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Top 10 Best Things to See in El Toro, California

Updated on February 6, 2013
Spanish Dancer painted by John Singer Sargent ~1881
Spanish Dancer painted by John Singer Sargent ~1881 | Source

Town of the Bull

A question was asked about what the name of a town called El Toro would create in one's mind.

The first thing I thought of was the Walt Disney cartoon Ferdinand the Bull, about a bull that enjoyed flowers. Next, I thought of Mexico, Texas, and Southern California. The opera Carmen came to mind as well. This all caused me to remember the wedding of an acquaintance several years ago. She and her fiance found a production company that staged weddings as Spanish bull fights in an arena in which the bride and groom were the Queen and King of Spain.

In the end, I remember that the United States Marine Corps Air Base in El Toro near Lake Forest, California is no longer open. It was decommissioned in the 1990s. However, This area of California is still remembered as El Toro. Looking for additional cities in the US and Mexico shown as El Toro on maps, I found none other.

El Toro, California:
El Toro, CA, USA

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Lake Forest, California

The motto of Lake Forest is "Remember the past, challenge the future." This reminds us of the historical importance of this area and today's talent and innovation resident there that can bring about changes for the good in the next decades. Lake Forest is a young city, founded only in December 1991 in southern Orange County, below Los Angeles. After Mexico made a land grant in 1846 in a time of American railroading progress, the area was named El Toro for a herd of local ranch bulls.

At the turn of the 20th century, a large forest of fast-growing trees was planted and in the 1960s, an oil company laid out a planned community called Lake Forest near El Toro Marine Base.

Today, the city fathers describe their local as Mediterranean, with a fast-growing eucalyptus forest, lakes, green ways, and recreation areas. Horse ranches for competitive dressage are well known.

The community of Silverado is a Califonia Historical Landmark.
The community of Silverado is a Califonia Historical Landmark. | Source

Disney's Ferdinand the Bull

Military badge designed by Walt Disney Studios for the US Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California.
Military badge designed by Walt Disney Studios for the US Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California.

El Toro MCAS

The Marine air base was closed completely in 1999, at the end of the century. Theold base is located between Santa Ana and Laguna Beach. Used for air combat training during WWII, the base still has two runways. Part of the base in 2011 is under construction for a commerical airport to supplement the services at John Wayne International Airport to the northwest. Additional lands are under lease for agricultural and university research needs. The reaiming lands are under the jurisdiction of Orange County.

Santa Ana CA:
Santa Ana, CA, USA

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Laguna Beach CA:
Laguna Beach, CA, USA

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Toro Canyon

One other place in California comes close in name to "El Toro" and that is Toro Canyon. It is settled in the Santra Barabara - Santa Maria Metro Area of Southern California and the Los Pedros National Forest. According to US Census2010, about 1,800 people live in this community, with a median home cost of $833,180. Toro Canyon park is a well maintained 74-acre site with a gazebo, benches, and picnic tables, as well as horse and bike trails, horseshoe pits, and a playground.

Toro Canyon CA:
Toro Canyon, CA, USA

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Santa Barbara CA:
Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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Santa Maria CA:
Santa Maria, CA, USA

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Top Hiring Companies

  1. Cybercoders
  2. Kaiser Permanente
  3. UnitedHealth Group
  4. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital
  5. Deloitte
  6. Appleone staffing
  7. Securus
  8. Starbucks, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut
  9. US Air Force
  10. Broadcom
  11. JPMorgan Chase
  12. Hoag Hospital
  13. Bank of America
  14. Allergan
  15. Marriott
  16. Home Depot
  17. Edwards Lifesciences
  18. Staples

Great Jobs Around El Toro

Over 50,000 jobs were listed in March 2001 for a 25 mile radius around Lake Forest/El Toro. The highest-demand job listings include:

  1. Dental Assistants
  2. General Dentists
  3. Salespeople
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  6. Front Desk Staff
  7. Project Managers
  8. Shift Supervisors
  9. Sales Representatives
  10. Account Executives
  11. Assistant Store Managers
  12. Customer Service and Cashiers
  13. Office Managers
  14. Speech Language Pathologists
  15. Baristas and related jobs


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    • ekenzy profile image


      7 years ago

      i love this. keep it up

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      The university is doing exciting things with tha former base land, imo. But I feel exactly way you do, about Cols OH, OpinionDuck, while new residents and visitors love it. Been in the same place too long, so Let's Move!

    • OpinionDuck profile image


      7 years ago

      I live near there and your hub makes it much more exciting than it is in real life.

      South Orange County is like an ant colony.

      El Toro doesn't have that much industry and the El Toro Marine Base property 10 years later still looks like a vacant lot.

      But, you did provide a lot of info.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Patty, for a as always fabulous hub.

    • Vernpaulwriter profile image


      7 years ago from backwoods of Nevada

      Great Hub. I use to frequent Green Thumb Nursery when I lived there. I loved swimming and the night life in Laguna Beach. Great work.

    • SUSIE DUZY profile image


      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Love California, anyplace in California is good.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello Patty, I live in Colorado since 1993, it got to busy in southern Calif for me...I am from Newport Beach, I miss many of my family members but I love the mountains and forest here. great hub, rate up love & peace darski

    • pertibha321 profile image


      7 years ago from india

      great hub whenever i read you i am impressed do you do as much research please give me some tips.

    • kallini2010 profile image


      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you, Patty, for writing this hub. It is quite unexpected answer to my question, yet a pleasant one.

      I like to use the "The Flying Bull" connotation, but I am connecting it to the Winged Bulls of Assyria. Because Toronto is Babylon in a sense.

      And I had the pleasure to meet Ferdinand the Bull, LOL, too.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Spiner dies a horrible death. Hope I didn't spoil it for anyone!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      ID4 That's a great film. Will Smith -and Brent Spiner as a mad scientist type. Thanks for the reminder, nicomp!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      El Toro was where USMC Captain Steven Hiller was stationed in Independence Day, right? The aliens destroyed the entire air base, but Capt Hiller paid them back.


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