San Diego, California is famously known as "America's Finest City," but unless you've lived in or visited the beach packed city, you wouldn't know why. The streets are adorned with sun tanned locals and curious tourists. The city holds so much history from Native American to Spanish and is why it is so full of diversity today. The following will go into detail on three of the most popular neighborhoods in San Diego: La Jolla, Old Town, and Ocean Beach. From their history to the best restaurants and attractions you will quickly learn why San Diego is one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States. There is much to see and do while in sunny San Diego. The three neighborhoods mentioned below are just a few of the most popular. No matter your interest or taste, there is a place for everyone.
La Jolla is on the more expensive side of town. In fact it has more than a 50% higher cost of living than the city of San Diego itself. Along the streets of Prospect Avenue and beyond, you will find shops of all kinds from boutiques to Prada outlets. La Jolla is also home to the Children's Pool. Originally designated for children to wade in, the Children's Pool beach has become a controversial attraction due to the seals that have long inhabited the shore. The town also hosts some of the most wonderful restaurants in the nation. They include George’s at the Cove, Marine Room, and the music hosting Herringbone and Farmer and the Seahorse. If you desire a beach view, the upstairs Rooftop, formerly Prospect Bar & Grill provides an excellent one if you sit outside on the patio. It may not be the most feasible town to afford to live in, but it is certainly worth visiting often.
"The Historic" Old Town San Diego is one of the city's top tourist attractions. From its haunted history and western origins there is so much to learn while in Old Town. One of the most haunted houses in America resides in Old Town, San Diego. The Whaley House is famous for being home to many spirits including those of the family and Yankee Jim Robinson whose court hearing was held in the courthouse inside the Whaley Mansion. Robinson was later hanged for his crime in stealing a boat. He is buried in the town’s cemetery just a block from the house. Across the street from the cemetery and further are a line of Mexican themed restaurants to coincide with the town being the birthplace of the Spanish settlement in the late 1700s. Old Town is also not far from Sea World as just four and half miles separates the two.
San Diego is known for its beaches and one of its most popular is Ocean Beach. Located just seven miles from Downtown San Diego, Ocean Beach is home to the longest concrete pier on the west coast. The OB pier is a popular fishing hangout and if you walk down far enough you can feel the waves move beneath the pier. OB also has a wonderful shopping district, similar to that of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. With record shops, candy stores, and the famous burger joint, Hodad’s, there is plenty of fun to be had while visiting Ocean Beach.