Description - With its rich Hispanic heritage, temperate climate, deep sea habors, sandy beaches and a variety of fun-filled attractions, San Diego County is quintessential California. San Diego is bounded by some of the best surfing beaches in California to the west, snowy mountainous peaks to the east, and an exotic neighbor-Mexico-to the south. Within these borders is the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, several California missions dating from the 1800s, a small alpine town packed with hole-in-the-wall cafes (each selling homemade apple pie that claims to be "the best"), dense stands of ancient oaks and pine trees, splashing orcas at SeaWorld off Mission Bay, and coastal wetlands that every spring and fall attract hundreds of species of migratory birds-Canada geese, snowy egrets, and green-winged teals among them.
Pacific Beach attracts a laid-back surfing culture, while La Jolla attracts a more upscale crowd to its chic art galleries and fashionable shops. North of this village is a string of seaside towns that are known for their luxury resorts, challenging golf courses, and spectacular beaches. In Del Mar, the ponies have been running since Bing Crosby founded the Thoroughbred Club in the 1930s, while flower fields are the attraction near Encinitas and Leucadia-go for blooming ranunculus in spring and poinsettias in December.
- The sandstone bluffs, gentle surf, and wide, sandy beaches of this region offer great recreation to all visitors. However, this region is also a place of historic battlefields, lively celebrations of the Mexican era in California, and important natural preserves.
San Diego County features the Cleveland National Forest, three state parks, seven state beaches, two state historic parks, and one state reserve.
Recreation - San Diego County offers some excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Some of the most popular include swimming, surfing, surf fishing, horseback riding, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, picnicking, and camping.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California.
San Diego County, located at the southern most tip of California, stretches northward from the Mexican border to Camp Pendleton, and eastward from the Pacific Ocean to the border of the sprawling Anza-Borrego Desert.
The main highways accessing this county are 5 and 15 running north/south and 8 running east/west.