Situated halfway between Escondido in North County Inland and Oceanside in North County Coastal, the city of Vista is technically a park of the inland area of San Diego County and is just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Listed as the seventh-best place to reside in the United States for family life based on jobs, business opportunities, education, climate, and cost of living, it’s not surprising to see that over twenty-five educational institutions serve the area’s youth and over eight hundred companies have operations at the Vista Business Park.
Vista’s youth are served by eighteen elementary schools, six middle schools, and six high schools. The largest campus is Rancho Buena Vista High School. Most schools are part of the Vista Unified School District. Biola University operates a branch campus in Vista as well, providing opportunity for higher education in the immediate community. Vista is also unique in that it is home to two city-supported theaters. The residents of Vista actively support theatrical initiatives and often sellout theaters far in advance of opening day. The Moonlight Amphitheatre is an open-air venue that specializes in musical productions. The Avo Playhouse is a 34-year-old amphitheater that was recently rebuilt and hosts a dynamic season on its stage and terraced seating area.
The Wave Waterpark in Vista is one of many special attractions that bring in several visitors from the surrounding region. Admission to the park is often bundled with tickets to larger area attractions like Legoland, Wild Rivers, and Sea Life Aquarium. The water park is especially popular during the much warmer summer months when children and their families flock to the park in search of respite from the harsh summer sun. Other recreational parks in Vista include Cedar Lane Park, Civic Center Park, Wildwood Park, and Townsite Park. Besides typical exercise routines like jogging, biking, or skating, the parks also support a wide range of organized sports like baseball and tennis. Brengle Terrace Park and Guajome County Park are two of the larger parks in Vista and together, they include a senior center, baseball fields, playgrounds, community centers, and other intricate facilities.