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Discover & Explore Our Border Culture

There's lots to see & do when discovering the Border Culture of the South Bay, San Diego. Defined as the region just below downtown San Diego to the U.S.-Mexico border, enjoy the many unique places and people. Here are just a few quick tours you can enjoy in a day, but peruse this website to find much, much more.

Gangster History Fun:

  • Start at 159 Hall Avenue, which used to be the heart of a utopian commune called Little Landers. After the flood washed out their homes, the street was rebuilt and Frank Beyer, the border baron, lived here. He drank a bottle of whiskey a day and insisted that the library house a racy Hustler-type magazine called The Police Gazzette.
  • From there, drive to Las Americas and shop till you drop. It's an Outlet Mall, so you'll get amazing deals.
  • Drive by Rita Hayworth's old house in Chula Vista. (Stay tune for that post.)
  • Lastly, drive up to National City and eat dinner with the former gangsters at Cafe La Maze. This is where all the movie stars used to come to drink & gamble in the olden days.

Family Day:

  • Start at the Family Pancake House in Chula Vista for breakfast. This establishment has been around for over 30 years!
  • Next, head to the Living Coast Discovery Center to see the sharks, turtles and exotic birds.
  • From there, drive on over to the insanely entertaining National City Swap Meet. This place has crazy good prices, is filled with wares and is fun to roam.
  • End your day along Taco Strip, located along Highland Avenue. Drive down like a low-rider until you find the taco shop that suits you. There are tons of them and all are excellent.

Beach Days?

  • If you want to visit a beach that has fewer tourists and more to see, choose Border Field State Park. Most likely, you'll have to park your car at the bottom and walk through the wetlands, then towards the wall. Once you get to the picnic area, you'll see Friendship Park.
  • From there, you can check out the Lama along Monument Road.

Upscale Fun

  • Go golfing at the Bonita Golf Club.
  • When you're done, you can head on to the "Slow Travel" exhibit at the Bonita-Sunnyside Art Gallery.
  • After that, make reservations to eat at high-end Romesco, voted the best restaurant in the county for two years in a row.

Weird Otay

  • If you are into flight, check out the John J. Montgomery monument, located where a Kumeyaay village used to exist.
  • Next, head over to Otay Farms for a little something to eat.
  • After that, get out your bicycle and ride through Otay Lakes County Park, which takes you on a singular urban experience that ends at the Olympic Stadium.

Think that's all? Surf this website to find out more. Also check out:

15 Things To Do With Kids In South Bay, San Diego

Top 10 Places To Eat In The South Bay

Top 5 Dive Bars In The South Bay



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