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San Diego is a beautiful city on the Southern California seacoast known for its ideal climate, miles of beaches, and its location on the Mexican border. It has a rich heritage built around sailing and is home to the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy. It is also well known for its part in the wildlife conservation movement, being home to a SeaWorld theme park and the "world-famous" San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.

San Diego Regional Map
A view of downtown San Diego
San Diego is divided (rather arbitrarily) into eight regions, each of which is subdivided into a number of neighborhoods.
Northern: Clairemont Mesa, La Jolla, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, University City
Northeastern: Miramar, Rancho Penasquitos, Sorrento Valley
Eastern: Kearny Mesa, Mission Valley
Western: Hillcrest, Linda Vista, Loma Portal, Mission Hills, Mission Valley, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Point Loma, Sunset Cliffs, University Heights
Central: Balboa Park, Barrio Logan, Downtown (Columbia, Core, East Village, Gaslamp, Little Italy, Marina), Golden Hill, Logan Heights, North Park, South Park
Mid-City: City Heights, College Area, Kensington, Normal Heights, Talmadge
Southern: Otay Mesa, San Ysidro

The area has long been inhabited by the native Kumeyaay people, however the first European to visit the region was Portuguese explorer Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo sailing under the Spanish Flag, who claimed the bay for the Spanish Empire and named the site San Miguel.
In November of 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno was sent to map the California coast. He arrived with his flagship "San Diego". Vizcaíno surveyed the harbor and what is now Mission Bay and Point Loma, naming the area for the Spanish Catholic Saint St. Didacus (More commonly known as San Diego).
San Diego was established in 1769 as the first Spanish mission in California.
San Diego is an excellent place to escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Los Angeles.
Notice all the people in uniform? San Diego is home to the Navy's Pacific Fleet, and is a favorite leave location for sailors.
San Diego lies right across the U.S.-Mexico border from Tijuana, Mexico. The two cities form a bi-national metropolitan area of nearly 5 million people.



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The San Diego area can be an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year. With coastal temperatures around 75 degrees (24°C) most of the time, the weather is ideal. The climate of Southern California is rather complex, however, and temperatures change rapidly as one travels from the coast eastward. In the summer during the day, the temperature might increase as much as one degree Fahrenheit for each mile going east. In the winter, especially at night, eastern areas are usually relatively cooler. Some valleys and other areas have significantly different weather due to terrain and other factors; this is often referred to as "microclimates". September is usually the hottest month of the year in the daytime, though by then, nights are slightly cooler than in August. Along the beach during the warmer half of the year, it can get surprisingly cool after dark, even when it's not too cold a short distance inland.

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