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  View from Oceanside's City Pier

The Beautiful Pacific Coast

North San Diego County has 26 miles of beautiful coastline, 21 Accessible Beaches and an Oceanside Marina and Community Pier. They offer many activities including opportunities for sailing, motor boating, fishing, ocean swimming, surfing, sunbathing, coastal hiking and beachside camping. If you prefer less strenuous activities, you might try dining at a beachside cafe (such as the Beach House), picnicking on the sand or just walking the beach and enjoying the  fascinating sights of beach activities-  surfers, interesting people, fishermen, seabirds, dolphins, boats and beautiful sunsets. Or you may prefer to just sit and experience the mesmerizing sight and sound of waves hitting the shore.

Old California Restaurant Row
in San Marcos

Adventures in Dining Out

North San Diego County has more than 1500 Restaurants that offer nearly every type of cuisine imaginable, most at reasonable prices. Some also offer romantic sidewalk, beachside or ocean view settings. One favorite location that offers a variety of fine food at reasonable prices is the Old California Restaurant Row in San Marcos.

San Marcos' New Grand Plaza Mall

Shopping

North San Diego county has 2 large, enclosed Westfield Shopping Centers, the 90 store Carlsbad Premium Outlets shopping center, several high quality, medium to large sized shopping centers and hundreds of specialty, gift and antique stores. Additionally North County has 4 Costco and 7 Wal-Mart stores, more than 16 Hardware/Lumber Building Centers, a San Marcos Furniture Row and nearly every other type of retail store imaginable. For grocery shopping, North County has are more than 50 convenient supermarkets plus five Trader Joes' Neighborhood Grocery Stores, eight Sprouts Markets that offer more farm-fresh foods, and more than 100 other specialty food markets. In addition, our cities sponsor 15 Certified Farmer's Markets on various days of the week.

Escondido's California Center for the Arts

 

Arts and Entertainment

Local entertainment opportunities seem nearly limitless (see our Senior Activities Directory), they include more than 21 North County Live Theaters. North County favorites include the excellent Escondido Performing Arts Center, Vista's Moonlight Stage Productions and Escondido's Lawrence Welk Resort Dinner Theater. Nearby San Diego has many additional live theaters, plus the San Diego Opera, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the San Diego City Ballet Company. Additional entertainment selections include 118 movie screens, animal shows at San Diego Zoo's San Diego Safari Park in Escondido, Casino Show's in Valley Center, Street Fairs in Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, Escondido and Fallbrook, Summer Concerts in various city parks, Del Mar's Hot-air Balloon Rides, the excellent San Diego County Fair and the hundreds of other activities throughout the year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

 

Year-round Golf at Your Choice of 62 Nearby Courses

Sports

Participatory Sports:

North San Diego County offers a choice of 62 Nearby Golf Courses. It also offers a variety of fishing choices- Deep Sea, surf, lagoon, pier and fresh water (If you really love fishing, you can join the Oceanside Senior Anglers or the Escondido Senior Anglers. Other sports include- Ice Skating, Senior Softball, Senior Horseshoes (760.297-7225), and other senior sports such as tennis and bowling leagues. Check with the various Senior Centers for information on these and other sports activities.

Our cities also provide over 100 of miles of hiking trails. Many of our roads have bike lanes and the city of Carlsbad sponsors Marathons throughout the year and a yearly Carlsbad 5000 Meter race. Additional information can be obtained by clicking on Participatory Sports or by contacting the Senior Centers that are located in most of our cities.

Petco Park Where the Padre's Play

Spectator Sports:

Nearby spectator sports include San Diego's MLB Padres Baseball and NFL Chargers Football games, the famous Del Mar Thoroughbred Races at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and  NASCAR auto racing at the Auto Club Speedway (about 1 hour 15 minutes away in Fontana).

Del Mar Thoroughbred Races

Off Track  Racing
& Casino Gambling

The famous Del Mar races run every year at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with Para-mutual betting all year long. Four Indian Gambling Casinos located near Valley Center offer gambling, fine dining and excellent shows.

San Marcos Senior Center

Senior Centers

Offer Hundreds of Senior Activities:

Nearly every city and town in North San Diego County has its own Senior Center and most of them are open to senior citizens living anywhere in North San Diego County. They offer many opportunities and activities including the following (please check the individual Senior Centers to see what they offer):

∙ Nutrition and Health-

Services- Health Insurance Counseling, Health, Eye, Hearing and Dental checks and screening.

Daily exercise programs- Body Conditioning, Gentle Yoga, Low Impact Aerobics, Tai Chi and Walking.

∙Support-

Legal aide, Tax Preparation Assistance, Grief Support and Transportation Assistance.

Classes and Seminars On Many Subjects-

Computers, Arts and Crafts, Languages, Creative Writing, Dancing, Opera, Investment strategies, Yoga and Contract Bridge.

Driving Safety, Health Insurance Counseling.

∙ Social Activities & Games-

Bingo, Chess, Scrabble, Duplicate Bridge, Cribbage, Canasta, Pinochle  (Call San Marcos Senior Center 760.744-5535), Poker and other card games.

∙ Dancing-

Hawaiian, International Folk Dance, Country Line, Square and Ballroom-

North County Senior Singles Club (Mostly dancing- call 760.942-2719).

Club & Group activities

Senior Orchestra

Swingin Seniors Chorale Group (San Marcos, 760.744-5535).

Sports Leagues- Golf, Pool Bowling, Leagues, Softball, Horseshoes.

∙Clubs & Users Groups-

Stamp Collecting Clubs, Senior Writers @ Carlsbad Senior Center (call 760.602-4650), Toastmasters, Computer Labs, Spanish Discussion Group, Arts & Crafts, Needlecraft, Painting.

∙ Group Tours & Trips-

Senior Tours-

The Trailblazer Travel Club sponsors senior trips.
Call 760.744.5535 for trip updates, Senior Safari Trips.

∙ Entertainment-

Monthly movies, occasional concerts, plays, etc.

∙ Volunteering Opportunities-

Contacts available through the Senior Centers.

Las Brisas Pacificas Senior Community's Club House and Social Center

 Age 55+ Senior Communities

Senior Activities At Your Door Step

Most of our 76 Senior Communities have a Community Center with a club house and swimming pool and most have many planned social, recreation and sports activities.
Keep in mind however that, with our moderate year-around climate and huge selection of nearby activities, you may not have  as much of a need to escape to the Community Center to find something to do or to escape bad weather.

Find the Right Place to Worship

There are nearly 400 places of worship in North San Diego County representing most religious faiths.

Palomar College

Take Advantage of Life-Long Learning Opportunities

Unlike some other parts of the U.S., our community colleges welcome senior citizens. Free courses for Seniors and many other fee-based; Self-Improvement, Arts & Crafts, Fitness and Health and college-level Academic courses are offered at Mira Costa and Palomar Community Colleges and at many of the Senior Centers. Cal State, San Marcos University is "a new kind of CSU -- fully engaged in our community, technologically sophisticated, and dedicated to teaching future generations through a relevant curriculum with a global perspective".

Work and Volunteer Opportunities

San Diego County has many high-tech companies, with more than 200 in the telecommunications industry alone. Carlsbad, home for high-end ski and golf equipment manufacturers is called "Sports City, U.S.A.w" Nearby Sorrento Valley was recently named "Telecom Valley" and nearby LaJolla has been declared the "Epicenter for the region's biotech industry." These and other high-tech companies along with a vibrant tourist industry are engines for a growing and robust economy that generates many full and part-time jobs as well as many opportunities for meaningful volunteer work.
Listed below are some examples of volunteer work opportunities (Contact our Senior Centers for locations):

Senior Patrol for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Humane Society & Wild Life Assist

 Out and About (Free door to door shuttle for age 60+)

∙  Meals on Wheels

∙  Feeding the Homeless

 Reading Tutors and Youth Mentors

  Welfare to Work (helping families become self-sufficient)

  Red Cross

  Hospitals and Clinics

 Religious Organizations

 A wide choice of jobs at local hospitals

 Senior Centers

 Libraries

 Museums

 Historic Parks

  And There is More!
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