Go horseback riding on the beach or frolic
through the flower-filled Tijuana River Valley with
Happy Trails. Sunset rides are also available.
2225 Hollister St., Imperial Beach
SILVER STRAND BIKEWAY
Ride the 24-mile route from the Coronado Ferry
Landing to Imperial Beach, through Chula Vista
and back downtown with scenic views and several
photo ops along the way.
MACHETE BEER HOUSE
Thirty handles of craft brews from both sides
of the border (and beyond) are poured at
this friendly neighborhood bar with a relaxed,
2325 Highland Ave., National City
Four miles of walking trails lead visitors through
the breeding, feeding and nesting ground for
370 species of migratory and native birds
(including six endangered species).
301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach
U.S. OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER
One of three in the country, this 155-acre facility
in Chula Vista is dedicated to the development
and 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
TACOS EL GORDO
Get a taste of authentic
Tijuana-style tacos without
crossing the border at this
TJ-born taco shop. Try
familiar flavors, like carne
asada, or branch out to
something more exciting
like lengua (beef tongue)
or tripa (tripe).
689 H St., Chula Vista and
3265 Palm Ave., Otay Mesa
ROMESCO MEXITERRANEAN BISTRO
Javier Plascencia, chef and owner of Bracero
and Misión 19, serves as executive chef of this
tapas gem tucked away in Bonita. On Sundays,
enjoy happy hour pricing and a discounted
menu in the bar all day long.
4346 Bonita Road, Bonita
World-class athletic facilities, scenic bike paths and inspired
dining make San Diego’s South Bay a prime destination for
exciting outdoor adventures, endless entertainment and
memorable meals, all just a short drive from downtown.
Entertaining tableside chefs
prepare teppanyaki dishes
like sesame chicken, mango
salmon and Wagyu strip loin
right before your eyes at this
bustling new restaurant.
Specialty sushi rolls and
a comprehensive sake list
round out the menu.
126 Orange Ave.
Sun Deck Bar & Grill
Stop by the Hotel del
dining and drinking venue
for tropical drinks, spicy
shrimp ceviche and pork
belly tacos. Bring your
pooch for “Yappy Hour”
(Sundays from 4 to 5
p.m.), when dogs are
treated to complimentary
1500 Orange Ave.
Stake Chophouse & Bar
This modern, second-story
steakhouse features a wide
variety of small plates, salads,
soups, chilled seafood and
share-friendly steaks that
give diners the opportunity to
taste several different dishes
in one visit. If you’re looking
to go all-out, try the Stake
Experience, a five-course,
customized tasting by
Executive Chef Tim Kolanko
with optional wine pairings
($140 per person; wine
1309 Orange Ave.