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Welcome to Bonsall

A beautiful, rural community with a thriving small business scene
Bonsall is a charming North County San Diego community known for its panoramic rolling hills and Mediterranean climate. It offers a perfect blend of nature, a thriving small business scene, and a diverse real estate market, making it a unique neighborhood in the San Diego Metropolitan Area. Most people in the community appreciate its relaxed country lifestyle and proximity to the seasonal San Luis Rey River that flows through Bonsall, offering a gorgeous green landscape.

Originally dubbed Mount Fairview, Bonsall lies east of Oceanside and Camp Pendleton, northwest of Hidden Meadows, and north of Vista. In addition, this equestrian community sits on 13.6 square miles and has every essential amenity, from excellent dining and boutique shopping to a terrific school district.

What to Love

  • Plenty of open space with magnificent green landscapes
  • Small town charm
  • A thriving small business scene
  • Comfortable yearly climate
  • Prime location to connect with nature

Local Lifestyle

Bonsall offers residents a rural feel and small-town charm and features expansive green spaces, perfect for those preferring an outdoor lifestyle with suburban conveniences. Most of the area is covered with horse ranches, family-owned farms, and estate properties. If you enjoy horseback riding, great wine, hiking, and golf at a small pace, you will find Bonsall a perfect choice to call home. You will also find top-rated public and private schools, award-winning restaurants, boutiques, a park, and accessibility to major highways.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

When looking for places to dine, shop, and have fun in Bonsall, you will find plenty of places despite the community being a suburb. Z Café along Mission Road is one of the best places to enjoy your favorite meal inspired by Hawaiian and Japanese influences. The restaurant is popular for serving the most beloved feasting affairs, with an extensive menu and a range of wine options.

Another excellent dining spot in Bonsall is Fresco Grill, a premier Italian restaurant with cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients blended with Island flavors served in a contemporary setting with wraparound windows, semi-private spaces, and an open-air patio. Stable Mini Market, Deli & Grill can also be a perfect place to dine and shop, offering a wide range of beers and wines, snacks, toiletries, drinks, and general grocery items.

River Village Plaza can also be a perfect spot for various items, comprising a unique blend of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and offices as well as a movie theater and bank. Other shopping destinations include Honey Boutique and Brain Freeze Premium Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream of Bonsall.

Bonsall is also home to various entertainment places, including San Luis Rey Training Center, where you can discover your potential in horse-riding in this auxiliary training track. Hueftle Farms Vineyard is a great place to visit and enjoy Estate Cabernet Franc and Bonsall Red Wine, grown and bottled right on the premise. For freshly picked grapes, head to Moody Creek Farms along Maria Elena.

Things to Do

With a perfect combination of nature, Bonsall is home to various fun activities and attractions to keep you occupied all day. Wild Wonders Wildlife Zoo and Preserve is where families can connect with animals from around the world with live tours and interactive programs. Another place for a fun-filled time is Rawhide Ranch, where campers camp and learn about horses and livestock.

If you prefer horse riding, check out Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center, with an excellent program for all levels of riders. Or, visit Quail Haven Farm to explore a working horse ranch and an intimate, rustic, boutique farm and garden venue. Hidden Hills Equestrian Ranch is also a perfect place to discover, providing hands-on opportunities for discovery, inspiration, and education in a peaceful setting.


Bonsall has a high-ranking school district comprising some of the region's best public and private schools.

  • Bonsall Elementary School, grades K-5
  • Bonsall High School, grades 9-12

Overview for Bonsall, CA

4,257 people live in Bonsall, where the median age is 46.4 and the average individual income is $50,146. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Bonsall, CA

Bonsall has 1,702 households, with an average household size of 2.5. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bonsall do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,257 people call Bonsall home. The population density is 312.46 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Bonsall, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Bonsall. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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