Active orchards and groves make up a great deal of Escondido, which once had agriculture as its primary industry. The olive, walnut, avocado, and citrus trees typical of a Mediterranean climate still abound in certain sections of the city. Land tends to be flatter here than in some of the other North County Inland communities, and five golf courses take advantage of this topography. Rejuvenation efforts in the downtown area have been ongoing and successful. Travel to downtown San Diego is a simple matter of taking I-15 south, but depending on traffic may take a great deal of time, up to an hour or more. State Route 78 is the main horizontal vein, crossing through neighboring San Marcos and connecting to the coastline in Carlsbad.
Parks are plentiful in the Escondido area; Daley Ranch and the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve provide lakes and plenty of space for outdoor activities. The city covers a total of about 37 square miles. The winter is considered a wet season, receiving most of its precipitation then but rarely in the form of snow.
Escondido (“Hidden”) has a colorful history, beginning with its inhabitation by Native Americans and subsequent takeover by Spain. This is a well-populated, middle-class city, one of the oldest in San Diego County. Escondido is generally conservative and family-oriented. All the amenities of any city are available to residents: shopping, an arts community, restaurants, and so on.