Clarion Hotel National City San Diego South
700 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
Phone: (619) 474-2800
Fax: (619) 474-1689
Chula Vista has been named one of the best places in the United States to raise a family. The area has plenty of open space to the east and an undeveloped bayside waterfront to the west. No wonder the visitor information center wants to get the word out on this prosperous community dominating the South Bay region. Stop by for pamphlets, maps, event information and general insights into this up-and-coming community.
San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a magnificent natural haven. Sprawling across 316 acres (127.88 hectares), this landscape is filled with diverse habitats, and flora and fauna. For visitors, highlights include hiking trails, bird and wildlife observation, fishing, hunting and boating.
A 15-minute drive south will take you to one of the few remaining salt-marsh habitats on the Pacific coast. At the Chula Vista Nature Center, families can take guided nature walks while observing hundreds of species of birds in their natural surroundings. Afterwards, stop by the petting tank for an up close look at sharks, bat rays, and jellyfish. Let your children experience the wonders and joys of nature safely at this great center. Check their website for current rate information.
Located on the Sweetwater Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Living Coast Discovery Center is dedicated to teaching kids and adults about Southern California's wildlife. You'll be amazed at their aquarium, which contains Leopard sharks, stingrays, and Moray eels. Enjoy some bird watching or check out the reptile residents of this institution!
Crab Carillon is the place to visit if you want to enthrall yourself in the magnificence of chimes. You can play the chimes yourself but be sure to carry a pen or a pencil or any other stick and just run it across the bars on the bridge. You could do it forward and backward—the melody will take your breath away! The arrangement with which the bars are arranged is a wonder in itself.
This glorious example of Victorian architecture Villa Montezuma was built in 1887 for the eccentric author, musician, and spiritualist medium Jesse Sheppard. Replete with all the fancy turned work and enchanting dragon-topped turrets that mark the Victorian style, this well-preserved mansion is now frequently the site of Victorian teas, musicales, Halloween and Victorian Christmas celebrations. Listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, they offer tours and private bookings can be arranged.
The Martin Luther King Recreation Center in San Diego was built in 1986 on available open space. Today the center caters to the recreation needs of the entire community with its indoor basketball and racquetball courts, soccer field, baseball field, picnic areas and lots more. The center organizes events like Spring Egg hunts and community celebrations like New Years and the like.
Bayside Park is a delightful location on the South Bay. The highlights for the visitors include paved walkways, fishing pier, picnic tables, biking trails and open play area, and for most of them breath-taking views of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego Skyline.
Mission Brewery is a local San Diego micro brewery that offers curious visitors and beer enthusiasts the chance to find out exactly how beers are brewed, along with sampling some of their signature products. The brewery has a bar and cafe on the premises, the perfect place to kick back and relax with a craft beer after a long day with a light Mission Blonde or a stronger Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout. For those who don't enjoy beer, no worries, sample some of their creative cocktails on draft or made to order like the Strawmelon Fresca or the Mission Mule. Tours are conducted on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm for upto 16 people. Booking is advisable. Private tours and events can also be arranged on request. For additional information, visit the website.
Experience the picturesque beauty of nature and comfort at the Chula Vista RV Park & Resort. Conveniently located, this 17 acre (6.88 hectare) park features marinas, waterfront restaurants, beach, parks, walking trails, market area, swimming pools and boat launch ramp.
Looking out into the sparkling waters of the San Diego Bay, the Silver Strand State Beach is a great place to spend a fun day of fishing or picnicking with the family. The site also offers space for RVs to set up camp.
Experience the calmness of the water at the Chula Vista Marina. Tucked away in the picturesque South Bay, the marina offers pleasures of boating and enjoying spectacular sunsets by the waters. The marina also features some top-class facilities like pool, waterfront restaurant, fitness center and restrooms.