"Chula Vista from 1952! The Village" Top 5 Page for this destination Chula Vista by lmkluque

Chula Vista Travel Guide: 129 reviews and 287 photos

I Lived here from 1952 until 1968!

Welcome to my Chula Vista page,

Today Chula Vista is the second largest city in the County of San Diego. More than sixty years ago, it was the largest lemon producing area in the country, now the only place lemon trees can be found is in someone's backyard.

Chula Vista is the second city south of San Diego and located half way between San Diego City and Tijuana, Mexico along the Californian Coast.

The "biggest" attractions in Chula Vista are, the new Coors Ampitheater, now known as the Cricket Wireless Ampitheater, where major named entertainment is offered, an Olympic Training Center, and the new Knott's Soak City USA. a water slide park.


Both have again changed names. Now, Sleep Train Amphitheatre and Aquatica San Diego.

Third Avenue is the main "downtown" street and the hub of the area they call the Village. Shops, restaurants, an old fashion movie house, library, parks, a recreaction center and the weekly Farmer's Market, held on Wednesdays, is located within a few blocks of each other. On Fifth Avenue and H Street, the Chula Vista Shopping Center offers the best shopping in this city.

You may guess that Chula Vista is not a tourist haven, however, it could be a location to choose for lodging while on vacation in San Diego. The main advantage is that most of the hotel/motels are close to the freeways for easy on and off access and many are within a block of the San Diego Trolley stations. These Hotels and motels are priced lower than in they would be in San Diego.

I Hope You Enjoy Your Visit,

The J Street Marina

Chula Vista has a small, underdeveloped utility marina which offers two restaurants, several park areas for adults and children, a fishing pier, boat ramps, slips for mooring your boat, a nice RV Park and a shore line on the San Diego Bay suitable for wading, swimming or launching jet skis.

This area is also scheduled to become much more developed in the next couple of years.

East Chula Vista

Chula Vista not only is the second largest city in San Diego County, it also has room to expand and it is expanding! East Lake, though more of a bedroom community does offer a lot in the way of dining experiences and the newest project, Otay Ranch Town Center is a lovely place for shopping, dining and more!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not Very Touristy, But some interesting things to see and do.
  • Cons:It's beginning to become noticed.
  • In a nutshell:Worth at least a daytrip from San Diego
  • Last visit to Chula Vista: Jul 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Lots of new tips and updates here that you have added in the past two years.
    Chula Vista certainly seems to have a wide range of restaurants of different sorts.

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    Linda, nice well kept up to date page. I' ll come back to look at restaurants section soon.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Cool! A Top 5 and a Pioneer Page.

    • Basaic's Profile Photo
      Mar 17, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      I do, Linda. That is true for most of mine.

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Mar 17, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Well, in time it will happen. Once a page is built for an obscure destination, it seems others will add their own page too. It took a while before Chula Vista had six rated pages. :-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Me again, coming back to look at some of your many updates and new tips since March 2012. I think it's great the way you keep these pages up to date.

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Jul 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Thanks Don for returning to check the updates to my Chula Vista page.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    I was interested to read about the CV Heritage Museum being founded by a citizens? group in a building that used to be a hamburger joint. I always like local museums like that. An uncle of mine started a local history museum when he retired to the small town of Minocqua, Wisconsin, and I was able to donate a couple of items that I had inherited from my father.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Chula Vista looks wonderful! You've captured some wonderful things to see and do. Excellent page Linda!

  • septem's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Great pages, great tips and great photos. Juliana

  • royalempress's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Great Information! I printed lots of it to use as reference on our upcoming trip. Thanks so much, Mike

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 11:52 PM

    Those waterslides looks amazing and I can hear them yelling ... come on .... have fune! come on ;-)

  • LauraWest's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2005 at 8:42 AM

    In frenzy of getting ready for holidays!! Thanx for comment on my C.V. tip & rating it! Can't read your script fron on My monitor, yet rest of your hp, etc. is GREAT! AND i ENVY YOUR EXPERIENCES;sorry ;>)


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