San Diego has something to offer for every age and personality type. Known as the “birthplace of California,” it is the 8th largest city in the USA and 2nd largest in California. With a mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, and fantastic beaches, it is an exciting and relaxing city prime for success, so welcome to San Diego. Don’t miss your chance to take a place under the sun.
The place of surf town mentality, picturesque beaches, mild year-round climate, and large business community, San Diego is brimming with possibilities. While most believe that San Diego is a classic laid-back city, it repeatedly proves to be more than just a pretty face. In the recent years, the city has been called a center of biotechnology development, healthcare, and tech-related startups (there are around 155 startups per 100,000 residents). Add to that affordable rental prices and world famous landmarks, and it gets pretty obvious why more than 1.3 million people chose to call this place home.
The largest sectors of San Diego's economy are defense/military, tourism, international trade, and research/manufacturing, respectively. In 2014, San Diego was designated by a Forbes columnist as the best city in the country to launch a small business or startup company. Top employers include United States Navy, Qualcomm, Kaiser Permanente, Nokia, LG Electronics. San Diego also has the second-largest biotech cluster in the country, with more than 400 biotechnology companies, including Neurocrine Biosciences and Nventa Biopharmaceuticals.
San Diego hosts its residents with a mild climate. There is little humidity, and temperatures range between 60-90 degrees, with an average temperature of 75. May and June can be foggy on the coast, and September can be particularly hot. Hot and dry winds known as the Santa Anas can also appear in the late summer and result in hotter temperatures.
The same way New York and Chicago are famous for their pizza, San Diego is known for its Cali-Baja cuisine. Distinguished for its devotion to fresh local ingredients and farm-to-table vegetables, San Diego combines the traditional Mexican ingredients with those of the Mediterranean to create fusion inherit of San Diego. Chefs like Javier Plascencia implemented this vision across the border as executive chef at Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita, and the newly opened Bracero: Cocina Mexicana de Raiz, as one of the most popular restaurants in San Diego’s Little Italy. Other top restaurants in San Diego are Puesto in Seaport Village and Blind Burro in Downtown's Gaslamp Quarter.
San Diego offers great cultural and entertainment options. From museums to opera houses to stadiums, it is a city that will never leave you bored. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, Air and Space Museum and San Diego Zoo are great recreational sites. San Diego Symphony and San Diego Repertory Theatre, and San Diego Opera and La Jolla Playhouse at UCSD offer great cultural retreats. As far as sports, Chargers, Padres and Gulls offer something to watch for every season.
According to the last census, the city had a population of 1,307,402. The urban area of San Diego extends beyond the administrative city limits and had a total population of 2,956,746, making it the 3rd largest urban area in the state, after that of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and San Francisco metropolitan area. The racial makeup of San Diego was 45% White, 7% African-American, 1% Native American, 16% Asian 0.5% Pacific Islander, 12% from other races, and 5% from two or more races. The ethnic makeup of the city was 28.8% Latino (of any race); 24.9% of the total population were Mexican American, and 0.6% were Puerto Rican.
Seaport Village, Sea World, Hotel Del Coronado, Balboa Park and Cabrillo National Monument and LEGOLAND are amongst many other San Diego landmarks.
If you want to glam it up for a luxurious, Vegas-style night or chat with friends over a specialty cocktail and ocean breezes, both are available in San Diego. The Gaslamp Quarter’s many rooftop bars offer spectacular night-time views over the skyline with cozy seating, fireplace pits, and cool cocktails. Hailed as offering the most spectacular rooftop view in San Diego, Rooftop600 and Altitude Sky Lounge are located on top of the Marriott Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. Two other great spots in Gaslamp Quarter are Onyx Room and Thin, and Flux. San Diegan also has a well-established brewery scene comparative to traditional beer countries of England, Germany, and Belgium. With 115+ craft breweries, there is no taste left for the imagination. Check out top breweries such as Ballast Point, Green Flash, and Stone Brewery near Petco baseball park.
San Diego beaches are a major outdoor attraction. If you are looking for family friendly beaches in San Diego, you have many options. Since the water is warm almost year round (peaking in August and September), surfing and kayak rental in San Diego are a pastime hobby of the local residents. White sand beaches make a perfect destination for football, volleyball, and paddleball; Coronado Beach has claimed “one of the 10 Best Family Beaches in North America,” by the Travel Channel. Torrey Pines State beach is a popular beach near La Jolla with great hiking trails nearby.
The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and Trolley are great for getting around downtown, but if stepping out of downtown, a better option is to use a car. With well connected, crisscrossing highways (5, 805, 8, & 15) commuting can be very straightforward, but just like its neighboring city Los Angeles, it could require a bit of planning in advance.
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Young and energetic, Downtown San Diego is one of the more expensive areas. During the day, families can enjoy compelling cultural attractions in San Diego's downtown, like The New Children's Museum, take in a baseball game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, or catch the trolley to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. With plenty of places to eat, shop and explore, families can enjoy a true California urban safari.
La Jolla is a luxury beach community with chic shopping and restaurants. La Jolla is home to a variety of businesses in the areas of lodging, dining, shopping, software, finance, real estate, bio-engineering, medical practice and scientific research. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is located in La Jolla, as are the Salk Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Scripps Research Institute.
Nice homes and clean beaches. Del Mar is served by the Del Mar Union School District, which includes eight K-8 schools.
The neighborhood is largely commercial, however, there are a large number of high-rise condominium buildings under construction and luxury apartments for rent available on the waterfront. The Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum and the Maritime Museum are located in this neighborhood.
San Diego's largest and most rapidly developing neighborhood encompassing 130 blocks. East Village burst into life in the past few years. It is the largest district downtown, located east of the Gaslamp Quarter and southeast of the Core district and Cortez Hill.Old warehouses in this area have been converted to luxury lofts and apartments for rent. East Village is also home to PETCO Park and the San Diego Padres.
Full of unorthodox shops and restaurants, Pacific Beach is vibrant loud and perfect for young people. Home to Belmont Park and Seaworld, you will not be too far away from greatest San Diego recreational destinations.
The campus of the University of California, San Diego, from which the area derives its name, is to the west of the center of the neighborhood. Many of the professors teaching at UCSD live in the UC neighborhood so there is a high turnover for apartments for rent.
This neighborhood is San Diego's creative hipster hub. Named for its proximity to Balboa Park's Morley Field Sports Complex, this area is lined with turn-of-the-century Craftsman Bungalows and California Bungalows.
The Old Town neighborhood has nine hotels, 32 restaurants, and more than 100 specialty shops.There are 12 art galleries and 27 historic buildings and sites, including Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Presidio Park, and the Mormon Battalion Visitor Center. Mexican food is a must in this neighborhood.
Point Loma Heights is primarily a residential area, so most of the restaurants frequented by locals are a little closer to the ocean or in different areas of San Diego. However, Point Loma Heights features many casual Mexican restaurants, taco stands, and cafes. Apartment dwellers get a bit of a break since the average apartment rental runs about 10 percent lower than those throughout San Diego.