IT’S A BIG STATE, so it makes sense that Northern and Southern California have their differences. It’s dangerous to claim that one half is better than the others, but everyone has their opinion. I’ll keep mine to myself (I have lived in both) and instead give some differences I’ve noticed, so you can decide on your own.
1. Reaction to weather.
I’ve had friends come to visit me California in December and they’ve packed only shorts and tee-shirts. This seems like a great idea, until they realize that the July weather in San Francisco is totally different than the weather in Los Angeles. And even if the number on the thermometer is the same, the reaction to weather is MUCH different. 60 degrees in San Francisco means everyone runs out in tee-shirts to Dolores Park. 60 degrees in San Diego means people wear sweatpants, a fleece, a beanie, and stay inside to avoid the cold