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San Diego.

San Diego Facts & Information

Location Coastal Southern California
Climate Mild winters, hot summers
Land Area 324 square miles
Population 1,266,753
Persons Over 65 10.5%
Female Persons 49.6%
Ethnic Groups 60.2% white, 7.9% black, 0.6% american indian, 13.6% asian
Housing Units 469,689
Median Household Income $45,733
Description of Flag The flag of California consists of a white base with a red horizontal stripe along the bottom of it. In the center of the flag is a brown grizzly bear on a patch of green grass with the words California Republic written below. A red, five pointed star is in the top left corner.
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San Diego Culture

San Diego attracts numerous visitors every year wishing to get away and experience some lovely weather, attractive beaches, and the feel of the Pacific Ocean between their toes. Therefore, San Diego is quite touristy and can be very pricey.

The arts and culture of this city is making a name for itself, both nationally and internationally. Balboa Park,

the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., features museums, galleries full of beautiful and expensive artwork, manicured gardens and the Globe Theatre, home to many Shakespearean plays. You will also find bands from across the globe playing.

San Diego is fast becoming known for the culinary culture as well. Chefs from an international locale are calling San Diego home. This means hundreds of delicious restaurants with hot gastronomic talent in the kitchens. With over 6,400 eating establishments along the coast, you will find some of the best-prepared cuisine in the country.

With its lively mix of people, San Diego County also offers a variety of annual special events, including hundreds of golf tournaments, unique holiday shows, multicultural festivals and celebrations, beautiful old neighborhoods full of color and vivacity, an interesting military history and a of course, nearly 100 golf courses.

 

San Diego Culture

San Diego attracts numerous visitors every year wishing to get away and experience some lovely weather, attractive beaches, and the feel of the Pacific Ocean between their toes. Therefore, San Diego is quite touristy and can be very pricey.

The arts and culture of this city is making a name for itself, both nationally and internationally. Balboa Park,

the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., features museums, galleries full of beautiful and expensive artwork, manicured gardens and the Globe Theatre, home to many Shakespearean plays. You will also find bands from across the globe playing.

San Diego is fast becoming known for the culinary culture as well. Chefs from an international locale are calling San Diego home. This means hundreds of delicious restaurants with hot gastronomic talent in the kitchens. With over 6,400 eating establishments along the coast, you will find some of the best-prepared cuisine in the country.

With its lively mix of people, San Diego County also offers a variety of annual special events, including hundreds of golf tournaments, unique holiday shows, multicultural festivals and celebrations, beautiful old neighborhoods full of color and vivacity, an interesting military history and a of course, nearly 100 golf courses.

 

San Diego Shopping

With the high cost of real estate and San Diego attracting the well-to-do, expect this lifestyle to transform into the shopping centers. You will find an abundance of world-class shopping with high-end stores.

Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter is the premier shopping destination of southern California. Located in historic

San Diego, most buildings were constructed between the years of 1873 and 1930. This well-known area offers fine art galleries, shops, boutiques and restaurants of every cuisine. A good time to visit is in the evening, when the gas lamps light up and the streets are illuminated with a soft, orange glow.

Outlet Centers
While not everyone can afford the upscale shopping usually offered throughout the city, there is an alternative. San Diego’s Outlet Centers are retail complexes that rival shopping malls. Plus, they offer high-profile brands at a fraction of the cost, so you can look like you have money, even if you do not.

Viejas Outlet Center
This is not a typical outlet center like described above, rather this shopping center focuses on a Native American theme with beautiful walkways with water fountains. It is an experience to slowly stroll and not just window shop, but to take in the landscape as well. The center even offers an entertaining water fountain show for you.

 

San Diego Shopping

With the high cost of real estate and San Diego attracting the well-to-do, expect this lifestyle to transform into the shopping centers. You will find an abundance of world-class shopping with high-end stores.

Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter is the premier shopping destination of southern California. Located in historic

San Diego, most buildings were constructed between the years of 1873 and 1930. This well-known area offers fine art galleries, shops, boutiques and restaurants of every cuisine. A good time to visit is in the evening, when the gas lamps light up and the streets are illuminated with a soft, orange glow.

Outlet Centers
While not everyone can afford the upscale shopping usually offered throughout the city, there is an alternative. San Diego’s Outlet Centers are retail complexes that rival shopping malls. Plus, they offer high-profile brands at a fraction of the cost, so you can look like you have money, even if you do not.

Viejas Outlet Center
This is not a typical outlet center like described above, rather this shopping center focuses on a Native American theme with beautiful walkways with water fountains. It is an experience to slowly stroll and not just window shop, but to take in the landscape as well. The center even offers an entertaining water fountain show for you.

 

San Diego Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in San Diego. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Star of the Sea 1360 N. Harbor Dr (619) 232-7408 Seafood
 George's at the Cove 1250 Prospect St (858) 454-4244 American
 Caffe Bella Italia 1525 Garnet Ave (858) 273-1224 Italian
 Baleen 1404 Vacation Rd (858) 490-6363 Seafood
 The Green Flash 701 Thomas Ave (858) 270-7715 American
 The Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Dr (858) 459-7222 French
 Chive 558 Fourth Ave (619) 232-4483 American
 Thee Bungalow 4996 W. Point Loma Blvd (619) 224-2884 French
 Sushi Ota 4529 Mission Bay Dr (858) 270-5670 Japanese
 El Agave Tequilaria 2304 San Diego Ave (619) 220-0692 Mexican
 Region 3671 Fifth Ave (619) 299-6499 American
 Chez Loma 1132 Loma (619) 435-0661 French
 Laurel 505 Laurel St (619) 239-2222 French
 Trattoria Acqua 1298 Prospect St (858) 454-0709 Italian
 Piatti 2182 Avenida de la Playa (858) 454-1589 Italian
 Qwiig's 5083 Santa Monica St (619) 222-1101 Californian
 Roppongi 875 Prospect St (858) 551-5252 Asian
 Indigo Grill 1536 India St (619) 234-6802 American
 California Cuisine 1027 University Ave (619) 543-0790 American
 Fresh 1044 Wall St (858) 551-7575 American
 Cafe Pacifica 2414 San Diego Ave (619) 291-6666 Seafood
 Nine-Ten 910 Prospect St (858) 964-5400 American

 

San Diego Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in San Diego. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Star of the Sea 1360 N. Harbor Dr (619) 232-7408 Seafood
 George's at the Cove 1250 Prospect St (858) 454-4244 American
 Caffe Bella Italia 1525 Garnet Ave (858) 273-1224 Italian
 Baleen 1404 Vacation Rd (858) 490-6363 Seafood
 The Green Flash 701 Thomas Ave (858) 270-7715 American
 The Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Dr (858) 459-7222 French
 Chive 558 Fourth Ave (619) 232-4483 American
 Thee Bungalow 4996 W. Point Loma Blvd (619) 224-2884 French
 Sushi Ota 4529 Mission Bay Dr (858) 270-5670 Japanese
 El Agave Tequilaria 2304 San Diego Ave (619) 220-0692 Mexican
 Region 3671 Fifth Ave (619) 299-6499 American
 Chez Loma 1132 Loma (619) 435-0661 French
 Laurel 505 Laurel St (619) 239-2222 French
 Trattoria Acqua 1298 Prospect St (858) 454-0709 Italian
 Piatti 2182 Avenida de la Playa (858) 454-1589 Italian
 Qwiig's 5083 Santa Monica St (619) 222-1101 Californian
 Roppongi 875 Prospect St (858) 551-5252 Asian
 Indigo Grill 1536 India St (619) 234-6802 American
 California Cuisine 1027 University Ave (619) 543-0790 American
 Fresh 1044 Wall St (858) 551-7575 American
 Cafe Pacifica 2414 San Diego Ave (619) 291-6666 Seafood
 Nine-Ten 910 Prospect St (858) 964-5400 American

 


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