestic shores of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Home to Palomar College, California State University San Marcos, Coleman University, and the University of St. Augustine, the City has also become the heart of education in San Diego North.

A dedication to parks and community services is another priority for the City of San Marcos. In addition to its rich recreational and cultural programs for children, teens, adults and seniors, the City will be constructing and opening the 4.7-acre recreational Connors Park by Fall of 2013 – bringing the total number of parks in San Marcos to 17 major parks and 18 mini parks.

CreeksideQuality centers like Creekside Marketplace, Nordahl Center, Grand Plaza and Old California Restaurant Row have all become popular shopping and dining destinations, and plans for thoughtful future developments like the San Marcos Downtown Creek District, Palomar Station and University Village will quickly put San Marcos on the map as a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Community theatre, music and fine arts organizations are also alive and well in San Marcos. The City’s own “Theatre West” group presents outstanding community theatre production, while the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and the Performing Arts Center at Palomar College both bring entertainment of high acclaim to the local area.

San Marcos is home to a Ramada Limited, Hampton Inn and a new Residence Inn by Marriott.

San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
San Diego North Convention and Visitors Bureau
San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau
San Diego Union Tribune
North County Times