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An aerial view of the Chula Vista Bayfront looking east

Chula Vista Bayfront Project

The Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista are transforming a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront of San Diego Bay. The project will create new public parks, protect natural coastal resources, provide conference and visitor-serving amenities, and build an important asset for the San Diego region, the South Bay, Chula Vista residents and coastal visitors.

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Current Projects

  • Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay RV Resort

    Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay RV Resort

    Now Open!

    Located at E Street and Bay Boulevard, this RV resort includes a mix of 197 RV sites and 49 vacation cottage rentals with a variety of upscale resort amenities including an onside café and bar, indoor/outdoor gym, arcade, welcome center and pool with panoramic views of San Diego Bay. Visitors can also enjoy the Chula Vista Bayfront’s Sweetwater Marsh and the Living Coast Discovery Center right next door, plus nearby marinas, bayfront parks, and more.

    As part of the project, Sun Communities also made offsite public improvements including extending and making traffic enhancements along E Street, upgrades to the future F Street, utilities, grading on adjacent parcels, and the realignment of Gunpowder Point Drive to allow continued access to the Living Coast Discovery Center.

    Learn more at sunrvresorts.com/sun-outdoors-san-diego-bay/

  • Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade

    Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade

    Now Open!

    Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade (Sweetwater Path) is a new multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path that connects Bayside Park and other Harbor District amenities to Sweetwater Marsh, the Living Coast Discovery Center and the new RV resort in the northern area of the Chula Vista Bayfront. Funded by an Urban Greening Grant from the California Natural Resources Agency, Sweetwater Path provides public recreation while protecting the environment and natural resources, is the first phase of a continuous bike and pedestrian path between the northern and southern ends of the Chula Vista Bayfront, and is an important connection to the existing Bayshore Bikeway. The Urban Greening Grant is funded through the California Climate Investments Program. Sweetwater Path supports the Port’s goals of creating a vibrant waterfront destination on the Chula Vista Bayfront and a safe and healthy place for all to visit, work and play.

    The path's primary features include a truss pedestrian bridge spanning the F & G Street Marsh inlet; benches and overlook areas for optimal views of San Diego Bay; native trees, shrubs and ornamental landscaping; and improvements near the bridge to restore a naturalized channel bed and channel stability while also creating new wetland habitat and increasing resiliency of the wetlands to sea level rise.

  • Gaylord Pacific

    Gaylord Pacific

    The Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center, to be built by RIDA Chula Vista, LLC, in partnership with the Port and City of Chula Vista will be the centerpiece of and the catalyst project for future development within the Chula Vista bayfront. It will include up to 1,600 hotel rooms, a convention center with four ballrooms, three levels of meeting space and two outdoor meeting and event lawns; public promenades and public amenities; and associated retail and resort-level amenities such as a pool with a lazy river, a spa, and more.

    Anticipated public financing for Gaylord Pacific will include funding for Sweetwater Park, Harbor Park, and other public infrastructure and amenities.

    Early work is anticipated to begin within a year. For construction and trade opportunities, go to mmjvgp.com.

  • Harbor Park

    Harbor Park

    Harbor Park will nearly double the size of the existing Bayside Park and will be developed in  phases. The first phase will focus on northwest shoreline improvements including an enlarged and improved beach; waterside terraced headlands surrounding the beach; a pocket marsh with salt marsh plantings; a portion of the waterfront promenade; a boat launch at the north end for personal watercraft such as kayaks and paddleboards; north and south meadows with paths and picnic tables; formal, multi-use lawns and large public gathering areas at the north and south ends; north promontory providing dramatic views across the bay to the west to downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bridge to the north; pedestrian and bicycle improvements; and more. Construction for the first phase is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2023 and completion is anticipated in early 2024

    Harbor Park, along with the future Sweetwater Park, will account for more than half of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront.

  • Sweetwater Park

    Sweetwater Park

    Sweetwater Park is planned for the northern portion of the Chula Vista Bayfront. Sweetwater Park is meant to be a passive park focusing on the environment and natural resources of the area. Proposed features include meadows and specialty gardens; mounded grasslands; nature playground; picnic area; various pedestrian and bicycle paths – some with paved and others with softer surfaces; sand dunes; and multiple overlooks for bayfront viewing. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2023, and completion anticipated in early 2024.  

    Sweetwater Park, along with the future Harbor Park, will account for more than half of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront. Sweetwater Park will connect visitors with the bayfront’s ecology and provide environmental educational opportunities and family/child-oriented recreational exploration. 

  • Pacifica

    Pacifica

    Pacifica Companies is in the planning stages for a residential, hotel and commercial development to be located on a City of Chula Vista parcel near the marinas. The finished project could include 1,500 condos, the first phase of which would be just under 200 units. There will also be up to 420,000 square feet of commercial space, and a 250-room hotel. ​It’s being designed to be pedestrian friendly incorporating wide public plazas and promenades within the interior and exterior of the community.​

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Timeline

After completing a decade-long planning effort and clearing several regulatory hurdles, the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission on August 9, 2012.

August 2012
August 2012

California Coastal Commission unanimously approves Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

February 2013
February 2013

South Bay Power Plant imploded.

October 2014
October 2014

Port and City of Chula Vista celebrate completion of the H Street extension project.

February 2015
February 2015

Port enters into an exclusive negotiating agreement with RIDA Chula Vista, LLC for a resort hotel and convention center.

May 2016
May 2016

Port adopts a Natural Resource Management Plan.

April 2017
April 2017

Port selects Sun Communities, Inc. & Northgate Resorts LLC to develop and operate the Destination RV Park.

June 2017
June 2017

Port and City of Chula Vista approve a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with RIDA Chula Vista, LLC for the resort hotel and convention center.

April 2018
April 2018

Port approves the Costa Vista RV Resort project by Sun Communities, Inc. and authorizes a Coastal Development Permit, pending satisfaction of certain conditions.

April 2018
April 2018

Port and City of Chula Vista approve a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) between the Port, the City and RIDA Chula Vista, LLC. The DDA sets forth the necessary steps for the parties to authorize the financing of the project and commence construction, ultimately leading to a ground lease and required subleases for development and operations of a world-class hotel and convention center.

September 2018
September 2018

The Port and the City of Chula Vista continue inclusive and open outreach by holding design workshops for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks. The first workshop was held Sept. 27 for a discussion on the community’s preferred uses at both parks.

January 10, 2019
January 10, 2019

The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold second Harbor Park Design Workshop.

March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019

The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold second Sweetwater Park Design Workshop.

September 26, 2019
September 26, 2019

The Port and City of Chula Vista celebrate groundbreaking on the Costa Vista RV Resort and Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade projects.

November 18, 2019
November 18, 2019

The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold the final Design Workshop for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks.

April 14, 2020
April 14, 2020

Port approves Coastal Development Permit for Sweetwater Park.

December 8, 2020
December 8, 2020

Port approves Coastal Development Permit for Harbor Park.

May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021

Port, City and Sun Communities, Inc. celebrate ribbon cutting for the Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade and the Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay RV resort.

Chula Vista Bayfront Map

Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan

The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan is a local and state-approved land use plan by the Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista. The plan envisions:

  • 70 acres of new parks (100 acres total, including existing parks)
  • 120 acres of open space, habitat replacement, wetlands and ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources
  • Shoreline promenade, walking trails and bicycle path network
  • 2,850 total hotel rooms
  • 600,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and marina-support uses
  • 220,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial recreation/marine-related office uses
  • 1,100 – 3,000 space parking facility

The Transformation Begins

In September 2019, the Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista held a groundbreaking celebration for the first two major projects of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan - the Costa Vista RV Resort and the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade. 

At approximately 535 acres, the plan seeks to transform a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront. When complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks and open space, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more. While providing long-awaited, enhanced shoreline recreation and an active, commercial harbor in the South Bay, the Chula Vista Bayfront project will also establish ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources.

Chula Vista Bayfront September 2019 Costa Vista RV Resort & Sweetwater Path Groundbreaking

Regional Economic Engine

$2.8Btotal during construction phases

$2.1Bper year at buildout

10Kconstruction jobs & 20,000 permanent jobs

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