Chula Vista, CA

Location: Located in the South Bay, Chula Vista is seven miles south of downtown San Diego and seven miles north of the Mexican border. (map)

 

Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County. Chula Vista has gone through redevelopment in recent years, especially along its San Diego bayfront and downtown area. Chula Vista has become a destination for tourists, who can enjoy its many attractions, including the bayfront harbor, marinas and shoreline parks.

Activity Hubs

Chula Vista Harbor Activity Hub
Chula Vista Harbor, Chula Vista Bayside Park & Beach, Chula Vista Marina View Park, Chula Vista Bayfront Park, Chula Vista RV Resort, Sweetwater Estuarary.

 

Third Avenue Activity Hub
A small-village like downtown district, a live theatre, museum, and farmers market

Beaches

Chula Vista Bayside Park Beach
People swim at this beach. Kayaakers and wind surfers use it to enter the bay. Scenic view of Downtown, Coronado Bridge and Silver Strand.

Attractions

SHORELINE PARKS

Chula Vista Marina View Park
Play equipment, picnic tables and benches, an open play area and a pleasing southern view of the Sweetwater Estuary.

 

Chula Vista Bayfront Park
Fairly large park, offering more secluded areas away from the crowds. Public boat launch.

 

Chula Vista Bayside Park
Large park with picnic and game tables, public fishing pier, open spaces for play, and walking paths.

 

CAMPGROUNDS

Chula Vista RV Resort
Neighborhood like atmosphere with landscaped parks, green lawns, street signs with names, club house and pool. Next to its own 552 slip marina.

 

HARBORS

Chula Vista Harbor
Includes two marinas and a yacht club. Sight-seeing, sport fishing, and whale-watching charters.

 

RESERVES / NATURE CENTERS

The Chula Vista Nature Center
Several exhibits including living exhibits, shark aquarium, gift shop, and extensive educational programs for kids and adults. Guided tours.

 

Sweetwater Estuarary
316 acres of wetlands on central San Diego Bay. Estuary protects many endangered species.

 

South Bay Refuge
Designed to preserve migrating and resident shorebirds, waterfowl and other native habitat.

 

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Knotts Soak City, San Diego
22 water rides on 32 acres, with a surf theme of the 50s San Diego beach scene.

 

THEATRES / MUSIC / ART

Onstage Playhouse
A live community theatre on Third Ave. Produces 6 or more plays annually. Intimate setting with 60 seats.

 

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
An outdoor amphitheatare with seating for over 9,400. Designed for concerts.

 

MUSEUMS

Chula Vista Heritage Museum
Built in 1946, the museum has exhibits of local historic significance. Tours available.

 

SHOPPING

Chula Vista Center
A regional shopping ceneter in the heart of Chula Vista.

 

Third Avenue Village
Historic shopping district with specialty shops, restaurants, cafes and more.

 

FARMERS' MARKETS

Downtown Farmer's Market
Thurdays, purchase fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants directly from local farmers.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

US ARCO Olympic Training Center
Year-round Olympic training. Supports nine venues. About 4,000 athletes train there each year.

Hotels

Chula Vista Hotels, Chula Vista Boutique Hotels
Several economy hotels. Small boutique bed & breakfast in downtown Third Ave District.

Events

Village Vibes Concert Series
July - Aug
Free summer concerts fill Memorial Park next to Third Ave, for six weeks.