In fact, Numbeo's quality of life index gives Los Angeles a score of 130.45. The same index gives San Diego a score of 183.43. The purchasing power index for Los Angeles is 96.58, which is high, but San Diego's number of 111.15 is higher, 2 days ago. Rent is much lower in San Diego than in Los Angeles, and renting on Airbnb is cheaper than other housing options. San Diego is much smaller than Los Angeles and feels like the little brother who is happily relaxed within himself. If you're in Los Angeles or San Diego, always plan to go to the beach early for less traffic.
If we add to that the 2000 species of plants, including the rare Torrey pines, San Diego is still wild. San Diego is the birthplace of naval aviation, home to the true Top Gun flight school and the training center for all Navy SEALs. North San Diego County, as locals call it, also offers travelers more family-style beach experiences to get an Airbnb and take things slow. You can avoid the misery of regret like many other travelers who cut short their stay in San Diego to visit Los Angeles.
From taco trucks with lines to block sidewalks, to traditional restaurants like Las Cuatro Milpas and Super Cocina San Diego, they can always satisfy your need for margaritas and tacos. For a more relaxed experience, head to Ocean Beach, a vast stretch of sandy land south of the San Diego River. You can also reduce your food and travel expenses, but San Diego will be no less expensive than Los Angeles. Ask a Los Angeles native and he'll tell you that San Diego is too slow and too small, he'll comment on what a tourist trap looks like, and remind you how amazing food is in Los Angeles.
With world-famous DJs, shows, real cocktails and sparkling dance floors, nightclubs are drenched in San Diego vibes until dawn. More than 150 breweries call San Diego home, making everything from West Coast-style IPA to epic lagers and seasonal flavors, such as the ever-popular summer candy. San Diego's population is reported to exceed 1.5 million and is only expected to increase in the coming years. San Diego has the 12th best park system among the 100 largest U.S.
cities, according to The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the national non-profit organization that advocates for the creation and improvement of parks.