Outdoor Recreation and Attractions Chula Vista

Fun in the Sun: Chula Vista Edition

Calling all Nature Lovers. Boasting over 60 parks and nearly 560 acres of park land, Chula Vista is a wellspring of opportunity for those who like spending their days exploring the great outdoors. No matter if you’re a hiker, a biker, a surfer, or just an avid outdoor shopper, there are plenty of ways to have fun in the South San Diego sun.

Otay Lakes
Explore miles and miles of beautiful lakeside trails only 10 minutes from Cota Vera. The views are breathtaking and the opportunity for connection is endless. Watch the Olympic rowers train for their next big match. Take a family jog along the scenic trails. Or bond over your first big catch of the season. Click here to learn more about boat rentals, fishing permits and everything else waiting for you at this lakeside wonderland.

Otay Lake Fishing and Boating

Imperial Beach
Consider yourself more of a saltwater fish? Just a few miles west you’ll find the soft sands and rockin’ waves of Imperial Beach. Popular for both surf and soaking in some rays, this is the perfect place for a family beach day. Boogie boards, beach games, warm breezes and cool drinks—now that’s our idea of a perfect day.

Surf and sun at Imperial Beach

Otay River Valley
200-acres of unbridled freedom. Otay River Valley is a massive park featuring 8 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trials amid salt ponds and rolling hills. The Otay River Valley Trail is ideal for all skill levels. It’s dog friendly and family friendly which means it’s a very popular spot to get those steps in. If you’re looking for a more reflective, be alone with your thoughts, kind of hike, try getting there at sunrise to avoid the crowds.

Hiking and biking in Otay Valley

Sun Outdoors
Glamping at its finest. Located in Chula Vista, Sun Outdoors is South San Diego’s premiere RV and cabin rental destination. Enjoy upscale vacation rentals right on the water. Perfect for a family reunion with out-of-town guests or even a little impromptu staycation. The amenities on the property are absolutely next level. We’re talking food trucks, resort style pool with cabanas, poolside movie screens, an arcade, a sky deck and so much more. Click here to get all the details.

Sun Outdoors RV and Cabin Rentals

Rock House Trail
The hike your Instagram has been waiting for. Rock House Trail is a very popular 5.5 mile hike only a few minutes from Cota Vera. Once you reach the top, bask in a stunning view of the entirety of San Diego as well as Mexico. Don’t forget to snag a few selfies with the American flag waiting for you at the end, it’s the patriotic thing to do.

Hiking Rock House Trail

Otay Ranch Town Center
Now, if your idea of hiking is walking around a buzzing outdoor retail space filled with options, consider Otay Ranch Town Center your peak destination. Spend a Tuesday evening perusing the Farmers Market for fresh produce and unique gifts. Test your strength by seeing how many shopping bags you can hold on one arm as you explore the vast outdoor shopping opportunities. And refuel at casual dining options like The Kabob Shop and Blaze Pizza as well as dine-in options like Cheesecake Factory, Buffalo Wild Wings and Sushiya.

Shopping and dining at Otay Ranch Town Center

There is so much to love about the abundance of activities waiting to be explored in Chula Vista. Follow us on social to hear more about what a life in South San Diego can bring you.

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