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San Diego vs Los Angeles: 8 Reasons We Like SD Over LA

People outside of Southern California may not know many differences between the cities of LA and SD, but the natives here know that they couldn’t be more different. That being said, San Diego natives also know that when it comes down to it, the fine city of San Diego ranks far higher than the “City of Angels”. To help you understand why America’s Finest City stands true to its name, here are 8 reasons why we like San Diego vs Los Angeles:

1. The Beaches

Although SoCal has its fair share of beaches everywhere, there is really something special about the beaches local to San Diego. There is a beach for every beach-goer in this amazing city! If you’re into surfing, Black’s Beach is great for catching some big waves. If you’re into relaxing and sunbathing, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach never disappoint and never get too crowded. Not to mention, there are plenty of places to eat, shop, and even vacation in dozens of different beach homes right on the water.

2. The People

We all know that dealing with LA people can be a hit or miss. In San Diego, you are sure to get a friendly nod or “Hello” from anyone walking down the street. The people of this town just have a different caliber and are amongst the friendliest people you will ever meet. If you think about it, great people play a significant role in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

3. The Weather

The climate and weather in San Diego are constantly talked about, but for good reason! Highs in the summer rarely top 90 degrees, while winter highs are generally somewhere between 65 and 70 degrees. Sure, Los Angeles might also experience some good weather, but nothing can quite match San Diego’s blend of 70’s and the sunshine and just about 300 sunny days per year.

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4. The (Better) Transportation

San Diego is better designed for taking modes of transportation other than cars. Nearly every road has bike lanes, and the trolley has rail lines that cover the city. You can also get around the old-fashioned way and walk, as San Diego has pretty much everything within walking or biking distance from most residential homes.

If you’re looking to spend all day in traffic and be limited to just taking the bus and driving a car, head on down to Los Angeles.

5. The Beer

San Diego’s beer scene is second to none. Whether you’re looking for big-time brewers like Green Flash, Ballast Point, and Stone, or for numerous different start ups like St. Archer, San Diego has a beer for every taste.

To put it in perspective, Los Angeles seems more of a Keystone Light kind of place.

6. The History

From Point Loma and the Cabrillo monument to the Presidio and Balboa Park, San Diego offers many historical places to visit. There are also plenty of huge parks and recreation areas to go to, like hiking trails around the Spanish missions. What does L.A. have? All you can really find to do is shopping, and you basically have to leave the city to see some history or do the same things you can do in San Diego.

7. The Food & Cuisine

Sure, L.A. has some good restaurants, but when it comes to authentic, delicious, and colorful Mexican food, San Diego is about as close as you can get without actually going to Mexico.

Since it’s a border town, Mexican food here is done especially well. Not to mention, San Diego is the birthplace of fish tacos – any restaurant you visit is sure to have amazing ones. If you’re feeling Italian food, Little Italy offers some of the top Italian cuisine and deals you can find. When it comes to food, San Diego really does have it all!

8. The Many Things To Do

As mentioned before, if you go to L.A., the only things you can really do are going shopping and spend money. In San Diego, there are plenty of activities to do that are perfect for individuals or for families. You can visit the famous San Diego Zoo or the well-known Comic-Con, go whale watching, visit La Jolla cove, watch horse races at Del Mar, and many more activities. Bottom line – you will never be bored coming to San Diego.

Bonus: Pollution (or lack of it)

LA is tied for second place in the American Lung Association’s report on most polluted cities in America by year-round particle pollution, neck-and-neck with such paragons of clean air such as Bakersfield and Ph San Diego? Not on the list.


(Although to be fair, San Diego does make the list for pollution by ozone (#7) and short term (#15) — but LA tops it in both those lists, too.)


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