Nearby Areas

During your visit to San Diego, it's fun to explore the other nearby regions. Some are known for their unique charms, while others have a distinct local flavor. Chula Vista, for instance, is a perfect stop to explore beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and mountain ranges, as well as museums and libraries. Then there’s Lemon Grove, located on coastal mesas at an elevation of 280 to 530 feet above sea level. It’s known as the city with the "Best Climate on Earth." Also, check out La Mesa, a great outdoor destination with many amenities and attractions. 

Explore Chula Vista

Chula Vista, the second-largest city in the metropolitan area after San Diego, has a diverse ecosystem and is a good place to learn about the marine environment with families and children. The Living Coast Discovery Center offers more than 350 animal and plant species to explore. This area is ideal for families to spend an afternoon or evening learning about San Diego Bay wildlife. The city also offers a variety of cultural experiences. For example, the Chula Vista Heritage Museum features exhibits of its rich history. including special exhibits of its lemon-packing industry.

Reasons to Visit Lemon Grove

From catching a dolphin-watching tour to walking the scenic stretches of parkland, this quaint community has something for everyone. This small city, with a population of nearly 27,627, is another great place to stay during your trip to San Diego. It allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life, even temporarily. Its small-town charm is apparent in many ways, and it gets its name from the burst of citrus growing in the 1900s. The city pays homage to its historic past with the Big Lemon monument.

Travel to La Mesa

Outdoor enthusiasts will find a variety of activities and attractions in the community. Lake Murray Reservoir is one of the most popular attractions, where you can go fishing or rent a small boat to cruise the lake at sunrise or sunset. There are several nice shopping malls in the area, including Mesa Plaza. La Mesa's Mediterranean climate makes it perfect for outdoor activities. The area puts on seasonal festivities and has a quaint downtown area that's perfect for a quiet day away. You can attend the theater, hike in the park, or get your drink on at a local brewery. It's a relatively small area but jam-packed with something for everyone.