San Diego is an enchanting place. We have beaches, the marina, and Balboa Park, but perhaps the most captivating parts of San Diego are the pieces reserved for the locals: the rich history, the culture and the evening breeze. Today, allow us to walk through some amazing facts about San Diego you probably didn’t know if you if you do not already live here.
1. The Name San Diego
In 1542, Juan Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator claimed the bay for Spain, naming it San Miguel. On November 12th, 1602, Don Sebastian de Viscaino celebrated mass ashore in honor of St. Didacus (San Diego in Spanish), renaming it to San Diego.
2. The La Jolla Caves
La Jolla houses seven famous sea caves. Sunny Jim Cave being the only land-access sea cave. The La Jolla Underwater Park, built in 1970 was first of its kind on the West Coast.
3. The Fish
San Diego was rightly called, ‘The Tuna capital of the World’ as the American tuna canning industry and tuna fishing fleet were based here. It was the third largest industry after the Navy and Aviation.
4. The Rabbit Ville
In early days, settlers tried to build a city by the bay of the now downtown San Diego area. Unfortunately, they failed in doing so. However, their efforts helped in forming a great habitat for the local rabbits. Thus, nicknaming it ‘Rabbit Ville.’
Approximately 22% of jobs in America are defense related. San Diego is home to the largest naval task force in the world have a majority of the population serving the nation.
6. The Runway
San Diego International has been claimed to be ‘the busiest, most difficult single runway in the world.’ Overall it ranks the third-busiest single runway in the world, behind Mumbai and London Gatwick.
7. The Avocados
Fallbrook in San Diego holds the title of ‘Avocado Capital of the World.’ This is because of its extensive stretch of avocado groves.
8. The Lakes
All lakes in San Diego are man-made. Due to the cost involved in its treatment, swimming is prohibited in the lakes.
9. The Holiday
Frank Tony Hawk, the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding, has a holiday named after him. May 29th is celebrated as ‘Tony Hawk Day’ in San Diego honoring his great achievement and philanthropic contributions.
10. The Star
Built in 1863, the world’s oldest active sailing ship that circumnavigated the world 21-times; surviving a number of environmental disasters and unsuccessful voyages, this rugged beauty, The Star of India, home ports in San Diego Bay.
11. The Fit
The American Fitness Index for 2015 declared San Diego as the third-fittest city in the States. The majority of the population here believes in healthy eating and staying fit.
12. The Birthplace
San Diego was originally located in the now central San Diego, still known as the Old Town. Alonzo Horton, in 1867 purchased some hundred acres of waterfront property. He built the docks at the end of 5th Avenue, which bloomed into a city in no time. This area was then called ‘New Town.’
13. The Munchkins
An area in La Jolla is known as ‘The Munchkins House.’ This is because a majority of the actors (who played Munchkins in the movie Wizard of Oz) reside here.
14. The Dining
Not for the light-hearted! At the city’s Dick’s Last Resort Bar, you pay for food accompanied with sarcasm, attitude and obnoxious behavior of the staff. Although it served the locals for 25 long years, it was shut recently in 2016.
15. The Theatre
La Jolla Playhouse and Old Globe of San Diego have sent quite a number of shows to Broadway, NYC. Interestingly, the number exceeds any other theatre in the entire country.
These are just a few of the many interesting things about San Diego. If any of these excite you, hurry up, pack your belongings and make a move to Downtown San Diego. Leave the hustle of searching your shelter to Buy, Sell, Rent San Diego by contacting Claudette Cooper at (619) 825-1974, today.