The city of Escondido is known locally as 'The Hidden Valley' because, as the name suggests, the city lies in a shallow valley that is invisible from far off. Indeed, the city's official name is the Spanish word for 'hidden'. It sits in picturesque surroundings, with sweeping hills and three nearby lakes providing expatriates living in Escondido with an interest in nature plenty to enjoy. The modest-sized city of some 140,000 has a thriving downtown, with a number of new restaurants and cafés opening in recent years. There is also a great cultural life here for every expatriate living in Escondido to enjoy, with art galleries and the Mingei International Museum for those who like to take in the local culture, and the popular "Cruisin' Grand", for those with a penchant for vintage or modified cars to enjoy showing off – or admiring – their own and other peoples' prize vehicles.
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The 'hidden city' is well served by two highways despite its hidden location, and expatriates moving to Escondido can take one of the local bus services to the Escondido Transit Center. The journey can also be taken by rail, with Escondido being unusually well-served by railway services for its size. Expats moving to Escondido can get additional information and tips on international issues and expatriation in our online Expat Magazine, which is a comprehensive set of articles from InterNations on subjects ranging from expat finance and insurance to living abroad. We also have a collection of articles by our InterNations members, who share their experiences of expatriation and often offer some great tips and insights into the dos, don'ts, ups and downs of living abroad.
When you first arrive at the evasively situated Escondido, you will realize why people might not notice it right away – the city sits in absolutely striking surroundings. It makes a great place to be based, with the energy and buzz of a city on the up with natural surroundings that most city dwellers can only dream of. Expatriates working in Escondido will also enjoy the vibrant after hours scene, with a busy downtown, an impressive fifteen city parks, plenty of sports and a number of cultural sights to see. Expats in Escondido can also get in touch with other global minds via the InterNations website. Our private communcations system, discussion groups and forums are the perfect way to contact other expats working in Escondido, as well as to organize meet-ups, network and get in contact with the local international community. Like the city itself, you can bet that there's an international community simply waiting to be discovered.