Destination San Diego

Friday, 26 July 2019

San Diego. Its population, with more than 1 million and 420.000, calls it America’s finest city. It’s the second most populated city in California, after Los Angeles, the eighth in the USA.

San Diego is also the state capital of the namesake county – San Diego County – that includes the city of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos and Santee.


It’s a territory that touches 3 million and 350.000 inhabitants and that, on 2018, hosted almost 35 million and 800.000 visitors. Among these, as the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) describes, the 85% visited San Diego and surroundings for leisure reasons, the 13% for business reasons, the 2% for other reasons.

Still talking about the total number of visitors, 18 millions of them stayed overnight in the area, while the remaining ones were daily visitors. About the 18 million visitors that stayed overnight in 2018, 10 million and 200.000 of them chose hotels and motels, with an hotel occupancy rate – the relationship in percentage between the available rooms and the ones sold in a specific period – of about the 78,7%.

For San Diego, the year 2019 represents the 250th anniversary of its foundation. The first settlement – the mission of San Diego de Alcalá – is dated on 1769 and is due to Junípero Serra, a Spanish missionary who came in the region with an expedition leaded by the compatriot, explorer and soldier Gaspar de Portolá. Next to the settlement, in the area now known as the Old Town, he established a presidio.

If you want to learn more about San Diego and surroundings, you can refer to the multilingual website San Diego by SDTA and to the focus edited by Visit California.

Before saying goodbye, we want to report you that, from the 10th to the 17th November there will take place the 2019 edition of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, an event dedicated to wine, food and also to craft beer.

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