Lined with 70 miles of coastline, San Diego is known for its beauty, warm weather and various outdoor attractions. The city is home to museums, a world renowned zoo, theme parks, famous golf courses, and a lively theater scene.
Surrounded by restaurants, shopping and a sports complex, the historic downtown quarters offer a lively scene for residents and visitors yearly. Aside from the entertaining downtown,
the San Diego beach scene is alive and well, offering a calm and relaxing beach, as well as a vibrant and active shore strip.
The most difficult decision to make while staying in San Diego is determining what things to do and see among the region's
vast and diverse variety of attractions. From the theater to wild animals, there is something for everyone. Here are just a few things that capture a large majority of visitors:
ATTRACTIONS - Sea World, The San Diego Zoo,
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Birch Aquarium
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - Aviara Trails in Carlsbad, Surfing at Pipes Beach, Balboa Park, Scuba Dive at Wreack Alley
MUSEUMS - California Surf Museum, The Museum
of Contemporary Art
While San Diego is rich with outdoor scenic activities, it also offers guests a range of areas to experience the different
aspects of culture. Whether you're in the mood to shop at designer stores in La Jolla or grab lunch at a local downtown pub, there's a place to accommodate your mood. Here are just a few popular areas of town:
Located just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego. La Jolla has wonderful beaches, cultural activities and fine restaurants. It is an exquisite combination of a southern European resort atmosphere and Southern California fun. While La Jolla is known to be one of the most affluent communities in the United States, it has a down to earth feel due to the beautiful natural scenery and the helpfulness of its residents. Moreover, in addition to fine restaurants, beautiful beaches, hotels and art galleries,
La Jolla is home to renowned institutions, such as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Stephen Birch.
The original town of San Diego grew up at the foot of Presidio Hill, in the area which is now Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The location was not ideal, being several miles away from navigable water. In the late 1860s Alonza Horton promoted a move to "New Town", several miles south of the original settlement, in the area which became Downtown San Diego. People and businesses flocked to New Town because of its location on San Diego Bay convenient to shipping. New Town quickly eclipsed the original settlement, known to this day as Old Town, and became the economic and governmental heart of the city.
Home to a major league baseball team as well as a pro football team, San Diego is diverse in its sports fans and complexes. Conveniently located in downtown San Diego near the
Gaslamp district, Petco Park is home to the San Diego Padres. With a seating capacity of 70,561 Qualcomm Stadium is located in the heart of Mission Valley, minutes from downtown San
Diego. The Stadium is host to the San Diego Chargers and SDSU Aztec football, the Holiday Bowl, the Poinsettia Bowl, Street
Scene and more.
Home to military bases, the three largest sectors of San Diego's economy are defense, manufacturing, and tourism. Military bases in San Diego include U.S. navy ports, Marine Corps bases, and Coast Guard Stations. While home to 400 biotechnology companies, the economy of San Diego is influenced by its port which includes the only major submarine and shipbuilding yards
on the West Coast. Tourism is a major industry owing to the city's climate, its beaches and numerous tourist attractions such as Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo
and Seaworld, Sand Diego.
Major employers in the San Diego Area:
United States Navy
San Diego Unified School District
University of California, San Diego
San Diego County
Sharp Memorial Hospital
City of San Diego
University of San Diego
UCSD Medical Center
Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton