Relocating to San Diego? See if North or South County Fits Best

In the military and PCSing to San Diego? Congratulations, you just hit the jackpot! Read on for some tips on choosing what part of San Diego to call home.

The location of your assigned installation plays a large role in determining whether Northern or Southern San Diego County is the best option. Regardless of the final choice, all of San Diego County offers innumerable opportunities for fun, beautiful neighborhoods and tight knit communities where there is always plenty to do.


Military bases in San Diego include:

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base- Located in Oceanside, North County
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar-
Located in Miramar only ten miles north of downtown, offers the advantage of living in both North and South County locations
Naval Base Coronado-Southern coastal, near downtown
Naval Base Point Loma-Southern coastal, near downtown
Naval Base San Diego-Southern coastal, near downtown

Everyone drives in California and San Diego is no exception. As in most cities and suburbs, slow-moving traffic is a reality so driving long distances on well known commuter paths can be time consuming. The choice between North or South County all comes down to the location of your base.

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

If assigned to MCB Camp Pendleton, North County is a great option. The base is bordered to the south by the town of Oceanside. Oceanside is the third largest town in the county and offers a fairly busy nightlife coupled with a variety of family friendly activities and areas. If a good craft beer is a must have, there are numerous breweries located in Oceanside that also offer great food. Camp Pendleton can be accessed from Interstate-5 which runs from North to South County.

Cities Near Camp Pendleton:

Oceanside- 2 miles
Vista- 13 miles
San Marcos-20 miles
Fallbrook- 16 miles
Carlsbad- 19 miles
Encinitas- 28 miles
Escondido- 24 miles

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Located in Miramar, this base is only ten miles north of downtown San Diego and is still close to the bottom of North County. Enjoy the quiet of North County, or the attractions near downtown including Balboa Park, Old Town and the Famous San Diego Zoo. Enjoy nightlife at the Gaslamp District, which has a variety of trendy shops, clubs and restaurants. The Miramar Base can be accessed off the I-15 at Miramar Way.

Cities Near Miramar:

Some cities to call home that are close to the base include:

Mira Mesa- 4 miles
Scripps Ranch- 5 miles
Rancho Penasquitos- 7 miles
La Jolla/UTC- 10 miles
Poway- 11 miles
Pacific Beach- 12 miles

Naval Bases Coronado, Point Loma and San Diego

The Navy Bases are located in the South Bay area and are all close to the vibrant downtown area. Cities to call home include:

Downtown San Diego
Chula Vista- 10.1 miles to San Diego
Pacific Beach- 8.8 miles to San Diego
Point Loma- 8.7 miles to San Diego

Overall the southern part of the county is more convenient to the Navy bases and the downtown area. There is a diverse selection of the neighborhoods offering convenience and classic beach town living.

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