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San Diego County

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Dec 16, 2021

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.

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Map of San Diego County
  San Diego
The central, largest city of the county, San Diego sprawls across the southwestern portion of the county and is the focal point for visitors to the area. There’s much to explore here; among the most notable attractions are the lush Balboa Park with its museums and famed zoo, sunny beach neighborhoods, the upscale seaside community of La Jolla with its cliffs and scenic coves, the historic district of Old Town, California’s oldest Spanish mission, and the thriving urban and nightlife center of Downtown.
  Inland
East of San Diego lies a mountainous region of high desert that’s strikingly rural for its proximity to such a large city. Out here visitors will find desert scenery, arid backcountry, forested towns, charming small towns, several casinos operated by local Indian tribes scattered throughout the area, and wine growing regions like the town of Julian.
  North County
To the north of San Diego, this is a mostly suburban region of the county with some notable attractions, including a set of delightful beach towns.
  South Bay
Surrounding the San Diego Bay to the south of San Diego, this is a very built-up region with few major attractions, although you’ll find some pleasant beaches and the very busy border crossing of San Ysidro.

Besides San Diego, there are many smaller cities in the county. Listed here are the major ones:

  • 33.158267-117.3509961 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.
  • 32.627777777778-117.048055555561 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.
Hotel del Coronado
  • 32.678055555556-117.17251 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.
  • 32.955-117.263888888891 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.
  • 32.798333333333-116.961 El Cajon – The largest city of the Inland region, El Cajon is largely suburban in character.
  • 33.044444444444-117.271666666671 Encinitas – A small but picturesque beach town in North County with popular surf spots, beachside camping, coastal wetlands and a lovely botanical garden.
  • 33.124722-117.0808331 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.
  • 33.211666666667-117.325833333331 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.

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