Chula Vista is a large city in San Diego County in Southern California. Originally a farming and dairy city in the early 20th century, by the early 21st century the city had grown tremendously with the addition of several prominent suburbs and business districts.
Chula Vista is accessible by car through Interstates 805, 905, 125 and 5. The nearest major airports are San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Tijuana International Airport (TIJ).
The San Diego Trolley Blue Line serves Southern San Diego County, running between Downtown San Diego down to the US-Mexico Border. Chula Vista has three trolley stations: Bayfront/E Street, H Street, and Palomar Street.
Private boats can dock at the local Chula Vista Marina.
phone: +1 619 409-5900address: 1000 Gunpowder Point DriveSituated in the midst of the marshes of the South Bay and something of a hidden gem is this fun nature center with lots of interactive exhibits on animals native to the San Diego Bay. Highlights include an aquarium with sharks and sea turtles, a touchpool with rays, an aviary where you can view shorebirds, and some birds of prey. Short trails lead out from the nature center through the marsh to the shores of the bay, where you can view some of the local wildlife.
phone: +1 619-656-1500address: 2800 Olympic ParkwayTraining center for Olympic athletes. Tours available.
North Island Credit Union AmphitheatreAn amphitheater even larger than the Hollywood Bowl
- Since Chula Vista is surrounded by Silver Strand, it has only a harbor and no beaches. However many boaters and recreational fishers find this to be an interesting area to boat and fish. There is a boat launching ramp located at the J Street Marina Park, off the J Street I-5 offramp. The ramp has a large parking lot for vehicles with trailers, picnic facilities and restrooms. Care should be taken navigating in the adjacent areas of San Diego Bay as there are extremely shallow shoal areas. Refer to a current navigational chart prior to leaving the ramp area. Nearby is South Bay Anchorage, which is free to use, but a permit is required (permits can be obtained from the Shelter Island Harbor Police Office in Point Loma). In the vicinity are several parks and bike trails.
- In the east is Coors Amphitheater and Knott's Soak City, both in the Otay Valley. The redevelopment of the area occurred in 1997-8 and his since been a popular place for locals and visitors.
phone: +1 619 222-4732address: 2052 Entertainment CircleWater Park
Westfield Shoppingtown Plaza Bonita
Chula Vista Centre
Terra Nova Shopping District
Aqui Es TexcocoGreat lamb barbacoa.
phone: +1 619 426-5172address: 230 3rd AveGood Thai food at reasonable prices with good deals on lunch. Easily accessible via bus from trolley stations or other parts of South Bay. Metered parking on the street and in city-owned lots.
Hungry Hank Deliaddress: 866 3rd AveKnown locally as having some of the best sandwiches around, has a wide menu for a variety of eaters.
Tacos El GordoFamily-owned counter-serve restaurant with Tijuana-style food
phone: +1 619 691-6868address: 946 Broadway
phone: +1 619 420-5183address: 710 E St
phone: +1 619 422-2600address: 4450 Main St
phone: +1 619 422-4200address: 745 E St
phone: +1 619 422-8305address: 230 Broadway
Hercor HotelRelatively inexpensive "urban boutique"-style hotel, just a block from the light rail station
Sunny Coin Laundryaddress: 600 F St
phone: +1 619-691-5069address: 365 F St