Located south of downtown San Diego and just north of the Mexico border lies the area known as San Diego’s South Bay, the gateway to Baja California. This area is home to many exciting attractions and offers great surfing, sport fishing, beach volleyball and horseback riding along the coast and well as some of the best Mexican food this side of the border. Connecting the South Bay to Coronado, you’ll find a portion of the Bayshore Bikeway, one of the most beautiful bike paths in California. This 10-mile portion features a flat, palm tree lined path with stunning views of the San Diego Bay and Silver Strand State Beach, a great spot for families to camp, swim, surf, kayak and fish. It also borders the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, a 3,940-acre wetland sanctuary for endangered and migrating birds, often seen from the bike path.
On the south end is Imperial Beach and the Tijuana Estuary, the largest salt water marsh in Southern California and another great spot to see migratory birds and local wildlife. Adjacent to the Estuary is the Living Coast Discovery Center, a family friendly aquarium and nature center. Other attractions in the area include Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark, the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (formerly the US Olympic Training Center), with free tours of the center available on Saturdays at 11:00 AM, the Sleep Train Amphitheater where big name bands perform under the stars as
well as golf and a scenic harbor and waterfront park.
The National City neighborhood of the South Bay has a strong military presence; itsthree-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.
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