Escondido, California – This growing, thriving Southern California community is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County. Escondido means ‘hidden’ in Spanish and is located in a long valley between the coastal mountains. Featuring an historic and bustling downtown, this vibrant city is surrounded by avocado and citrus groves, farms and wineries. Escondido is home to the California Center for the Arts, which attracts world-class entertainment, lakes, golf courses, galleries, farmers markets and art walks. Among its thirteen parks are the kid-friendly Kit Carson Park, and the San Diego Wild Animal Park, sister park to the San Diego Zoo, with year round activities for all ages. Warm and inviting, Escondido is only 18 miles from the beautiful Pacific and 30 miles northeast of San Diego.