San Diego hosts thousands of visitors each year, so much so that tourism is one of the major industries among the city's overall thriving economy. Many visitors fall in love with the city and learn what residents already know – San Diego is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. Those less familiar with the city but looking for a new and exciting place to call home would do well to take a close look at the homes for sale in San Diego today.
Even those who have never visited San Diego generally associate the city with perhaps its most notable characteristic – seemingly endless beaches flanked by shorelines and an ocean of panoramic beauty. The greater San Diego area boasts over 70 miles of coastline in all, including a number of beaches, each having its own unique character and noted for specific recreational activities. La Jolla, a famous shorefront enclave surrounded by the city of San Diego, features numerous picturesque beaches of stunning natural beauty. The most notable of these is Torrey Pines State Beach, where 300 foot sandstone cliffs sit just behind a soft sandy beach, and combined with the majesty of the Pacific Ocean, presents a panoramic setting matched by few places on earth.
Torrey Pines is but one of many favorite venues for surfers. Also located in La Jolla is Black's Beach, another favorite of surfers, as it offers some of the most powerful breaks found in Southern California. But the San Diego beach culture offers endless opportunities for relaxation and recreation that extend well beyond just surfing, and there's something to be found for beachgoers of all ages. Besides surfing, Torrey Pines offers body boarding and swimming in designated areas as well as a nature reserve enjoyed by hikers. A sea wall protects the La Jolla sandy beach from ocean waves at Children's Pool Beach, making for a calmer setting not only for swimmers of all ages, but also divers.
Some of the cleanest water at any San Diego beach can be found at La Jolla Cove, which makes it an ideal setting for scuba diving and snorkeling. This venue is also noted for the natural beauty of the sandstone cliffs sheltering the cove and it offers one of the most striking views of the Pacific Ocean to be found anywhere. San Diego area beaches offer everything from kayaking to rollerblading, bicycling, jogging, picnics and nature observation.
When it comes to things for which San Diego is famous, a close second behind its beaches is its excellent climate. San Diego is rated by authoritative sources as being among the top two climates in the United States during the summer months, and its year-round climate is ranked in the top ten by Farmer's Almanac. The summers are warm but not overbearingly hot, and generally dry. The average high temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit on 201 days of the year, and even the winter months are generally mild. Those seeking a refuge from snow and cold will find San Diego an agreeable place to live.
San Diego is a city of over 100 recognized neighborhoods, many with a distinct character. The city can cater to a variety of lifestyle choices. Dense urban living is available in the downtown area of San Diego Bay, but not far to its north begins neighborhoods with a more suburban character that might be well suited for those looking to raise a family. Besides La Jolla, the Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach neighborhoods are shorefront communities ideal for those seeking to immerse themselves in beach culture.
San Diego offers everything one might expect from a major metropolitan area, but adds scenic beauty and an agreeable climate. Coupled with the wide range of recreational opportunities and varied lifestyle choices within its rich variety of neighborhoods, San Diego presents offerings few other places can match.
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