The town of Bonsall is located approximately twelve miles inland from the Pacific Ocean bordered by Oceanside and Fallbrook. The San Luis Rey River runs alongside Bonsall, enhancing the appeal and natural beauty of this town.
Numerous entertainment and recreational activities abound in this charming town. Bonsall residents are known for their equestrian interests and are proud of the nearby Thoroughbred training facility at San Luis Rey Downs. Popular destinations in Bonsall include the numerous equestrian trails, golf resorts, excellent restaurants and beautiful parks.
These amenities are accented by an abundance of rolling hills, expansive views, fresh air and blue skies - all within an hour's drive of metropolitan San Diego, as well as nearby Orange and Riverside Counties.
History of Bonsall
Records show that Bonsall was originally known as "Mt. Fairview" and later as "Osgood," after the chief engineer who was in charge of the Southern California Railroad Survey Crew in the 1870's. A petition for a post office in 1889 recommended the names of "Reed," "Favorite," or Bonsall." Post office headquarters in Washington, DC chose the latter, the name of a retired Methodist minister, James Bonsall, who developed a fruit tree nursery in the area in 1879.
What was once a rural agricultural community, Bonsall has now emerged as a lovely residential town with an intrinsic and appealing village-like character.