Bordered by Orange County and the Inland Empire in the north, the Mexican border in the south, Pacific Ocean to the west, deserts to the east, and blessed with an ideal climate San Diego is California’s paradise. This vibrant area is a top destination for everything from its 70 miles of sandy beaches to arts, culture and wild animals.
The second most populous county in California with over 3 million residents (2010 Census,) the San Diego area contains 16 significant naval and military locations including Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Established in 1948, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is home to the largest collection of historic sea vessels in the United States. The USS Midway Museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway and is the largest museum devoted to carriers and naval aviation.
San Diego County serves up a myriad of enticing menu options in its urban scene. The Gaslamp Quarter in the city of San Diego is considered Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district. The Quarter is home to a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture all within one of San Diego's most historic areas. San Diego’s North County boasts a variety of over 50 vineyards, from larger wineries that feature guided tours and full gift shops to small family-run places. Live music can be enjoyed at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, an outdoor performing arts theater in Chula Vista, the largest concert venue of its size in the San Diego area.
Optimum weather conditions and diverse landscapes-including beaches, mountains, deserts and rural back country offers a list of outdoor recreational possibilities that is virtually endless. There are more than 100 miles of breathtaking trails within the county park system. Huntington Beach features the most consistent waves on the West Coast, an attribute that helped the city receive the nickname, Surf City USA®. Huntington Beach has been consistently ranked as of the United States safest large cities. San Diego County has a freshwater system of lakes ideal for all anglers. Although trout can be snagged during the right time, largemouth bass is king here. The 90+ San Diego Golf courses scattered throughout San Diego County is the last undiscovered, very affordable, “all-around” family fun vacation spots and SERIOUS golf destinations in the U.S.A.
Popular destinations include; Mount Laguna Observatory, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Sea World, Balboa Park, Legoland, Oceanside Harbor, Julian Mining Company, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego Botanic Garden, Mission Bay Park and Mission Trails Regional Park.