Lemon Grove, CA Maps for Travel Planning and Vacations
If you guess that Lemon Grove in San Diego County was named for its historic
roots in which lemons once grew abundantly, you'd be right on track to
envisioning what Lemon Grove is about. Only 12 miles from San Diego's airport,
downtown, and beaches, lemons do still grow abundantly, but not so much in
expansive groves that once created a beautiful pattern across the expanses of
land that make up the city.
Garnering the title of "Best Climate on Earth", its motto for more than 100 years,
Lemon Grove in southwest San Diego County, actually was first settled by sheep
ranchers around 1869. Sheep, vegetables and poultry provided all that was
needed to survive in this paradise, which accepted the name Lemon Grove in the
early 1900s when large citrus groves of lemons and oranges became the area's
The groves disappeared as urbanization fulfilled the dream of more than a few
ranchers who discovered that living in the best climate on earth was exactly
where they wanted to be. Mediterranean climate featuring warm, mild weather (70s
to 90s) and dry, and cooler winters (60s t0 70s) with occasional rains
plus the secret ingredient known about in the region-- ocean breezes. Up and
down this portion of the coast the days during the summer can be warm or hot,
but places like Lemon Grove and Temecula (wine region) look for those afternoon
breezes to blow in from the coast to their cities creating incredible
experiences that make people notice the weather even more.
Lemon Grove enjoys a geography of coastal mesas with an elevation range from
around 280 to 530 feet above sea level.
This is great! It's a residential community that people love to live in. But
what can tourists do for fun?
Since Lemon Grove is fairly small population-wise with over 20,000 residents
outside a metropolitan area that ranks second in population for all of
California, most activities and events are focused on community participation
rather than tourists. There are only one or two hotels in the city, so as
destinations go, you'll find more options in nearby San Diego where there are
hundreds of beach hotels, bayside resorts, and convention and business hotels in
Gaslamp and surrounding the San Diego Convention Centers with its sports arena.
If you want to visit Lemon Grove, some highlight annual repeat events
Community Bonfire is held each year since 1997 around the winter holidays.
The free family oriented event takes place after dark at
Civic Center Park at
Olive and Church Street. Activities (rain, or shine) include live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, free
refreshments, game booths, crafts, face painting, and more! Held in conjunction
with the event is the Lemon Grove Holiday Food & Toy Drive, providing toys and food for over 300 low-income children during the
holiday season. Bring a new unwrapped toy or donations to the event.
Other events include:
Concerts in the Park
Holiday Food & Toy Drive