About San Diego, California
Southern California was a dream destination in the early to late 1960s. Fast-forward fifty years and the fun-in-the-sun lifestyle is still as omnipresent as the Pacific waves. While Los Angeles often gets most of the SoCal praise and attention, San Diego is the unsung little brother that, in my opinion, is more beautiful than L.A.
Regarded as one of the cleanest cities in the country, San Diego is simply breathtaking. Beyond its world-famous attractions, you’ll find miles of pristine beaches and stunning sunset views. Welcome to San Diego, friends!
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Background and History of San Diego
San Diego has often been called “the birthplace of California” and it’s easy to see why. Miles upon miles of beaches and gorgeous views welcome all visitors to this paradise under the sun. San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the country with an estimated population of 1,425,976 people (July 2018). The population is expected to grow at an annual rate of 1.7%.
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The original inhabitants of the region are now known as the San Dieguito and La Jolla people. While not the first person to discover San Diego, Alonzo Erastus Horton is known as the Father of New San Diego. The original town of San Diego was located in Presidio Hill which is the current location of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Because it was away from navigable water at its port, it was moved to “New San Diego”, miles south of the original location. From then on, new businesses began to flood into the area and the rest, as they say, is history.
Attractions in San Diego
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr. | San Diego
The San Diego Zoo is highly regarded as one of the top five zoos in the world with over 800 species, 4,000 animals, and 100 acres of fun.
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3165 Pacific Highway | San Diego
San Diego’s beautiful harbor-front that’s lined with unique shops, eateries, and some of the most jawdropping sights of the city.
1100 Coast Blvd | La Jolla
Fine dining, cliffs with sea caves, seal-populated coves, and more await the lucky visitors to the picturesque town of La Jolla.
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1549 El Prado | San Diego
It’s 1,200 acres of cultivated areas, family-friendly live shows, lovely gardens, 350 plan species hand-picked at the turn of the 20th century. and Spanish Revival museums.
910 N. Harbor Dr | San Diego
Climb aboard a WWII-era naval aircraft carrier that is permanently docked in the beautiful San Diego harbor and enjoy audio tours, touch actual military aircraft and enjoy fantastic views of America’s Finest City.
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Fun Facts About San Diego
- San Diego produces more avocados than any other place in the country.
- The area is home to over 7,000 farms: the most in one city in the U.S.
- Over 200 cruise ships dock in the San Diego harbor each year.
- Hypnotism is banned by public schools.
- La Jolla was once home to an area known as “the Munchkin houses” where several actors who played Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz film lived.
- Keep an eye on your furry friends because San Diego is home to the largest flea population than any other city.
- The San Diego Zoo was home to the first baby panda, Hua Mei, born in the Western Hemisphere since 1990.
- The city imports 168 million gallons of water a day. To put that into perspective, you could circle the earth more than one and a quarter times if all that water bottled into gallon jugs.
- San Diego International Airport is the busiest one-runway airport in the country, second busiest in the world behind Lond’s Gatwick.
- It’s against the law to swim in any of the lakes in San Diego.
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