BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN SAN CLEMENTE, BEST IN ORANGE COUNTY,Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Camp Pendleton, Talega, 92672 92673 92674, San Diego

(949) 492-0162

Los Patios


111 W. Avenida Palizada,
San Clemente, CA 92672

"In Old Town Square- San Clemente"
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Fresh Fajitas, Burritos, Tacos, Salsa, Carnitas, Margaritas, Wine, Beer, Enchiladas, Salads

Los Patios is Rated Best of Orange County By OrangeCountyCABusinessDirectory, Best of San Clemente by SanClementeCABusinessDirectory

to Los Patios, Where you can relax and be served: The Best Authentic Aztec-Mex Food


We ARE FAMOUSE FOR OUR: Award Winning Salsa, Flaming Fajitas, Bigg Burritos, and Carnitas

Our purpose is simply to provide great tasting, high quality Mexican food and beverage in a fun and friendly atmosphere, for people who crave authentic Mexican cuisine, full of flavored Aztec Mex Style (Big Portions)

Blending Mexican and Aztec (Spicy) flavors

Quoted Best Mexican Food Restaurant in San Clemente Orange County

With our family secret recipes and cooking according to those traditions we skillfully prepare all our food every day. Nothing goes better with our chips than our famous #1 award winning salsa! It too is made fresh daily with only the freshest tomatoes, onions, and chilies.

Freshness is also the secret to the unforgettable flaming sizzling fajitas. Flames will jump from the plate, don't say we did not warn you! We start with fresh tender chicken breast and juicy steak as our main ingredient. Ahhh the terror of a fantastic Mexican food!


.:: Healthy Natural Mexican Food

.:: Best Salsa San Clemente (1st Place Winner)

.:: Big Portions, Flaming Fajitas, Voted Best Burrito



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  Fresh Fish Tacos Fresh Pescados
  Award Winning Chips and Salsa Wonderful Guacamole
  Huge Burritos Crispy Taco Salad
  Build Your Own Burrito Delicious Menudo
  Flaming Fajitas Spicy Taco Soup
  Flavorful Winning Carnitas Excellent Chicken Bowl
  Delicious Beef Bowl New Mexican Sandwich
  Savory Shrimp Camarones Fresh Tuna Salad
  Tasty Philly Cheese Steak Hot Japalenos
  Yummy Chili Relleno Crisp Tostadas
  Incredible Margaritas Romantic House Wines

Customer Reviews for Los Patios in Yahoo Travel

By A Yahoo! Contributer, 09/01/08
Great Fajitas and great service. Some of the best Fajitas I've had in Orange County. Good Margaritas also, but disappointed they couldn't make a cadillac one with Grand Marnier, oh well. Staff is really nice and a pleasent atmoshpere. Kind of hard to find - off of Palizada behind the Blue Danube restuarant. you should go there!

By endofsilence21361, 07/31/07
I started coming here about 3 months ago. These guys are great. They are very detail oriented when it comes to your order, they get everything correct, they are extremely polite and seat you right away, and their food is EXCELLENT! What more could you want when going out to eat? The place is also very eclectic and keeps it's old world Mexican charm. We go here at least once a week for the $1.00 enchiladas and it is just great! Best service I've ever had in Southern California! Keep up the good work Los Patios - we love you!

Nice little Mexican food place
By A Yahoo! Contributer, 08/14/05
My wife and I ate here for the first time the other night. We had noticed it before, because it is in the same little plaza along with the New Mandarin Garden and Adele's, two places we like here in town, but we had never tried this restaurant. Well, there was a two-for-one coupon in Clipper magazine, so we figured we would give it a go. The atmosphere is very casual, which suits me fine. I liked the unique artwork at each table (we sat at the moon table). The salsa was good, although there is a lot of ground black pepper in it, which my wife did not prefer but I didn't mind. For dinner, we both got the combination plates (because that is what the coupon was for. I had a beef taco and a beef enchilada. My wife had a beef enchilada as well. My only complaint is the beef was a little too well-done, which didn't suit the enchilada very well. After dinner, the chef (or the manager, or maybe he is both) came out and asked us if we enjoyed our meal, which was a nice touch. Overall, I wasn't wowed by anything, but I would go back and try something other than the beef.


Restaurant Review:
Los Patios November 30, 2006
From: Vol. 1, Issue 36, November 30-December 6, 2006

Compiled by Christina Scannapiego
4 1/2 Stars

111 W. Avenida Palizada, Suite 17
San Clemente, CA 92672


Genre/Style: Mexican

Los Patios, located in the Old City Plaza near Adele’s Café, has always been a Mexican restaurant of some kind. But when Carlos Frutos took over the spot in 2003, he revamped the entire place. What some used to describe as “Mexican take-out” became completely renovated, redecorated and doubled in size. Now, the family-run business offers extensive inside dining-room seating as well as outdoor patio seating and caters receptions and events. Dollar Tacos are the special all day on Tuesdays, and Thursdays offer $1 enchiladas all day. Regulars stand by their seafood dishes like Alida’s Favorite: chicken breast and shrimp with a garlic chipotle sauce, rice and veggies. Portions are huge—and that includes the margaritas. Breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros are popular among the morning crowd. And interestingly enough, lunch guests can even find a Philly cheese-steak sandwich with jalapenos. A live acoustic guitarist plays every Thursday night.

Reservations: Accepted but not necessary
Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and cash
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Details: Patio and inside dining. Catering. Private parties.

Tastiness: 4 1/4 Stars Menu selection: 4 1/2 Stars
Ambiance: 4 1/4 Stars
Service: 3 3/4 Stars
Value: 4 1/4 Stars

About our reviews: We don’t claim to be expert food critics, so instead of faking it for a free meal, we ask five real customers about their dining experience, then share that with you. All of our reviews are unannounced and unbiased. This information is intended to be useful and is obviously not scientific. Five stars is the maximum score available.


Restaurant Review Los Patios

- Not Your Typical Mexican Restaurant.

by Bill Koelzer

Owner Carlos showing just how large his platter portions are. The first thing 30-year-old Carlos Frutos did in July, 2003 when he bought the Los Patios Mexican Restaurant in Old City Plaza … was to shut the restaurant down for six months.

He explains, “I’d worked in restaurants since I was 14 - back when Adele Lux, (owner of nearby Adele’s Café) was a waitress at La Siesta and I was a busboy there - and I’d always had a vision of what my very own place should look like. The tiny 12-seat, very traditional Mexican restaurant I bought wasn’t that, so I invested six months of labor and much money in making it just what I wanted.”
Los Patios now seats 55 people in a luxurious Mexican-motif. It also does extensive outside catering for wedding receptions, corporate and governmental events, often serving 300-plus attendees. But the biggest improvement was in the food.

Carlos says, “All the Mexican restaurants in this area offer pretty much the same basic lunch and dinner menu - -tacos, tortillas, burritos, tostadas and so on. But people told me that they were ready for a different Mexican food experience so I set about creating it. Now we offer a basic menu, yes, but far more choices, a wide, wide upper caliber array of Mexican food in a matching upper caliber setting.”

Some traditions remain: Tuesdays are dollar “Taco Tuesday”; Sundays are dollar enchiladas. Always the promoter, Frutos remarks that if someone takes this entire article into Los Patios, he will give them 15% off their meal price.
Regarding food quality, Carlos reveals, “I’m the chef and I cook all the food myself. We don’t cook with lard; we use olive oil instead whenever possible. We make our own salsas and chips. We actually try to be different from other area Mexican restaurants, while retaining the essence of Mexican food. Nonetheless, everything here is cooked the healthiest yet tastiest way possible.”
Plenty of room for private parties inside.“For example, take our al pastor tacos, which can include your choice of steak, carnitas, chicken or beef,” Frutos declares. We marinate the meat in pineapple juice, special chilis, garlic, cilantro and more, and offer either large or palm-sized taco tortillas for those who eat sparingly. The rich full taste is so far beyond normal meat flavor that customers beg us for the recipe. They also love it that our meal platters overflow their plates, yet our prices stay a real value.

Carlos says that he did not, oddly enough, create the two most popular menu items. His wife, Alida, created: Alida’s Favorite – Grilled chicken breast and shrimp in our garlic chipotle sauce served with Spanish rice and steamed vegetables - $13.95. And Susan Murphy, head waitress, created: Susanita Special – A delicious 9 oz. rib eye steak with four large shrimp, a side of chipotle garlic sauce, served with rice and vegetables - $16.95

Completely renovating the old Los Patios, Frutos modernized the kitchen, tiled the floors with red pavers, painted the walls and ceilings vibrant colors, and added dozens of stunningly bright Mexican fabrics, artwork and paintings in a flamboyant, yet, symphonic array of comfy earthy tones. He installed elevated TVs for “the big games,” but since they seem extraneous with the décor, they are seldom on.

During non-busy hours Los Patios is often inhabited by business people in hushed across-the-table meetings, or couples enjoying an out-of-the-way place for a tête-à-tête. The large dining room is often used for corporate or non-profit group meetings and can be segmented from the front part of the restaurant.

When is a Mexican restaurant way more than a typical Mexican restaurant? When its owner and chef is Carlos Frutos, with his revolutionary über-Mexican food and decor. That’s when!




Mexican food is a style of food that originated in Mexico. Mexican cuisine is known for its intense and varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices.

When Spanish conquistadores arrived in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (the ancient city on which Mexico City was built), they found that the people's diet consisted largely of corn-based dishes with chilis and herbs, usually complemented with beans and squash. The conquistadores eventually combined their imported diet of rice, beef, pork, chicken, wine, garlic and onions with the indigenous foods of pre-Columbian Mexico, including chocolate, maize, tomato, vanilla, avocado, papaya, pineapple, chile pepper, beans, squash, sweet potato, peanut, fish and turkey.

Most of today's Mexican food is based on ancient traditions, such as the Aztecs and Maya, combined with culinary trends introduced by Spanish colonists. Quesadillas, for example, are a flour or corn tortilla with cheese (often a Mexican-style soft farmer's cheese such as Queso Fresco), beef, chicken, pork, and so on. The indigenous part of this and many other traditional foods is the chili pepper. Foods like these tend to be very colorful because of the rich variety of vegetables (among them are the chili peppers, green peppers, chilis, broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes) and meats in Mexican food. There is also a sprinkling of Caribbean influence in Mexican cuisine, particularly in some regional dishes from the states of Veracruz and Yucatán. The French occupation of Mexico also yielded some influences as well: the bolillo (pronounced bo-lee-yo), a Mexican take on the French roll, seems to reflect this. There is also a minor Filipino influence as well, due to the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade, which lasted from 1565 to 1815.

Mexican food varies by region, because of local climate and geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants and because these different populations were influenced by the Spaniards in varying degrees. The north of Mexico is known for its beef production and meat dishes. Southeastern Mexico, on the other hand, is known for its spicy vegetable and chicken-based dishes. Seafood is commonly prepared in the states that border the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico.

Common dishes found on a national level are:


  • Pancakes
  • Arroz amarillo
  • Arroz con lima
  • Arroz Español (Spanish rice)
  • Arroz Verde
  • Bolillos
  • Calabaza (squash)
  • Camote, Mexican sweet potato
  • Dry soup, sopa, typically pasta with flavoring of meat or tomato consomme
  • Consomme, broth, either made from drippings of meat roasted for barbacoa, or dry bouillon cubes and powder (usually known by its most common brand name, (Knorr-Suiza)
  • Curtido
  • Elote
  • Ensalada de fruta, fruit salad
  • Fideos, noodles
  • Frijoles pintos, pinto beans
  • Frijoles negros, black beans
  • Frijoles charros
  • Frijoles
  • Guacamole
  • Jicama
  • Lentejas, lentil beans
  • Refried beans (frijoles refritos)
  • Nopalitos
  • Pambazos
  • Papas (potatoes)
  • Pico de gallo
  • Salsa
  • Yuca Cassava
  • Iris
  • Albóndigas
  • Arroz con camarones
  • Arroz con pollo
  • barbacoa
  • birria
  • bistec picado
  • burrito
  • caldo, soup, (generally considered an entree rather than an appetizer) which has many variations, such as
    • caldo de pollo, chicken soup
    • caldo de res, beef soup
    • caldo de queso, cheese soup
    • caldo de camaron shrimp soup, typically made from dried shrimp
    • carne en su jugo, meat and beans in a meat broth
    • caldo de mariscos, seafood soup, similar to the Italian dish zuppa di pesce. Popularly supposed to be an aphrodisiac.
      • Also see Menudo and pozole
  • carne asada
  • carnitas
  • cecina
  • cemitas sandwiches
  • chapulines and escamoles
  • charaes, small fish, basically a type of smelt
  • chicharrón and chicharrones
  • chilaquiles
  • chiles en nogada
  • chiles rellenos
  • chilorio
  • chilpachole de jaiva
  • chimichangas
  • choriqueso
  • chorizo
  • churipo
  • cochinita pibil
  • cocido
  • cóctel de camarón and other seafood cocktails
  • coyotas
  • huaunzontles
  • empanadas
  • enchilada (red or green)
  • flautas
  • fritadas de camaron
  • gorditas
  • glorias
  • gringas
  • huevos divorciados
  • huevos motuleños
  • huevos rancheros
  • lengua
  • longaniza
  • machaca
  • mancha manteles
  • menudo
  • milanesa
  • mixiotes
  • mole
  • molletes
  • moronga
  • nachos
  • parilladas
  • pasties, a speciality of Cornwall, adopted as comida typical of Pachuca
  • Pejelagarto asado
  • picadillo
  • Poc chuc
  • pollo asado
  • pollo picado
  • pollo rostizado
  • polvorones
  • pozole
  • pulpo, octopus
  • quesadillas
  • rajas con crema
  • romeritos
  • sopes
  • sopa azteca
  • sopa de pollo
  • sopa de tortilla
  • sopa tarasca
  • tacos
    • taco al pastor
  • tamales
  • taquitos
  • Tortillas
  • Tortas (sandwiches)
    • Tortas de...., Small omelettes similar to egg foo yung patties. See also romeritos.
  • tostadas
  • tlacoyos
  • tlayudas
  • tripas
  • venado, particularly in the Yucatan.
  • sopapilla,
  • empanadas,
  • Tejate
  • Bacanora
  • Chocolate Generally known better as a drink rather than a candy or sweet
  • Atole or champurrado
  • Horchata
  • Mexican beer and soft drinks are very popular and are major export products.
  • Aguas frescas
  • Mezcal
  • Michelada
  • Tepache
  • Tequila
  • Pulque, a popular drink of the Aztecs
  • Jarritos
  • Agua De Horchata
  • Jugos de Fruta


Mexico's candy and bakery sweets industry, centered in Michoacan and Mexico City, produces a wide array of products.

  • Arroz con leche, rice with milk and sugar
  • Pastel de queso, cheesecake
  • Jamoncillos
  • Cajeta
  • Capirotada
  • Carlota de limón
  • Coyotas
  • Empanadas
  • Flan
  • Pastel de tres leches (Three Milk Cake)
  • Platano
  • Alegrías
  • Churros
  • Dulce de leche
  • Chongos zamoranos, a milk candy named for its place of origin, Zamora, Michoacán.
  • Jarritos (spicy tamarindo candy in a tiny pot), as well as a brand of soda
  • Pan dulce, sweet pastries, like American doughnuts, very popular for breakfast. Nearly every Mexican town has a bakery (panaderia) where these can purchased.
  • Pepitorias
  • Obleas
  • Glorias
  • Pan de Acambaro (Acambaro bread), named for its town of origin, Acambaro, Guanajuato. Very similar to Jewish Challah bread, which may have inspired its creation.
  • Ice cream. Pancho Villa was noted as a devotee of ice cream. The Mexican ice cream industry is centered in the state of Michoacan; most ice cream stands in Mexico are dubbed La Michoacana as a tribute to Michoacan's acknowledged leadership in the production of this product.
  • Paletas, popsicles (or ice lollies), the street popsicle vendor is a noted fixture of Mexico's urban landscape.
  • chanpurrado,
  • rosca de reyes,


San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California, United States. As of 2005, the city population was 65,338. Located six miles south of San Juan Capistrano at the southern tip of the county, it is roughly equidistant from San Diego and Los Angeles. The north entrance to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (known as the "Christianitos Gate") is located in San Clemente.

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, the area was inhabited by what came to be known as the Juaneño Indians. After the founding of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the local natives were conscripted to work for the mission. The city of San Clemente was founded in 1925 by real estate developer (and former mayor of Seattle) Ole Hanson who named it San Clemente after a town in Spain. As it were, San Clemente Island was named after the city later since it is directly west of the coast. Hanson envisioned it as a Spanish-style coastal resort town, a "Spanish Village by the Sea." In an unprecedented move, he had a clause added to the deeds requiring all building plans to be submitted to an architectural review board in an effort to ensure that future development would retain some Spanish-style influence (for example, for many years it was required that all new buildings in the downtown area have red tile roofs). It was incorporated in 1928 with a council-manager government.

Nixon's "Western White House"
In 1968 President Richard Nixon bought the H. H. Cotton estate, one of the original homes built by one of Hanson's partners. Nixon called it "La Casa Pacifica," but it was nicknamed the "Western White House", a term now commonly used for a President's vacation home. It sits above one of the West Coast's premier surfing spots, Trestles, and just north of historic surfing beach San Onofre. During Nixon's tenure it was visited by many world leaders , including Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev, Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, and Henry Kissinger, as well as businessman Bebe Rebozo. Following his resignation, Nixon retired to San Clemente to write his memoirs. He later sold the home and moved to Park Ridge, New Jersey. The property also has historical tie to the democratic side of the aisle; prior to Nixon's tenure at the estate, H.H. Cotton was known to host Franklin D. Roosevelt, who would visit to play cards in a small outbuilding overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Surfing legacy San Clemente catches swells all year long. Going from South to North, they include Trestles (technically just south of the city line), North Gate, State Park, Riviera, Lasuen, The Hole, Beach House, T-Street, The Pier, 204, North Beach, and Poche. San Clemente is also the surfing media capital of the world as well as a premier surfing destination. It is home to Surfing Magazine, The Surfer's Journal, and Longboard Magazine, with Surfer Magazine just up the freeway in San Juan Capistrano. The city has a large concentration of surfboard shapers and manufacturers. Additionally, many world renowned surfers were raised in San Clemente or took up long-term residence in town, including Hobie Alter, Jr., Shane Beschen, Gavin Beschen, Matt Archbold, Christian Fletcher, Mike Parsons (originally from Laguna Beach), Colin McPhillips, Rocky Sabo, Colleen Mehlberg, Greg Long, Dino Andino, Chris Ward, and many, many others. San Clemente High School has won 6 out of 7 most recent NSSA national surfing titles.

Education The city is served by Capistrano Unified School District. Within the city, there are 5 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school. Elementary Schools: Concordia Elementary, Truman Benedict, Vista Del Mar, Las Palmas, and Lobo Elementary. Middle Schools: Bernice Ayer, Shorecliffs, and Vista Del Mar. High Schools: San Clemente High San Clemente High School is the only high school in San Clemente. Ranked in the top 1.3% of schools nationwide, San Clemente also has an IB (International Baccalaureate) Program, a vast number of AP Courses. The music program also boasts a nationally recognized Vocal Arts Program with award-winning Madrigals, Women's Ensemble, and A Cappella choirs. San Clemente's IB students rank in the top 3% of the World for their IB scores and the program has expanded vastly in the past few years under the direction of Patrick Harris and Kathleen Sigafoos, the IB Coordinators of the School.

* City of San Clemente official website
* The San Clemente Sun Post News, the town's oldest newspaper
* San Clemente Times community newspaper



Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. Its county seat is Santa Ana. According to the 2000 Census, its population was 2,846,289, making it the second most populous county in the state of California, and the fifth most populous in the United States. The state of California estimates its population as of 2007 to be 3,098,121 people, dropping its rank to third, behind San Diego County. Thirty-four incorporated cities are located in Orange County; the newest is Aliso Viejo.

Unlike many other large centers of population in the United States, Orange County uses its county name as its source of identification whereas other places in the country are identified by the large city that is closest to them. This is because there is no defined center to Orange County like there is in other areas which have one distinct large city. Five Orange County cities have populations exceeding 170,000 while no cities in the county have populations surpassing 360,000. Seven of these cities are among the 200 largest cities in the United States.

Orange County is also famous as a tourist destination, as the county is home to such attractions as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, as well as sandy beaches for swimming and surfing, yacht harbors for sailing and pleasure boating, and extensive area devoted to parks and open space for golf, tennis, hiking, kayaking, cycling, skateboarding, and other outdoor recreation. It is at the center of Southern California's Tech Coast, with Irvine being the primary business hub.

The average price of a home in Orange County is $541,000. Orange County is the home of a vast number of major industries and service organizations. As an integral part of the second largest market in America, this highly diversified region has become a Mecca for talented individuals in virtually every field imaginable. Indeed the colorful pageant of human history continues to unfold here; for perhaps in no other place on earth is there an environment more conducive to innovative thinking, creativity and growth than this exciting, sun bathed valley stretching between the mountains and the sea in Orange County.

Orange County was Created March 11 1889, from part of Los Angeles County, and, according to tradition, so named because of the flourishing orange culture. Orange, however, was and is a commonplace name in the United States, used originally in honor of the Prince of Orange, son-in-law of King George II of England.

Incorporated: March 11, 1889
Legislative Districts:
* Congressional: 38th-40th, 42nd & 43
* California Senate: 31st-33rd, 35th & 37
* California Assembly: 58th, 64th, 67th, 69th, 72nd & 74

County Seat: Santa Ana
County Information:
Robert E. Thomas Hall of Administration
10 Civic Center Plaza, 3rd Floor, Santa Ana 92701
Telephone: (714)834-2345 Fax: (714)834-3098
County Government Website:


Noteworthy communities Some of the communities that exist within city limits are listed below: * Anaheim Hills, Anaheim * Balboa Island, Newport Beach * Corona del Mar, Newport Beach * Crystal Cove/Pelican Hill, Newport Beach * Capistrano Beach, Dana Point * El Modena, Orange * French Park, Santa Ana * Floral Park, Santa Ana * Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest * Monarch Beach, Dana Point * Nellie Gail, Laguna Hills * Northwood, Irvine * Woodbridge, Irvine * Newport Coast, Newport Beach * Olive, Orange * Portola Hills, Lake Forest * San Joaquin Hills, Laguna Niguel * San Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach * Santa Ana Heights, Newport Beach * Tustin Ranch, Tustin * Talega, San Clemente * West Garden Grove, Garden Grove * Yorba Hills, Yorba Linda * Mesa Verde, Costa Mesa

Unincorporated communities These communities are outside of the city limits in unincorporated county territory: * Coto de Caza * El Modena * Ladera Ranch * Las Flores * Midway City * Orange Park Acres * Rossmoor * Silverado Canyon * Sunset Beach * Surfside * Trabuco Canyon * Tustin Foothills

Adjacent counties to Orange County Are: * Los Angeles County, California - north, west * San Bernardino County, California - northeast * Riverside County, California - east * San Diego County, California - southeast

Orange County is home to many colleges and universities, including:


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the major West Coast base of the United States Marine Corps and serves as its prime amphibious training base. It is located in Southern California between the cities of Oceanside and San Clemente. The base was established in 1942 to train U.S. Marines for service in World War II. It is named after Marine General Joseph Henry Pendleton, who long advocated setting up a West Coast training base for the Marine Corps. Today it is the home to a myriad of Fleet Marine Force units including the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and various training commands.

The base's diverse geography, spanning over 125,000 acres (506 km²), plays host to year round training for Marines in addition to all other branches of the U.S. military. Amphibious and sea-to-shore training takes place at several key points along the base's 17 miles (27 km) of coastline. The main base is in the Mainside Complex, at the southeastern end of the base, and the remote northern interior is an impact area. Daytime population is around 100,000. Recruits from nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego spend a month on Pendleton's Edson Range receiving field training, and after graduating from boot camp return to the base's School of Infantry for further training. Camp Pendleton remains the last major undeveloped portion of the Southern California coastline, save for a few small state parks. In this way, it acts as a kind of buffer between Orange County, which is generally considered part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, and San Diego County, which generally is not.

Camp Pendleton is located in Oceanside which is the third largest city in San Diego County, California. The city has a population of 173,303. Together with Vista and Carlsbad, it makes up the Tri-City area. The city is just south of U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the busiest military base in the United States. Oceanside has grown massively from the 1970 census report of 45,000 people. Much of the city area was developed into single-family home tracts when real estate booms took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Since 1990, more commercial and industrial development diversified Oceanside's economic base, with another population boom ever since. According to the US census, Oceanside's continual growth will put the city population estimates above the 200,000 mark in 2010 or exceed 250,000 by the year


San Diego is a coastal Southern California city located in the southwestern corner of the continental United States. As of 2006, the city has an estimated population of 1,256,951. It is the second largest city in California and the eighth largest city in the United States. It is the county seat of San Diego County.GR6 and is the economic center of the San Diego–Carlsbad–San Marcos metropolitan area, the 17th-largest metro area in the U.S. with a population of 2.9 million as of 2006, and the 21st largest Metropolitan area in the Americas when including Tijuana.

San Diego County lies just north of the Mexican border—sharing a border with Tijuana—and lies south of Orange County. It is home to miles of beaches, a mild Mediterranean climate and 16 military facilities hosting the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Marine Corps.

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the affiliated UCSD Medical Center combined with nearby research institutes in the Torrey Pines area of La Jolla make the area influential in biotechnology research. San Diego's economy is largely composed of agriculture, biotechnology/biosciences, computer sciences, electronics manufacturing, defense-related manufacturing, financial and business services, ship-repair and construction, software development, telecommunications, and tourism.

The city of San Diego it self has deep canyons separating its mesas, creating small pockets of natural parkland scattered throughout the city. The same canyons give parts of the city a highly segmented feel, creating literal gaps between otherwise proximal neighborhoods and contributing to a low-density, car-centered built environment. Downtown San Diego is located on San Diego Bay. Balboa Park lies on a mesa to the northeast. It is surrounded by several dense urban communities and abruptly ends in Hillcrest to the north. The Coronado and Point Loma peninsulas separate San Diego Bay from the ocean. Ocean Beach is on the west side of Point Loma. Mission Beach and Pacific Beach lie between the ocean and Mission Bay, a man-made aquatic park. La Jolla, an affluent community, lies north of Pacific Beach. Mount Soledad in La Jolla offers views from northern San Diego County to Mexico. Mountains rise to the east of the city, and beyond the mountains are desert areas. Cleveland National Forest is a half-hour drive from downtown San Diego. Numerous farms are found in the valleys northeast and southeast of the city. San Diego County has one of the highest count of animal and plant species that are on the endangered species list than other counties in the United States.

Communities and neighborhoods of San Diego: Old Town, San Diego. Old Town, San Diego. Northern: Bay Ho, Bay Park, Carmel Valley, Clairemont Mesa East, Clairemont Mesa West, Del Mar Mesa, La Jolla, La Jolla Village, Mission Beach, Mission Bay Park, North City, North Clairemont, Pacific Beach, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, University City Northeastern: Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar, Miramar Ranch North, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, Torrey Highlands Eastern: Allied Gardens, Birdland, Del Cerro, Grantville, Kearny Mesa, Lake Murray, Mission Valley East, San Carlos, Serra Mesa, Tierrasanta Western: Burlingame, Hillcrest, La Playa, Linda Vista, Loma Portal, Midtown, Midway District, Mission Hills, Mission Valley West, Morena, North Park, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Point Loma Heights, Roseville-Fleetridge, Sunset Cliffs, University Heights, Wooded Area Central: Balboa Park, Bankers Hill, Barrio Logan, City Heights, Downtown (Columbia, Core, Cortez Hill, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Horton, Little Italy, Marina), Golden Hill, Grant Hill, Logan Heights, Memorial, Middletown, Sherman Heights, South Park, Stockton Mid-City: City Heights (comprising Azalea Park, Bayridge, Hollywood Park, Castle, Cherokee Point, Chollas Creek, Colina Del Sol, Corridor, Fairmount, Fox Canyon, Islenair, Ridgeview/Webster Rolando, Swan Canyon, Teralta East, Teralta West), College East, College West, Darnall, El Cerrito, Gateway, Kensington, Normal Heights, Oak Park, Talmadge Southeastern: Alta Vista, Bay Terrace, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Jamacha-Lomita, Lincoln Park, Mountain View, Mt. Hope, Paradise Hills, Shelltown, Skyline, Southcrest, Valencia Park Southern: Egger Highlands, Nestor, Ocean Crest, Otay Mesa, Otay Mesa West, Palm City, San Ysidro, Tijuana River Valley

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The three largest sectors of San Diego's economy are defense, manufacturing, and tourism respectively. Several areas of San Diego (in particular La Jolla and surrounding Sorrento Valley areas) are home to offices and research facilities for numerous biotechnology companies. Major biotechnology companies like Neurocrine Biosciences and Nventa Biopharmaceuticals are headquartered in San Diego, while many biotech and pharmaceutical companies, such as BD Biosciences, Biogen Idec, Integrated DNA Technologies, Merck, Pfizer, Élan, Genzyme, Cytovance, Celgene and Vertex, have offices or research facilities in San Diego. There are also several non-profit biotech institutes, such as the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Scripps Research Institute and the Burnham Institute. The presence of University of California, San Diego and other research institutions helped fuel biotechnology growth. In June 2004, San Diego was ranked the top biotech cluster in the U.S. by the Milken Institute.

San Diego is home to companies that develop wireless cellular technology. Qualcomm Incorporated was founded and is headquartered in San Diego; Qualcomm is the largest private-sector technology employer (excluding hospitals) in San Diego County. The largest software company in San Diego (acccording to the San Diego Business Journal) is security software company Websense Inc. Websense was founded and is headquartered in San Diego.

The economy of San Diego is influenced by its port, which includes the only major submarine and shipbuilding yards on the West Coast, as well as the largest naval fleet in the world. The cruise ship industry, which is the second largest in California, generates an estimated $2 million annually from the purchase of food, fuel, supplies, and maintenance services. Due to San Diego's military influence, major national defense contractors, such as General Atomics and Science Applications International Corporation are headquartered in San Diego. Tourism is also a major industry owing to the city's climate. Major tourist destinations include Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, nearby Wild Animal Park and Legoland, the city's beaches and golf tournaments like the Buick Invitational.

San Diego has several sports venues: Qualcomm Stadium is the home of the NFL San Diego Chargers, NCAA Division I San Diego State Aztecs, as well as local high school football championships. Qualcomm Stadium also hosts international soccer games, Supercross events and formerly hosted Major League Baseball. Three NFL Super Bowl championships and many college football bowl games have been held there. Balboa Stadium is the city's first stadium, constructed in 1914, and former home of the San Diego Chargers. Currently Balboa Stadium hosts soccer, American football and track and field.

PETCO Park in downtown San Diego is the home of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. The ballpark is also the current home of the semi-final and final games of the World Baseball Classic series, having hosted the inaugural series championship games in 2006. PETCO Park will be the home to the 2009 World Baseball Classic semi-finals and final as well. Other than baseball, PETCO Park hosts other occasional soccer and rugby events. The San Diego Sports Arena hosts basketball, and has also hosted ice hockey, indoor soccer and boxing. Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl on the campus of San Diego State University hosts the NCAA Division I San Diego State Aztecs men's and women's basketball games. Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego hosts college football and soccer, and the Jenny Craig Pavilion at USD hosts basketball and volleyball.

The San Diego State Aztecs (MWC) and the San Diego Toreros (WCC) are NCAA Division I teams. The UCSD Tritons (CCAA) are members of NCAA Division II while the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions (GSAC) are members of the NAIA. San Diego has been the home of two NBA franchises, the first of which was called the San Diego Rockets. The Rockets represented the city of San Diego from 1967 until 1971. After the conclusion of the 1970-1971 season, they moved to Texas where they became the Houston Rockets. Seven years later, San Diego received a relocated NBA franchise (the Buffalo Braves), which was renamed the San Diego Clippers. The Clippers played in the San Diego Sports Arena from 1978 until 1984. Prior to the start of the 1984-1985 season, the team was moved to Los Angeles, and is now called the Los Angeles Clippers. Other sports franchises that represented San Diego include the San Diego Conquistadors of the American Basketball Association, the San Diego Sockers (which played in various indoor and outdoor soccer leagues during their existence), the San Diego Flash and the San Diego Gauchos, both playing in different divisions of the United Soccer League, the San Diego Spirit of the Women's United Soccer Association, the San Diego Mariners of the World Hockey Association, and the San Diego Gulls who were in different hockey leagues during each of their three incarnations. The San Diego Riptide and the San Diego Shockwave were indoor football teams that played at the Sports Arena and Cox Arena, respectively. San Diego has long been a candidate for a Major League Soccer franchise, especially due to the city recording FIFA World Cup television audiences which are double the national average. Curiously, despite positive language being expressed by the league, the city, the media and the public, a franchise continues to elude San Diego. That looks likely to be finally rectified with San Diego considered among the favourites to land one of three franchises to be offered before 2010. The city does currently have an active mens team playing in the fourth level of American soccer, the San Diego Pumitas but no approaches have been made to turn them into an MLS team as yet.

According to education rankings released by the U.S. Census Bureau, 40.4 percent of San Diegans ages 25 and older hold bachelor's degrees. The census ranks the city as the ninth most educated city in the United States based on these figures. Public colleges and universities in the city include University of California, San Diego (UCSD), San Diego State University (SDSU), and the San Diego Community College District, which includes San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College. Private colleges and universities in the city include Alliant International University (AIU), Design Institute of San Diego (DISD), John Paul the Great Catholic University, National University, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Pacific Oaks College, The Art Institute of California, San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU),Woodbury University School of Architecture's satellite campus, and University of San Diego (USD) . There is one medical school in the city, the UCSD School of Medicine. There are three ABA accredited law schools in the city, which include California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and University of San Diego School of Law. There is also one unaccredited law school, Western Sierra Law School. The Joint Mathematics Meeting of the MAA, that is, Mathematical Association of America and AMS, which denotes American Mathematical Society, took place in San Diego, January, 2008.

The San Diego Unified School District, also known as San Diego City Schools, is the school district that serves the majority of the city, it includes 113 elementary schools, 23 middle schools, 4 atypical schools, 10 alternative schools, 27 high schools and 25 charter schools. In the northern part of the county, Poway Unified School District and San Dieguito Union High School District are districts outside city limits, but serve several schools within city limits. In the southern part of the county, Sweetwater Union High School District serves multiple schools within city limits, although it is headquartered outside city limits. San Ysidro School District (K-8) serves areas of San Diego also served by Sweet Water Union High School District. Del Mar Union Elementary School District and Solana Beach Elementary School District serve areas of San Diego also within San Dieguito.




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