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Life in Our Cities

SBP in La Jolla (San Diego) and Lake Nona (Orlando)

Our cities aren't just hotbeds of health and biotech, they're beautiful places to be. Come explore why we love where we work and live.

Life in San Diego

sunset in La JollaWelcome to San Diego, the second largest city in California and the eighth largest in the United States. Surrounded by beaches, mountains and deserts, San Diego has something to offer everyone.


Despite its size, San Diego maintains a relaxed atmosphere, offering the urban diversity of larger cities, access to quieter suburban living and the option to maintain a rural lifestyle in close proximity to employment centers. There are more than 100 neighborhoods in the county, offering many different unique cultures.

La Jolla

La Jolla, the area of San Diego in which Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute campus is located, is 12 miles north of downtown San Diego. La Jolla is home to Torrey Pines Mesa, a world-renowned center for life sciences. La Jolla spans across miles of curving coastlines and encompasses Torrey Pines State Park. The Park, which partially surrounds SBP, is home to the nation's rarest pine tree—the Torrey Pine. La Jolla also includes Torrey Pines State Beach, the Cove, Seal Rock and Children's Pool Beach – which offer a variety of beach and water activities from beach volley ball to kayaking, snorkeling, seal watching and more.



Regardless of where you choose to live, the sun will shine on you for more than half the year. San Diego enjoys mild seasons, with an average daily coastal temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and an average rainfall of only 9.5 inches. During the winter months—typically November through February—daytime temperatures average in the 60s, dropping into the 50s and 40s at night. The summer months, which stretch from mid-May to October, average 76 degrees during the day. The evenings are mild and warm, with an average of 64 degrees at night. 

View the 10-Day San Diego Weather Forecast.

Life in Orlando

When the Institute announced in August 2006 that it would build its East Coast facility in Orlando’s Lake Nona, it marked a victory for an unprecedented partnership and a milestone in Central Florida’s history. 

Orlando Overview

Since then, a flourishing life-sciences cluster has developed at Lake Nona's Medical City, which includes the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Nemours Children's Hospital, and the VA Medical Center, in addition to SBP.

But even outside of the life-sciences sector, Orlando has much more to offer than amusement parks and plenty of sunshine. You'll see that you probably don't even know the half of it!


Orlando’s neighborhoods offer an intimate glimpse of the city’s past, present and future. You can experience quaint southern charm and tree-shaded cobblestone streets just a few miles from downtown Orlando, where an urban renaissance has led to the development of condo towers offering great views.

Lake Nona

SBP campus is located in Lake Nona, 30 minutes to the south of downtown Orlando and adjacent to Orlando International Airport. Lake Nona is home to Medical City, a health and life sciences cluster with research, clinical and educational facilities. Other Lake Nona Medical City organizations include the University of Central Florida Health Sciences Campus, MD Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute (CRI), Nemours Children’s Hospital, University of Florida Academic and Research Center, and a VA Medical Center that will be the national training and planning headquarters for the VA’s new medical simulation technology.


Orlando residents enjoy a tropical climate with an abundance of year-round sunshine. During the winter months, December to February, the average daytime high is 70 degrees Fahrenheit and overnight temperatures drop to a pleasant 50 degrees. The summer months bring moderate rainfall and warmer temperatures.

View the 10-Day Orlando Weather Forecast.