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Chula Vista Couple Sitting in Sand Beach

Explore Nature on the Chula Vista Bayfront

What better time than now to spend some quality time outdoors? The Chula Vista Bayfront features incredible views of the bay, sea breezes and a serene atmosphere. Parks, waterfront dining and water sports rentals are open for business – making it the perfect place for a day trip. Whether you’re scarfing down a burger overlooking the yacht harbor, renting a canoe for a paddle-out or just soaking up the fresh air, you’re sure to have a memorable visit. 

National City PaddleBoard

Chula Vista Water Sports offers advance reservations for rental gear and equipment from stand-up paddle boards to kayaks. Adventurous bayfront visitors can paddle through waters, where they’ll see a variety of local wildlife. If it’s your first time paddling the bay, treat yourself by booking a tour of this wondrous natural resource. 


Chula Vista Kayak will introduce you to the pleasures of kayaking at the Chula Vista Bayfront – an experience unlike other areas of San Diego County. Serene and largely untouched by teams of tourists, this natural paradise is even better with an experienced guide to teach you about the wildlife of adjacent nature reserves. Be sure to book your reservation in advance. 

a couple paddles kayaks on the San Diego Bay
Galley at the Marina_Chula Vista

Galley at the Marina is the perfect place to dine al fresco with a view of swaying palm trees, yachts, and the 12-foot wind harp sculpture by Ross Barrable. If you miss live music and the chance to sing along to your favorite songs, stop by this South Bay favorite known for great entertainment and an open-air patio. Overlook the scenic bay in Chula Vista with a casual atmosphere, great food any day of the week, and live music on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. From fish tacos, burgers and fries, to steak dinners, their menu offers it all, and the portions are plentiful!

The Port’s Chula Vista Art Walking Tour spans approximately 1.4 miles and features six unique artworks, from Stephen Fairfield’s “The Fisherman” – a sculpture of a waterfowl with a fish in its beak – to Michael Leaf’s “Powering the Arts,” built from remnants of the former power plant that once stood at the water’s edge. Share your adventure on social media @PortofSanDiego.

A sculpture of a bird made out of metal overlooks the Chula Vista Marina
Bench on grass overlooking water at Chula Vista Bayside Park at the Port of San Diego

Chula Vista Bayside Park, one of three parks on the Chula Vista Bayfront, is also its longest – a swath of gorgeous coastline dotted with public artworks running north to south, perfect for a leisurely bike ride. At its south end, it culminates in a public fishing pier abutting the yacht harbor. Enjoy the shade under plentiful coral trees and marvel at the 180-degree views stretching all the way to Downtown San Diego and across the bay to Coronado. 

Chula Vista Bayside Park

Living Coast Discovery Center is a nonprofit zoo and aquarium that cares for endangered sea turtles, eagles, sharks, owls and more and inspires the community to connect with our coastal environment. Open Wednesday through Sunday, this unique adventure offers private tours, animal encouters, and learning experiences you can only get in Chula Vista.

Living Coast Sea turtle under water