San Diego, CA

All About San Diego, CA

San Diego is named after the 15th-century Spanish saint Didacus of Alcalá. Before the Spanish arrived in the area, it was inhabited by the Kumeyaay people, who built scattered villages across the region, including Cosoy, which today’s Old Town grew up around.

Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo was the first European to visit the area, which he claimed for the Spanish Empire in 1542 and named San Miguel. In 1602, Sebastián Vizcaíno came along to map the California coast in his flagship, the the San Diego. A member of Vizcaíno’s expedition conducted the first Christian religious service (that we know of) in Alta California, to celebrate the feast day of San Diego. Permanent European colonization of California and San Diego didn’t begin until 1769.

In 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain, which made San Diego part of Mexican territory, but it wouldn’t remain so for long. During the Mexican-American War, the U.S. sent naval and land expeditions to conquer Alta California, and a lot of the fighting happened in the city. California became an American territory in 1848 under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and gained statehood just two years later.

Barbara Young DDS in San Diego, CA

We love serving the people close to home in our neighborhood and helping them achieve their healthy smile goals. Whether that means essential preventative dentistry through regular cleaning appointments, something more advanced like dental implants, or even cosmetic treatments like veneers to give your smile a pearly white gleam, we look forward to being your partners in lifelong dental health. Check this map if you need directions to our practice.

Discover What San Diego Has to Offer!

There are so many exciting and fun things to do and see in the area. Once you’re done with your dental appointment, you should definitely check out the San Diego Zoo. There is so much for kids and adults to see and learn. The zoo is a nonprofit conservation organization, but if you’d rather see some animals in the wild, we recommend going whale watching. San Diego Whale Watching has a historic boat, the Privateer — the first boat in the city to be used solely for whale watching!

If you love having fun around water but want to put some muscle into it, try a La Jolla Sea Caves kayak tour! In one 90-minute tour, you’ll observe dozens of marine animal species and visit sandy beaches, rocky reefs, sea cliffs, kelp forests, and deep water canyons with all the unique flora and fauna unique to each — all inside a 2 square mile area.