Even though San Diego is California’s second largest city after Los Angeles, this doesn’t make it as busy as its northern neighbour. Instead San Diego is far more laid-back with quieter roads, more sparsely filled streets and (arguably) cleaner air.
The area where California’s first settlement developed is the area that San Diego was built. This occurred back in 1542 when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed. Over 200 years later in 1769, Junipero Serra founded the Mission San Diego de Alcalá and San Diego as a city began to grow. The population then began to surge in the late 19th Century after the Santa Fe Railroad arrived.
Different suburbs around the city which present most interest to the traveller are the Gaslamp Quarter, filled with outdoor restaurants and cafés, Mission Bay which is home to Sea World, and La Jolla (pronounced La Hoy-a) which is one of the more upmarket seafront suburbs.
Thanks to the city’s large natural harbour, its port is a very important part of the city’s industry. And thanks to its proximity to Mexico, you always go on a day trip to the South American country.