San Diego -

San Diego is a beautiful city in San Diego County in Southern California. The San Diego area is an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year. With temperatures near the ocean of around 75 degrees (24C) most of the time, the climate is ideal. The climate of Southern California is rather complex though, and temperatures change rapidly as one travels from the coast eastward. In the summer during the day, the temperature might increase as much as one degree F, for each mile going east. In the winter, especially at night, the east side is usually a little cooler. You should have a light jacket available after dark in the beach area year round. Don't expect warm ocean water in the wintertime. San Diego isn't Florida or Hawaii. Fortunately, it also means there are no hurricanes or typhoons. San Diego was established in 1775 as the first Spanish mission in California.


 Balboa Park
  Banker's Hill
  Bay Park
  Centre City (Downtown)
  City Heights
  Del Cerro
  Fairbanks Ranch
  Golden Hill
  Mission Valley
  Kearny Mesa
  La Jolla
  Logan Heights/Barrio Logan
  Little Italy
  Mira Mesa
  Mission Bay
  Mission Beach
  Mission Hills
  Normal Heights
  North Park
  Ocean Beach
  Old Town
  Pacific Beach
  Point Loma
  Sorrento Valley
  University City
  University Heights


Universities in the area:
  University of California, San Diego (State public university)
  San Diego State University (State public university)
  University of San Diego (private, Catholic university)
  Point Loma Nazarene (private, Protestant Christian university)
  California Western School of Law (Private university)


San Diego offers a variety of styles and flavors for any diners tastes. Food styles include Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Irish, Indian, Mongolian, Mexican, Italian, French and classic American. The number one destination for tourists and locals is the downtown historic district known as the Gaslamp Quarter.

Dozens of restaurants, bistros, pubs, bars and nightclubs are centralized in the southeastern part of the downtown area. It is not uncommon to find large crowds gathered here on weekends to enjoy a night of dining, dancing and the sounds of local musicians. Dining is marked by a number of choices one can make from enjoying stereotypical American fast food, such as McDonald's, to exquisite sunset meals at Georges on the Cove or the Fish Market. A fine point of any trip to San Diego is enjoying a spectacular sunset while enjoying a delicious meal with a few friends.

Get out

San Diego is probably the best city in America for making a quick trip to Mexico. Tijuana, San Diego's twin city across the border, is only a few minutes away by car. There is also a trolley from downtown San Diego to the US-Mexico border. Avoid driving hassles and long waits when returning by parking in pay lots near the border and walking across. Or, for a delightful, low-key alternative, drive 60 minutes on the American side to the small border crossing of Tecate (home of the Tecate brewery). It's a short walk to the town square, and nobody tries to sell you chiclets here. Coming back, there are typically only a couple of people in line at the pedestrian crossing. You can easily combine a trip to the train museum in nearby Campo with a quick trip across the border for lunch! The greater San Diego County has a lot of smaller, more private beaches, and some great small towns to stay in and explore. Further east, the Inland Empire and California Desert give a change of scenery. It's also relatively easy to get up to Los Angeles and other points in Southern California. Highway 5 stretches up to the Oregon border. Although slower, Highways 1 and 101, through the Central Coast, Monterey Bay, and the San Francisco Bay Area, make for more of a pleasant and fruitful trip.

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San Diego is dotted with major shopping centers and upscale boutiques catering to nearly every style of dress and expression. The following is a list of a few of the major shopping centers in the San Diego area:

  University Town Center  
  Horton Plaza  
  North County Fair  
  Plaza Bonita  
  Mission Valley Shopping Center  
  Fashion Valley Mall  
  Carlsbad Premium Outlets  
  Fashion Valley Mall  
  El Cajon Mall


In the area of the Westin Hotel there is free WiFi. The SSID is "turbonet".

Adapted from WikiTravel under the Wiki License

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