While its name means "beautiful view" in Spanish, Chula Vista, CA offers families an equal amount of fun activity and pretty scenery.
One of the biggest attractions for families is Chula Vista's proximity to the San Diego Bay, where beaches and marinas offer residents plenty of water activities. One popular destination is the California Yacht Marina, which has 335 boat slips, restaurants, and an RV park for campers. Those hoping to enjoy the waterfront should also make a trip to the Chula Vista Nature Centers. Kids can gaze into a shark tank, visit aviaries with hawks and owls, and learn about the ecology of the San Diego Bay area.
Chula Vista also has a spot on the national radar with its U.S. Olympic Training Center, where American Olympic teams for archery, soccer, field hockey, and track and field come to prepare themselves for the summer games. You'll have to take a guided tour of the enormous facility, and shop at the Spirit store for Olympic souvenirs and memorabilia.
Chula Vista was one of the largest lemon-producers in the world near the turn of the century, but World War II changed its industry and commerce forever. The Rohr Aircraft Corporation relocated to Chula Vista during the war, bringing thousands of factory workers and military personnel to the area. The population boomed, and today, residents of Chula Vista can enjoy the size and energy of the second-largest city in San Diego County.