"Home to the Mile of Cars" National City by lmkluque

National City Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 131 photos

Just South of San Diego

Welcome to my National City page,

I lived in National City for many years. It is a city with little of interest to attract a world traveler, but there are somethings about National City one planning a trip to San Diego might like to know.

Hotels/motels located in the northern end of National City, which borders the City of San Diego, are lower in price than hotel/motels of the same quality located in the City of S.D.

Plaza Bonita is a two level shopping Mall serving the area, located at the southern border, next to the city of Chula Vista. Interesting to note, the stores in Plaza Bonita, such as, Robinson-May, Victoria Secret etc. generally offer their wares at a lower price than the same stores found in shopping malls in northern end of San Diego.

The Mile of Cars is an international shopping mall for automobiles from around the globe and for anyone interested in cars, this is the place to go.

I hope you enjoy you're visit,
Linda

Pier 32 Marina

The newest and most promising project in National City is developing the area along the bay. It's taking a while, but a noticeable improvement has been made so far. The Pier 32 Marina is almost full of boats and the various projects are visible. More is to come, but it's a great start.

The Marina is a nice place to stay, to park your boat, have a meal, play in Pepper Park, to just walk around or ride a bike along the bayside path. This section has a couple of restaurants, a really nice hotel and the Santa Fe Depot Museum is here as well. All is conveniently within walking distance of the B.W. Marina Gateway Hotel.

This area is out of the path of crowds, but the hotel offers a shuttle to the 24th St. Trolley station for those who like to get around.

To Be Continued....

Plaza Bonita (Westfield Mall)

Plaza Bonita originally requested to build in Chula Vista and was denied. Good news for National City! This turned out to be one of the most popular shopping/entertainment spaces in the South Bay area. While other malls were suffering the economic decline, Plaza Bonita was expanding. It's full of people almost all the time.

The prices of most things here are less than at San Diego shopping malls, even the same objects from the same stores. The stores offer a wide range of style and variety to choose from.

There are a few high-end department stores and boutiques. The AMC 14 multiplex is located at the far south end of the mall, Macy's at the north end. In between there is a huge Food Court, and over 100 shops of all kinds to choose from.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cost of living is lower
  • Cons:Standard of beauty is lower. (It is beginning to improve.)
  • In a nutshell:Offers the Option to Save and an Exciting Future
  • Last visit to National City: Jul 2013
  • Intro Updated Jul 30, 2013
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  • JulieJueletha's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Nice page. I had never known about National City before. Thank you!

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Dec 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Thanks Julie for the comment. National City is not really a "tourist" area on it's own. I just can't travel anymore so I write about the places around here. It's pretty interesting to look at it from a "tourist's" point of view.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    National City does not sound like my sort of place (since I am one of those people you mentioned who don't like cars), but you have certainly done a fine job of presenting it. I'm glad they also have the trolley and the bus lines, in addition to the ever-present cars.

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Well, that is fine praise from you Don! Thank You. Lots of people in National City rely on public transportation, the only problem is that the routes are focused on places a resident might need to get to. However most bus routes have stops at the SD Trolley so a tourist can easily get to most places they'd want to be also. Take heart, bikes are the up and coming thing in the SD County too! Almost every where, town and rural areas there are bike lanes and we are planning to set up bike loaning stations too.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Dec 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Good news!

  • winnietankl's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Thanks for your help to check out the motels for me. Very useful tips. See you in 3 weeks time.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 8:22 AM

    Very interesting story about the Miracle Mile. I lived in SD and visited many times, but that was a new one for me. I'll have to notice more closely next time. thanks!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2004 at 4:31 PM

    Wow, I didn't know that I passed through the Miracle Mile of Cars. Great restaurants tips... but nothing compare to Filippi's Pizza Grotto, you know :-)I like your Pros and Cons ---> beauty costs, right?

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2004 at 8:58 AM

    I wish I knew about the Filipino booth when I was at Plaza Bonita Mall a few years back or else I would have had that instead of the Greek.

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