San Diego County is the southern-most region of Southern California. It encompasses the city of San Diego and its large metropolitan area, which includes many smaller cities and communities. San Diego County lies along the U.S.–Mexican border, across from the Mexican city of Tijuana.
Besides San Diego, there are many smaller cities in the county. Listed here are the major ones:
- 1 Carlsbad – A lovely beach town in North County that’s the home of Legoland California, a theme park based on the phenomenally popular toy line, featuring thrill rides, a water park, and strikingly accurate Lego sculptures.
- 1 Chula Vista – The largest city of the South Bay region. There aren’t any major attractions here, although visitors will find a delightful nature center situated in the marshes of the bay and some good boating opportunities.
- 1 Coronado – A beautiful island community just across the San Diego Bay from Downtown San Diego. Much of the island is given over to a major naval base, but you’ll also find one of the region’s cleanest beaches here as well as the gorgeous and historic Hotel Del Coronado.
- 1 Del Mar – A small, very pretty Bavarian style seaside town in North County, famed locally for its charming beach, its fairgrounds, and its horse racing track.
- 1 El Cajon – The largest city of the Inland region, El Cajon is largely suburban in character.
- 1 Encinitas – A small but picturesque beach town in North County with popular surf spots, beachside camping, coastal wetlands and a lovely botanical garden.
- 1 Escondido – A large inland city of North County, mostly suburban in character but with a few minor attractions. The nearby San Pasqual Valley holds the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the expansive sister park to the San Diego Zoo that contains stunningly huge exhibits that resemble African savanna.
- 1 Oceanside – The largest city of the North County region, Oceanside offers a popular beach and pier, coastal wetlands, and the largest of the Spanish missions in California.