World-class athletic facilities, scenic bike paths and inspired dining make
San Diego’s South Bay a prime destination for outdoor adventures, exciting
entertainment and memorable meals, all just a short drive from downtown.
Four miles of walking trails lead
visitors through the breeding,
feeding and nesting ground
for 370 species of migratory
and native birds (including six
301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach
HOTEL DEL CORONADO
This legendary Victorian hotel
has several seaside dining spots.
Get a muddled mint mojito and
pork belly tacos at the beachside
Sun Deck Bar & Grill, a four-course tasting menu at the
white-tablecloth 1500 Ocean or
a lavish Sunday brunch at the
1500 Orange Ave., Coronado
Wizard of Oz
Bistro is a tapas gem owned
by celebrity chef Javier
Plascencia (4346 Bonita
Road, Bonita). Go to Tacos El
Gordo for authentic Tijuana-style tacos (689 H St., Chula
Vista) or post up on the patio
at Sea180 Coastal Tavern at
Pier South Resort for dinner
and drinks with an ocean
view (800 Seacoast Drive,
Try the Mermaid’s Red ale at
Company or a
flight of five
Drive, Imperial Beach).
Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge
is a local staple for people
watching and happy hour
(1015 Orange Ave., Coronado).
Machete Beer House has 30
craft beers on tap from both
sides of the border (2325
Highland Ave., National City).
Explore the beach bordering
Tijuana on horseback with
San Diego Beach Rides (2606
Hollister St., Tijuana River
Valley). The whole family can
see owls, sharks and turtles
up close at the Living Coast
Discovery Center (1000
Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula
Vista), or go on a guided
tour of the 70-acre Suzie’s
Farm and leave with a bag of
organic produce (2570 Sunset
Ave., Imperial Beach).
THE GONDOLA COMPANY
Enjoy a sunset serenade from a gondolier on
board a traditional Venetian-style boat while
gliding through the canals of Coronado
Cays, an affluent waterfront neighborhood.
Bring along a favorite bottle—they’ll supply
the ice bucket, glasses and good times.
Tours from 11 a.m. till midnight.
503 Grand Caribe Causeway, Suite C
U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER
One of three in the country, this 155-acre
facility is dedicated to developing the
performance of America’s future Olympic
and Paralympic athletes. It hosts soccer
fields, sand volleyball courts and BMX
tracks. Free tours, too.
2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista
There are plenty of photo ops at this small
park near the Coronado Ferry Landing:
sweeping views of downtown San Diego, the
bay and a lovely rose garden.
Orange Ave. and First St., Coronado
Take a two-hour “Tour de Coronado” past
Glorietta Bay and the naval amphibious
base with Bike & Kayak Tours. Advanced
cyclists will want to trek the 24-mile Bayshore
Bikeway that loops around San Diego Bay.
Stop at Bikeway Village, the new cycling pit
stop with a café, deck and repair shop.
1201 First St., Suite 215, Coronado;
2158 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla