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Otay Mesa is a community in the southern section of the city of San Diego, just north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Otay is derived from the Kumeyaay language. Although its meaning is disputed, possible derivations include “otai”, meaning “brushy”; “Tou-ti” meaning “big mountain”; or “etaay” meaning “big”. Mesa is the Spanish word for plateau, table or tableland.

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The Kumeyaay Tour Of The South Bay

When Father Junipero Serra walked through Goat Canyon in 1769, he encountered many Native American villages. Richard Carrico confirms that at least three Kumeyaay village–the Chiaps, the Melijo and a village around San Ysidro–existed in the South Bay before the Spanish Expedition. Today, you can’t find any Kumeyaay villages in the South Bay. Their artifacts […]


Mexican Markets

Foodie tourism should be a draw to the South Bay, where the Mexican markets are absolutely fun to roam. I’ve already talked about some of the delights in National City along Highland Avenue. Today, I go down a little further south to Otay Mesa, Chula Vista and San Ysidro. Otay Farms People on Yelp call it a […]

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk

This week I covered our local hero, John J. Montgomery, who manned the first controlled flight in 1883. Montgomery, however, didn’t get much credit. Instead, the first flight is usually attributed to the Wright Brothers who flew their engine propelled craft 19 years later in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The finest details about the South Bay’s […]


John J. Montgomery’s first flight in Otay Mesa

Slow travel at its best:  You’ll find the grassy hill at Montgomery Waller Community Park Recreation Center where you can see the skyline of Tijuana or linger at the playground. It’s a great place to take the kids and also, this mesa was once home to the Kumeyaay who preferred to live on hilltops, further away from the flood […]

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