Vista, Calfironia is A City Experience

and A Country Retreat -


The City of Vista has 330+ days of sunshine per year, a thriving business community, affordable housing, a top notch school district, a cutting edge medical center and is the microbrewery capital of the world!

Only 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean with an average daily temperature of 72 degrees and this community boasts the most active library in the county library system.

With a thriving arts community which includes over 50 pieces of public art, over 25 murals, downtown art galleries and the Moonlight Amphitheater with Broadway-quality musicals all summer long, Put simply, The City is a great place to live, work and play.


Deriving its name from the Spanish word for “view,”  The City was incorporated in 1963. The development of the downtown center began in earnest in the late 1920’s, with most of the buildings built on Main Street and South Santa Fe Avenue between the late 1910’s and the late 1950’s.

With it’s agricultural roots firmly established, downtown grew and expanded onto Broadway while serving it’s growing population. Even as a city with modern-day trappings, Vista’s downtown businesses continue to service its residents and visitors in a small town atmosphere.

Performing Arts

What agriculture was to the City of Vista in the 1920’s, performing arts has Become the city’s new central focus in the 2000’s. The Moonlight Amphitheater opened its doors 1981 and has been producing presents Broadway musicals and concerts year-round ever since.  The Moonlight Amphitheater was Voted as San Diego’s #1 Outdoor Theater.

Originally started as a joint program between the City and the Vista Unified School District, the City assumed management of the Amphitheater productions in 1984.

Today, Moonlight Stage Productions produces two distinct seasons in two venues in Vista: the 2000-person capacity Moonlight Amphitheater in Brengle Terrace Park and the historic AVO Playhouse in the Vista Village, The Amphitheatre features 908 permanent seats with lawn seating for 1092 . The Summer Season from June through October features four Broadway style musical theatre productions.

The Winter Season from January through April features three shows ranging from plays to small scale musicals, and the open-air venue is available for rent outside of their own summer season.
Click here Check the schedule , get tickets, or see seating of the Moonlight Amphitheatre 

The City of Vista – 50 Fabulous Places to Raise a Family

In 2006, The City of Vista was featured in the book, 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family, by Kathleen Shaputis.

Due to its great weather, affordable homes, good school system, plentiful parks and more.


Median Age of Residents: 36.02
Median Commute Time: 26 minutes
Homes with Children: 31.82%
Average Family Size: 3.00
Total Population 101,018
Population in Households 98,708
Population in Families 80,712
Diversity Index 81
Average Household Income $84,444
Average Education Reached :High School Graduates

92081 Total Population 28,675 – Average Household Income $93,030
92083 Total Population 41,452 – Average Household Income $80,332
92084 – Total Population 50,366 – Average Household Income $91,889


Minimal Mobility.
The transportation options around you are few and far between


Microbrewery Boom

As microbreweries have increased exponentially in San Diego County, has become the unofficial Microbrewery Capital of the United States on a per-capita basis.
As of December, 2014, there were 12 microbreweries open and 3 more in the planning/development phase. The Vista Brewer’s Guild maintains an up-to-date list of all the breweries.

Nearby Cities, Towns and Neighborhoods of  

Lake San Marcos, CA (4.7 miles SSE)
San Marcos, CA (4.9 miles SE)
Bonsall, CA (6.7 miles N)
Hidden Meadows, CA (7.1 miles ENE)
Carlsbad, CA (7.4 miles WSW)
Oceanside, CA (8.8 miles W)
Camp Pendleton South CDP, CA (9.1 miles WNW)
Escondido, CA (9.7 miles ESE)
Encinitas, CA (11.3 miles SSW)

Things to do and See

Resources, highlights and information for the City of Vista


Museums and the Arts

Local Attractions

City of Vista Parks

  • Breeze Hill Park, 645 S. Melrose Drive
  • Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive
  • Bub Williamson Park, 530 Grapevine Lane (Closed through summer 2021 due to construction of park improvements)
  • Buena Vista Ballfields, 1851 S. Melrose Drive
  • Buena Vista Park, 1601 Shadowridge Drive
  • Civic Center Park, 200 Civic Center Drive
  • Creekwalk Park, 117 Vista Village Drive
  • Future Park to be located at 240 Pala Vista Drive
  • Linda Rhoades Recreation Center, 600 N. Santa Fe Avenue
  • Luz Duran Park, 340 E. Townsite Drive
  • Raintree Park, 545 E. Townsite Drive
  • Rotary Lane & Veteran’s Memorial Wall, Near the Intersection of Palm and Vista Village Drives
  • Shadowridge Park, 2101 Lupine Hills Drive
  • Soroptimist Parkette, Vista Village Drive & S. Santa Fe Avenue
  • Skate Parks; Bowl site: 400 N. Santa Fe Avenue; Streetscape site: 510 N. Santa Fe Avenue
  • South Buena Vista Park, 1602 Mountain Pass Circle (includes off-leash hours for dogs)
  • Thibodo Park and Ranch House, 1150 Lupine Hills Drive
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park, located adjacent to 325 S. Santa Fe Avenue
  • Vista Sports Park, 1600 Sports Park Way
  • Wildwood Park, 651 E. Vista Way


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