San Diego is the second stop of the World Summit Tour, the scientific congress on implant dentistry. It is also the second biggest city in California. The city ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States, and with a record 492 species of birds being sighted here, that doesn’t apply to just humans. Focusing on people, it’s fair to say that San Diego is ideal for everyone from farmers to start-up entrepreneurs.
Beaches, sunshine and an idyllic climate
In the southwest corner of California, south of Los Angeles and north of Tijuana, Mexico, we find San Diego. With nearly 14 million residents, it is the second biggest city in California. And, if we include the entire San Diego-Tijuana region, 4.92 million people make this the largest bi-national urban area shared between the US and Mexico.
A striking feature of San Diego, apart from the 70 miles of pristine beaches found around the city, is the idyllic climate. In May, you can expect temperatures in the region of 59-69° F (15-20° C), and should you want to go for a swim, the ocean temperature is around 64° F (18° C).
San Diego has a natural deep-water harbor and is the principal home port of the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet. If we step ashore, we find a city that’s built on mesas, while the many surrounding canyons and hills remain wild, giving San Diego a feeling of dichotomy.
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, San Diego has one of the top-ten climates in the world. Farmers seem to agree, as there are over 7,000 farms here—the most in one city in the United States. San Diego is also the number one producer of avocados in the country. The city used to be “the tuna capital of the world,” but due to increased competition, this industry was forced to move in the 1970s.
Biotech and start-ups are the future
Today, a wide variety of industries and businesses, from electronics and aerospace to nuclear and oceanographic research, make San Diego a thriving city.
Two areas are worth a special mention. First, San Diego is the second-largest biotech cluster in the United States. Over 400 companies operate in the area and an additional 140 contract research organizations have facilities here. Second, according to Forbes columnist Tom Post, San Diego is the best place to launch a small business or start-up company.
It is no surprise that the city attracts qualified businesses. More than 40 percent of San Diegans over the age of 25 hold bachelor’s degrees, making the city the ninth-most educated in the US.
Never boring in San Diego
Thanks to the climate, leisure activities like aquatic sports, ocean fishing, tennis, golf, hiking, cycling and camping are very popular here. Creative arts are also flourishing, with frequent and well-attended music and drama performances throughout San Diego. Every summer, there is a Shakespeare festival and both the symphony orchestra and the opera run extensive and popular schedules.
As in any major American city, the local sports teams pack the stadiums. San Diego Chargers play in the National Football League and San Diego Padres are in the Major League Baseball’s National League. We suggest that you refrain from asking local fans how many Super Bowls and World Series their teams have won though, as the answer is zero. For many, this drought comes down to the San Diego Sports Curse.
There are some places in San Diego that should not be missed. The historical Gaslamp Quarter with bars and clubs is close to many attractions and the bay with take-off point for harbor cruises. Coronado, a peninsula that’s usually referred to as an island, is home to the largest wooden structure in the United States—the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Balboa Park is most famous for the San Diego Zoo, but also include, among other things, 17 museums, 19 gardens and over a dozen restaurants.
Should you have more time to spare, there are several nice and interesting places outside of San Diego. The charming Julian, a gold-rush town surrounded by apple orchards, is one example. If upscale dining and shopping is your taste, we suggest a visit to La Jolla, the hilly seaside community surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches. Meaning the jewel in Spanish, La Jolla is located just north of the city where you find lovely art galleries, nice shops and some of the finest food served in the area.
Quiz time—try to remember these San Diego facts
- America’s first drive-in restaurant, Oscar’s, opened here.
- The Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park, is the only roller coaster in the United States to be on the National Register of Historic Places.
- San Diego is America’s Craft Beer Capital.
- San Diego plans to be the first US city to install cyber-controlled street lighting.
- Charles Lindbergh’s airplane, Spirit of St. Louis, was built here.
Much more can be said about San Diego, but we suggest that you discover this for yourself during the World Summit Tour.
For more information and registration for the World Summit Tour, the scientific congress on implant dentistry, with upcoming tour stops also in Nice and Shanghai, please check the World Summit Tour website. See you there.