San Diego

San Diego, named for St. Didacus (also known as Diego de San Nicolás), lies immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. The eighth-largest city in the United States, it is known for its Mediterranean climate i.e. it is mild year-round although June brings clouds and “June Gloom”.

It’s natural, deep-water harbor is home to the Pacific Fleet with over 50 ships and more than 35,000 sailors, soldiers and Department of Defense employees and contractors. Military presence is obvious and besides the Fleet, includes Marine Corps bases and Coast Guard stations. If you make the drive to the Point Loma Light you’ll have a far-and-wide view of the Pacific Ocean, the San Diego Harbor and all of this great metropolitan area. And while you’re up there, you may see a submarine – under escort of course – returning from sea and headed for dock at the Point Loma Submarine Base.

Balboa Park . . . the San Diego Zoo . . . Coronado Island with its infamous Hotel del Coronado. La Jolla up the coast about 10 miles. The desert . . . the mountains.

The list of things to see and do is longer than most cities in the United States . . . perhaps in the world. That list is made possible by San Diego’s unique location and yes, that moderate climate.

You need to just go and experience it for yourself. This is one of the few spots where you can raise your expectations, and they’ll still be met.