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Chula Vista, CA (Population: 225,000)

Chula Vista, with a population of 225,000, is the second largest city in San Diego County. The city is located seven miles south of downtown San Diego and seven miles north of the world’s busiest international border crossing. Because of its location, Chula Vista is at the crossroads of the region. The city is made up of master planned communities that stretch all the way to the scenic bay front along the coast and up to majestic San Miguel Mountain in the east. One of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Chula Vista is known for its residential design and environmental innovation. The city is currently the object of three major changes: redevelopment in the urban core, construction of a world-class bayfront, and the implementation of a plan to build a four-year regional university.

Chula Vista’s notable features include the nation’s only warm weather, year round, multi-sport U.S. Olympic Training Center; the Chula Vista Nature Center/Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge; the Coors Amphitheater, a well-known concert venue; and Knott’s Soak City, a popular theme water park. Another spectacular attraction is the scenic harbor, which offers gorgeous views and easy access to southern San Diego Bay. The harbor houses two marinas, an RV park, and several restaurants. It is also home to the Chula Vista Yacht Club and two waterfront parks. There are plenty of possibilities for recreation at the harbor, some of which are sport fishing, sight-seeing and whale-watching. For golf lovers, Chula Vista is home to four beautiful, but challenging golf courses: Salt Creek Golf Course, Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course, EastLake Country Club, and San Diego Country Club.

Visitors and residents of Chula Vista enjoy a seemingly endless array of dining and shopping opportunities. The city’s location allows for a multitude of dining and shopping options both in nearby San Diego and Tijuana. Chula Vista itself, however, has plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets. Shops include everything from the large Chula Vista Center, to historic Third Avenue, and numerous other retail sites dotting the city. Local dining favorites, such as Anthony's Fish Grotto, D'Lish, Galley at the Marina, and South Bay Fish & Grill are sure to whet any appetite.