San Marcos is a sizable city in the north of San Diego County. It borders, at least most prominently, Escondido
. From a topographical standpoint, San Marcos is best understood as a fertile valley; it is green and hilly with a few lakes (including Lake San Marcos) and the San Marcos Creek. It is approximately equidistant from the ocean to the west and the mountains to the east. The city's open, natural charm attracts a decent number of visitors, whether for golf or a getaway, and its hospitality and restaurant industries are booming as a result. In fact, San Marcos is home to an historic “Restaurant Row” that is reputed to include many of the best eateries in the area.
As far as centrality and accessibility are concerned, San Marcos is rather far north within San Diego County, so prospective residents ought to consider their potential commutes carefully. The 15 freeway via Route 78 is the primary route for accessing San Diego