Guide Details San Diego North County

ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- There is a lot more to San Diego than the city of San Diego. There is also the North County.

Beaches, missions, world- renowned resorts, golf courses, spas, theme parks, museums -- the list of its visitor attractions is a lengthy one.

The San Diego North County Convention and Visitors Bureau's 1998 Guide and Meeting Planner is available by calling (800) 848-3336. The 110-page guide represents the area from La Jolla north to Oceanside and east as far as Julian and Borrego Springs.

The area has four distinct regions -- the coast, an inland valley, mountains and desert.

The amenities to be found in all four are detailed in the book. Accommodations, points of interest, calendars of events, shopping and much more are included in its pages.

Here is a random sampling of the kind of information to be found in the guide.

Coastal Region

  • Carlsbad, known as "the Village by the Sea," is the home of old-world architecture and ambience, a picturesque and serene coastal oasis, with international-class spas (La Costa, Four Seasons Aviara) and golf and tennis facilities. Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau, Phone: (800) 227-5722 or (760) 434-6093
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps, in La Jolla, houses a variety of Pacific marine life -- from the waters of the Pacific Northwest as well as from Mexico and the South Pacific. The aquarium, a part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults ($6.50 for seniors), $4 for those age 3 to 17. Scripps Institution, Phone: (619) 534-3747
  • Inland Region

  • Fallbrook, known as the avocado capital of the world, is reachable through country lanes lined with avocado orchards, orange groves and flower nurseries. The community boasts some of the finest art and antique stores in the state and some of the best golf around. Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, Phone: (760) 728-5845
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park, located in Escondido, is an adjunct of the San Diego Zoo, an African veldt-style, 2,100-acre wildlife preserve in which visitors can enjoy a 50-minute monorail safari. Adult admission costs $18.95 (seniors, $17.05) and children (3 to 11), $11.95. Park hours vary by season. San Diego Wildlife Park, Phone: (760) 747-8702
  • Mountain Region

  • Julian is an old gold-mining town that has preserved its wooden frontages and sidewalks and its historical Julian Hotel. Guided tours are available of the now-unworked Eagle and High Peak gold mines. Julian Chamber of Commerce, Phone: (760) 765-1857. Julian Information Center, Phone: (760) 765-0707.
  • Mission Santa Ysabel is open daily from 7 a.m. until dusk. It contains a museum, murals and an Indian burial ground. Mission San Ysabel, Phone: 760-0810.
  • Desert Region

  • Borrego Springs is the gateway to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, the state's largest park. It boasts more than 600,000 acres of nature trails and scenic landscapes. Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce, Phone: (800) 559-5524 or (760) 767-5555.
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