Both are big cities, but Los Angeles definitely dwarfs SD. Los Angeles is home to a staggering 4 million people, the second largest city in the United States, with a massive metropolitan population of 18.7 million. By comparison, San Diego is home to 1.4 million people with a metropolitan population of 4.9 million. Rent is much lower in San Diego than in Los Angeles, and a rental on Airbnb is cheaper than other lodging options.
You feel the appeal of the Sunshine State that calls you by name. You hear the sound of waves crashing. What city is best if I only have a few days to explore? Alternatively, if you want to venture into several neighborhoods, enjoy Hollywood history and movie stars, or are interested in experiencing a culinary odyssey in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, then consider going to Los Angeles. And any food you can find in Los Angeles, you'll probably find it in San Diego, the eighth largest city in the United States.
The city has a small international airport (San Diego International Airport) that serves countless cities in the U.S. But it doesn't have as many international routes as large as LAX. Los Angeles is a hub for emerging technology companies, and you'll see a lot of digital nomads creating their own online brands while sitting in any cafe in Los Angeles. With beautiful beaches, great museums, delicious food, and countless fun things to do, you can't go wrong with a visit to San Diego.
You can avoid the misery of regret like many other travelers who shorten their stay in San Diego to visit Los Angeles. With its diverse population, the food scene is also diverse, making Los Angeles a fantastic place for foodies. The best part is that you'll always be within reach of everything San Diego has to offer, no matter where you choose. San Diego doesn't offer an affordable vacation for tourists, especially if you want to have the best experiences in the city.
Hollywood Inn Suites Hotel Located in the center of Hollywood, this hotel is perfect for those looking for a convenient and central place to stay in Los Angeles. Visit Hollywood Boulevard, a major street in Los Angeles with Hollywood museums, monuments and attractions. While Los Angeles has a fairly lean public transportation system that can be difficult to navigate, the one in San Diego is a little better and you don't absolutely need to rent a car when visiting the city (although it's still recommended, since it can make getting around a lot easier). In San Diego, you'll find California's top attractions with plenty of options for adventure lovers.
For singles or students traveling on a budget, San Diego offers affordable hostels with basic amenities and plenty of international scholarships.