I am looking to move to San Diego from Boston. I am also wondering, how far is the beach from downtown San Diego.
Here is a link to a map of San Diego by area.
San Diego County is a large area. From the Mexico Border to the North edge of the County is about 40 miles North and South. The odd number freeways run North and South, I-5, I-15..etc.
There are many miles of beaches.
Go to Google Maps and plug in From Horton Plaza, San Diego (downtown) to Pacific Beach, San Diego. On the left you will see a string of beach communities. Ocean Beach and continue North. There is public transportation, but you will need a car or other mode of transportation. If you have driven in Boston, you will not have a problem in San Diego. Not many traffic circles. If you get lost head West and you will reach the ocean and can go left or right.
The last timke we lived on the area, Oceanside, (August 2007 to July 2008), we used http://www.century21award.com/
There is a lot to do in San Diego, but get out of San Diego. Go to Julian, Mt Palomar. Visit all of the beaches including Coronado, Island. LaJolla is very nice, but if you are a bit more adventurous you can visit Black’s Beach which is clothing optional. The cliff above Black’s is the Torrey Pines Glider port. I may be telling you a lot of things that you know. Even in June, July and August keep a light jacket with you. If you are on the beach when the sun goes down, it may drop down to the 60s. Don’t be the person that arrives at the beach and run into the Ocean. The water is normally about mid 60s. A bit of a shock for many people. Good Luck