San Diego, California
City of San Diego Major Areas
Technically, the City of San Diego does not have defined districts or
villages within the city limits. San Diego County extends further east
north than the map below indicates. When San Diego, CA is broadly
discussed, many assume that all cities and towns within San Diego
County are part of the City of San Diego. That is not the case although
many of the major attractions in areas adjacent to or reasonably close
to San Diego.
The following map to shows approximate district areas that are
"assumed" by San Diego CA residents. The map further intends to help
visitors, tourists and vacationers to the San Diego area plan hotel and
lodging accommodations that will become a convenient home base
in closest proximity to desired San Diego attractions and Things To Do
in San Diego.
City of San Diego Major Districts
Click the map for an enlarged view.
Downtown San Diego
Not only is downtown the central business district of the city, it is the
hub of nightlife with a high concentration of restaurants, clubs and bars.
Downtown area is home to historic "Gaslamp Quarter", "Little Italy", the
San Diego Convention Center, PetCo Park, the "Embarcadero" and the
Harbor Marina area on San Diego Bay. The shopping areas of "Seaport
Village" and Horton Plaza are also located in the downtown area.
Balboa Park and Hillcrest Area
This area is adjacent to downtown San Diego and is home to Balboa Park
and its historic museums. It is also home to the San Diego Zoo which is
on the grounds a Balboa Park. Hillcrest is a trendy urban neighborhood.
Old Town San Diego and Mission Valley
It is convenient to San Diego's "Hotel Circle" and home of Old Town San
Diego which is considered the birthplace of San Diego. Old Town sits at
the base of Presidio Park, the site of the Junipero Serra Museum. Mission
Valley is a major commercial center that lies on the San Diego River.
Mission Valley is where San Diego de Alcala, the first Spanish
mission built in California, is located.
Point Loma and Ocean Beach
Point Loma is on the tip of the peninsula across the San Diego Bay from
downtown San Diego. The San Diego Airport is located in this area. The
southern tip of Point Loma is Federal Land and includes the Old Point
Loma Lighthouse, the Naval Base, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
and the famous Cabrillo National Monument that marks the spot where
Juan Cabrillo's Spanish Expedition landed in San Diego Bay in 1542. The
west, southern end is a popular spot to watch the gray whales migrate
in the ocean waters during the winter months.
Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach
Just minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Bay Park is a 4,600
acre aquatic playground of parks, beaches, marinas, hotels and 27 miles
of shoreline. It is home to Seaworld and Belmont Amusement Park.
Mission Beach and Pacific Beach are in this area featuring a 3-mile
boardwalk, beach front shops, bars and restaurants.
La Jolla, California
Although most visitors think La Jolla is a separate incorporated city, it
is actually part of the City of San Diego. The most visited attraction in
this area is the Village of La Jolla, an old Mediterranean style village on
the coast with a wide variety of unique shops, museums, hotels and
restaurants. La Jolla is home to Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of
Oceanography, Scripps Park and several scenic beaches including La Jolla
Shores, La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool.
Mid-City of San Diego
This area is primarily comprised of urban and suburban neighborhoods
in the heights of eastern San Diego. There are no major attractions in this area.
Northeastern San Diego
Like Mid-City, this area is primarily suburban San Diego residential area
with a few scattered attractions.
This is the southern-most part of San Diego and is the location of the
busiest border-crossing into Mexico. The other side of the border is
NOTE: Coronado Island lies across the harbor from downtown San Diego
and is closely aligned with The City of San Diego, but is a separate town
and home to the historic Hotel del Coronado and the 10-mile long Strand
Beach. The landmark Coronado Bridge connects Coronado to San Diego,
See San Diego County Map for descriptions of other cities and towns
within San Diego County where many major attractions are shared with
vacationers to San Diego.