The birthplace of California, San Diego always seemed destined to a brilliant future. Its strategic location at the future border between the United States and Mexico couldn't help but guarantee its success, but the gold rush proved more profitable for its famous neighbours Los Angeles and San Francisco, and San Diego's development was thus somewhat delayed.
The largest city in southern California, San Diego is home to 1.3 million inhabitants, making it the eighth most populated city in the United States. Less expensive and less polluted than Los Angeles, it offers all the perks of a bustling, modern city, as well as a sunny setting and dreamy beaches. Many wealthy retirees were attracted by San Diego's quality of life and have made the city their home.
Travellers who are interested in culture and the arts will discover a city that boasts a rich architectural heritage and features many cultural events and museums. Families will also find lots of fun things to do and see, including the San Diego Zoo (the country's largest zoo), Sea World and Legoland. Water-sports and golf enthusiasts shouldn't be worried either: they'll find much to love in San Diego.