Central San Diego

San Diego is the second largest city in California and the ninth largest city in the United States. Set alongside the picturesque Pacific Ocean, San Diego and its 1.4 million residents enjoy warm weather and comfortable living in the renown Southern California region. Downtown San Diego is the central business district of the county and is a collection of many diverse neighborhoods. Likewise, the region known today as San Diego Central is a mix of several communities, including Tierrasanta, Mission Valley, Mission Hills, North Park, Sorrento Mesa, San Carlos, Del Cerro, and Kensington. The San Diego Central area is primarily north of the downtown San Diego area, sandwiched between San Diego Bay and Mission Bay and also includes an area more inland to the east of Mission Bay.

Mission Bay is a beautiful spectacle in itself and is the geographical and ecological driver of the San Diego Central area. The salt-water bay and lagoon includes Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. On most weekends, it’s not uncommon to see water sport enthusiasts take part in wakeboarding, jet skiing, sailing, and camping. A number of attractions draw tourists from around the world to the San Diego Central area. The most well-known attraction is Sea World San Diego. The marine mammal park features several wildlife species including a Shark Encounter where guests are submerged under water to experience the creatures first hand. However, the orca whales remain the crowd favorite and perform shows daily at the park.

San Diego Central is also known to be a place of crossroads and transit. In the midst of San Diego’s most busy sectors and in between North County and Downtown San Diego, San Diego Central is home to a number of thoroughfares. Interstates I-5, I-8, and I-805 all pass through the region at some point. Additionally, a number of state routes and local highways dissect the area. On the southern fringe of San Diego Central is the Lindberg Field International Airport, another place of transit, movement, and motion.