City guide to San Diego

January 16, 2011
San Diego Padres
by kpa.sports

Are you packing your bags for a visit to San Diego but want to know more about what you can do there? Well you’re in luck, as this quick city guide will help you to suss out the best places to go and things to do as well as giving you a brief history of the place. So what is the deal with this famous Californian metropolis? Read on to find out more!

San Diego takes its name from Saint Didacus (in Spanish this is translated to Diego de Alcala) who was a monk of the Franciscan order whose mission was developed into San Diego.

Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed in the San Salvador from Navidad in New Spain and claimed San Diego for the Spanish Empire in 1542. It was first named San Miguel but in 1602 the San Diego flagship arrived with Sebastian Vizcaino and it was named after the mission.

It is the second biggest city in California, second only to Los Angeles, so it’s packed with things to do and see.

It is situated on the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and has an established shipping industry. Downtown San Diego is situated on San Diego Bay and has some stunning beaches that are worth a visit, including the picturesque Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. There is also a man-made aquatic park at Mission Bay.

It is the fifth richest city in the US, so there is plenty of luxury in this wealthy city, rich in culture.

Visitors can stay at the El Cortez Apartment Hotel or the Horton Grand Hotel, great for those on business in the city at a San Diego office.

In Downtown San Diego there is a world of culture on tap, such as the Spreckels Theater or the Balboa Theater. Sports fans can visit the Petco Park baseball arena and watch the San Diego Padres. Shoppers can visit the Horton Plaza, a colourful five-level shopping mall.


Selena McCubbin is a journalist writing on behalf of US Office Broker.


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