South Bay is the southernmost area of San Diego, located south of downtown and just north of the Mexico border. The area consists of several communities – Coronado, Chula Vista, National City and Imperial Beach.
Across the soaring bridge from downtown San Diego is Coronado with its historic buildings, world class beaches and some of the most romantic restaurants in South Bay. Coronado is family-friendly with plenty of room to bike, swim, shop and picnic. Take the bridge, the Silver Strand or the ferry to Coronado!
Chula Vista, which means “beautiful view” in Spanish, boasts a scenic location in between the San Diego Bay and coastal mountain foothills. It is home to the ARCO US Olympic Training Center, Knott’s Soak City, Chula Vista Nature Center, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, shopping, golf, dining and a scenic harbor and waterfront park.
National City has a strong military presence; its three-mile port area along the San Diego Bay is part of Naval Base San Diego, the largest U.S. Naval base on the west coast.
A variety of scenic areas and natural preserves are located in Imperial Beach, including 6 miles of beaches, a state park and the Tijuana Estuary. The Estuary is home to many endangered birds and wildlife and the largest salt water marsh in Southern California.