Metropolitan San Diego is a southern California city of diverse terrain and incomparable beauty. The city and its adjoining communities cover 4,258 square miles along the Pacific Ocean between San Clemente on the north and the Mexican border on the south.
Inland, San Diego is bounded by the Laguna Mountain Range with its Palomar Observatory and Lake Cuyamaca. with a population in excess of 1.5 million, it is the third largest population center in California. The population within the city limits of San Diego is approximately one million.
The climate in San Diego is considered by many to be the most moderate and pleasant in the continental United States. Seasonal temperatures average from 50 degrees in January to 90 degrees in August. Relative humidity ranges from 47-72%; the total rainfall averages approximately 10 inches annually.
Ocean swimming is available at many beaches, and aquatic sports such as surfing, water skiing, skin diving, sail and power boating, and salt and fresh water sport fishing can be enjoyed throughout the year. Outdoor tennis is a popular year-round sport and golf is played throughout the year at 26 major golf courses. Skiing, mountain climbing, and hunting are available only a few hours by automobile from the city. Major spectator sports are available in football, baseball, and soccer. Mission Bay Park.
San Diego has numerous museums and art galleries, as well as 173 developed parks and recreation centers. Educational and cultural activities are provided by four universities, and by civic agencies such as the San Diego Symphony, and San Diego Opera Company, the National Shakespeare Festival, the Civic Theatre, and by regular visits from drama, ballet, and music groups. The adjacent Mexican state of Baja California offers unusual and interesting recreational and cultural opportunities as well. And if you like the taste of stuff, the vast assortment of fine dining establishments available throughout the city is enough to make the palate of any connoisseur drip with titilation. Geographic and climatic desirability have been responsible for progressive growth of San Diego County over the past 15 years, and the city of San Diego has become a focal point for health sciences and facilities for the 1.5 million residents. There are 37 hospitals containing 4,000 acute, short-term beds, and 61 nursing care facilities serving the immediate area. In addition, San Diego has become a center of biomedical research as a result of the development of UCSD, the Salk Institute, and the Scripps Clinical Medical Institutions.