Everyone knows San Diego for its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere. But the city is so much more than just a coastal paradise. Tap through for some curious facts about one of the most vibrant Californian cities!
#1. San Diego is the 2nd-largest city in California and the 8th largest in the United States and is known as the “birthplace of California”.
#2. The San Diego–Tijuana conurbation is the 2nd-largest transborder agglomeration in the US, after the Detroit–Windsor conurbation.
#3. The name “San Diego” is Spanish for “Saint Didacus”. This Spanish Franciscan saint from the 1400s is regarded as the patron of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
#4. Balboa Park in downtown San Diego is America’s largest urban cultural park with 15 museums, a zoo, and three world-famous theaters.
#5. San Diego is the famous destination of cruising enthusiasts. Every year, more than 200 cruise ships anchor in the San Diego harbor.
#6. The world’s oldest sailing ship – the Star of India – berths in the San Diego port. It’s a 150-year-old vessel that is still in active use.
#7. The San Diego area boasts more than 7,000 farms. Moreover, about 90% of America’s avocado produce grows in San Diego.
#8. San Diego is home to one of the only two wooden oceanside roller coasters on the West Coast – the Giant Dipper.
#9. America’s first ever drive-in restaurant, Oscar's Drive-in, was founded in San Diego by Robert Oscar Peterson. Later in 1951, he also founded America’s famous fast food chain, Jack-in-the-box.
#10. Despite being a coastal city, about 80-90% of San Diego’s usable water is imported from outside. That makes up around 168 million gallons of water per day.