San Marcos is 5 miles from the ocean and 35 miles from San Diego. It's a beautiful foothill community of 28,000 homes with an appealing climate and small town feel. Lake San Marcos is a centerpiece of the city and it's home to dozens of parks and 60+ miles of hiking & biking trails. Shopping, dining and recreation opportunities are abundant for the 85,000 residents. San Marcos Unified School District serves the community, with 20 schools for 20,000 students. San Marcos also hosts CSU San Marcos & Palomar College.