Huge waterslides for all ages and nerve levels! A great way to cool off on a hot summer day. Discount coupons can be found at grocery stores and in the pamplet sections of your hotel/motel lobby.Though this is a wonderful idea, the park has undergone name changes and owner changes since it's first opening. At present Knotts, of Knotts Berry Farm...more
Coors Amphitheatre (aka House of Blues.com) NOW known as, "Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre" is an outdoor performing arts theatre located in Chula Vista and serves the Greater San Diego area.Update:Again the name has changed. This venue is now called, Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Nothing else has changed, except the web address. Half of the seating...more
You might think this should be placed in the Restaurant section or even added to the La Bella Pizza Garden tip. I'm putting it in, "Things To Do" because those who travel with kids, especially teens, this would help deplete that extra energy kids seem to have while traveling and it would be a fun thing for them to do.There are more than fifteen...more
Though Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County, it still has that small community feel, even in the downtown section. Most buildings are one or two stories tall and very few buildings have more than five floors--in fact there is only one building in Chula Vista that I can think of that has more than five floors. The Chula Vista...more
The aptly named amusement park is actually fun for all ages and interests. It began as a "go-cart" track with a few arcade games and has grown--though still of humble size--into more.The games in the arcade have multiplied and been upgraded. The go-cart track is still fun for kids who can't drive real cars yet and even for parents wanting to relive...more
During the summer, the city of Chula Vista offers a "Concerts in the Park" program every Sunday afternoon and it is free! Memorial Park is located centerally in the downtown area and besides the small, Memorial Bowl Amphitheater there is a recreation center, a kiddie play area, a gymnasium and an olympic sized public pool.Stop at the Chula Vista...more
This is no longer the Bay Breeze Inn and Suites, it is now the Hercor Hotel : Urban Boutique. The...more
150 Bonita Road, Chula Vista, California, 91910, United States
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632 E Street, Chula Vista, California, 91910, United States
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Filippis and I have a history. I managed this restaurant and worked there for twenty-three years. My son's grew up thinking of Filippis as their second home, had their first jobs at Filippis and almost all our family birthdays were celebrated there. All that, just to say that Filippis Pizza Grotto Chula Vista is a large, yet cozy, neighborhood,...more
Who could resist entering a restaurant so invitingly named? "Venga! Venga!" ("Come! Come!") It's only been open for a couple of months so I didn't see it the last time I went to Otay Ranch Town Center.The décor was Mexican Cowboy Rustic. Really simplistic, but it still offered a warm and comfortable feel even though the day was cool and drizzly...more
This is a place you'll either love or hate. That's how it seems from the comments I've gotten. This is a Rock en Espanol Rock Club/Dance Club. The music is mixed-up, though some nights there is some sort of theme. They hold concerts, have contests sometimes live music, sometimes a DJ, and who knows what all. They have a strict dress code so...more
This is a good, casual and comfortable restaurant during the day and at the end of the week, by night it becomes a music and dance club. The music played here ranges from Country to Rock & Roll. Most of the time the bands are local and pretty good. I'm not sure how late it goes on because I've never stayed till closing time. The restaurant usually...more
There are a few places around the downtown area that offer a fun evening. One dancing venue that I can think of in Chula Vista is Spin City Lounge. There is another north of E Street on Broadway, but I can't remember the name.Spin City Lounge is much smaller but lots of people like it's friendly atmosphere. I personally have only been there once...more
Never, never park your car on places for handicapped unless you are entitled. This is: 1. forbidden by law. 2. ticketed (is it correct in English?) of as I remember $381. Why not, say, $400? Never mind, it hurts. 3. socially unacceptable. Hmmm... what a nice difference with my own homecountry. Shame on Poland, hmmm... I do hope it will improve in...more
One way of getting to Chula Vista is by sail boat, or speed boat. The J Street Marina has a great little marina to park your sail boat and a boat ramp for loading and unloading your speed boat. If you don't own any kind of boat, rent one and sail around the San Diego Bay it's a spectacular way to see the surrounding cities.However, if you do own...more
This place has everything you need: Food - fresh fruit, snacks, beverages, etc Photo Dept - great prices on printing Vision Center - Eye exams at a great prices, offering discount contact lenses and glasses Supplies - Camping, kitchen, and beauty supplies, all at the cheapest prices in town Everything is here - even flu shots ! Budget shoppingmore
In need of a watch battery we started our search in the "down town" section of Chula Vista. As we are new to the area this seemed to be the logical place. Third Street seems to be the main "downtown area" and it appears to be a bit haggard but under reconstruction.The shop we were looking for was closed but across the street was M&M Jewelers and...more
Housed in the "Showroom Place" area of the Eastlake section of Chula Vista this home furnishings store has quite a large showroom. They carry pretty much anything you could want to furnish a home at "discount" prices. They are willing to negotiate on volume however you MUST be quite careful about your selection.Moving into a new home and leaving my...more
It seems that they sign routes for trucks quite different than in most European countries. Enlarge my picture: they just put a sign with TRUCK ROUTE written. In most of Europe (I think) we write: TRANSIT + eventually put a small truck picture by it (depends on a country). Generally they often write warnings surely in English on their traffic...more
Look at my picture. Shopping carts look quite the same as I used to see around Europe (with a place for your kid - if you have a small one :-). But there is one difference at least with my homecountry: American carts don't have locks and I liked it much :-))). In my homecountry all shopping carts by supermarkets are locked: you must put a small...more
Living Coast Discovery Center The second picture, taken off the web-site, shows the Nature Center building and part of the marsh area. Those who are interested in nature and conservation will enjoy this small section of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Set at the west end of "E" Street is a parking lot. Parking is free, a CV Bus will...more
For it's size, (Population 230,000) Chula Vista is a low crime rate area. Most people drive rationally, and the police are pretty nice. In the second photo you'll see a few of my students in conversation with a couple of police officers--friends of mine-- who came to speak to their class. I arranged for one of the boys to be 'arrested,' as a...more
This is my hometown. I'am very fortunate to have grown up here and I can attest to the fact that this is a low-crime area, but as much as this place beams with sunshine, it too has its bad areas.One place you'll want to avoid is the area downtown at the H Street transit station. It gets very dark here at night and not too many police patrol here...more
65 Reviews and Opinions
There are no tourist traps in Chula Vista, which is not really a tourist town.
Downtown on Third Avenue you'll see theVogue Theater, an old fashion community movie house complete with ushers--Rachel Welch's mother used to usher here some thirty five years ago! On Saturday's the Vogue offers Kiddy Matinees, just like the old days.
Another unique quality is that the night time price is $3.75 for regular seats and $ 4.25 for the high back seats! Of course, the movies offered have been out for a while. Still, it's a good deal for those on a budget.
Unfortuanately, The Vogue closed it's doors (2006) and though there have been rumors of someone purchashing it and re-opening it as a theater, to this day, (2012) it still sits vacant. I guess that is sort of a tourist trap.
However, let this not deter you.
Unique Suggestions: There is another movie theater in Chula Vista, the Regal. It is located out towards East Lake off "H" Street. It is the "multi-plex" type and shows all the newest films out and the seats are luxurious, only problem is the price for everything is really high.
Fun Alternatives: Update:
It is now 2013 and thought there was talk of the Vogue building reopening as a movie theater, it hasn't happened. The building still stands at 226 3rd Avenue in downtown Chula Vista, but there is nothing in the building.
In the meantime, another movie theater offers a great deal for a movie. $3.50 day time and $4.00 after 5 pm. It is called the Ultra Star Plus and I guess I'd say the Plus is the Trap. The movies are not first runs. They have been out for a while and are no longer shown in the main stream movie houses. At Ultra Star they call it "The Second Chance" to see a film as it is meant to be seen, on the big screen. The seats are high back and comfortable, unless you get a broken one, then just change seats. So, for about $10.00 you can have a movie, all you can eat & drink popcorn and soda and a hotdog!
The Ultra Star Plus is located at the I Street side of the Chula Vista Center off Broadway.
This is how the building looks at the nature center. There is an educational museum inside. Hiking tours for bird watching are held on Wednesdays and weekends at 2:00 pm. Behind the center is an aviary where you can walk inside an enclosure with a variety of local birds.more
While staying in Chula Vista the nearest beach is located in Imperial Beach which is a little over four miles southwest. I.B. is a surfing and swimming beach with a small beachside collection of restaurants and motels. Actually, I'd say it's a bare and basic beach. Not really a stunning place but offers a great history of California surfing and it...more
This may look like two snow peaks, and on occasion commercial crews, requiring a snowy atmosphere, will film here, but actually it is salt! The "Western Salt"' mines of Chula Vista. At the south end of the bay there are huge tanks containing sea water which evaporates, leaving the salt. It is mined once or twice a year, December and June. Though...more
There are two lakes located at the far east end of Chula Vista, the upper Otay Lakes Reservoir and the lower Otay Lakes Reservoir. Though the Otay Lakes are located in the City of Chula Vista, they are also under the authority of the City of Chula Vista, The City of San Diego and the County of San Diego all as part of the Otay Valley Regional Park....more
Tour the USA Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista for an interesting view of this global event.The Facility was opened in 1985 and is ever evolving. There are two types of tours. A guided tour, which the guide may be one of the Athletes living on campus or a Self-Guided tour which you can follow at your own pace.The tour takes you through the...more
Paddle Boarding is a fun way of exploring parts of the Bay around the J Street Marina. This is for those not yet ready to surf, just rent the board, like a surf board with a tacky center section so the person is less likely to slip or fall and a paddle for moving forward and controlling direction.This is relatively new to the Marina and I haven't...more
A surprise from the DMV on my "new" car required me to find a place that did smog inspections. The closest I found was a 76 station about 5 miles from my home. Upon presenting my paperwork which I questioned, the person at the desk questioned it too.Then to my surprise he said, I could do the smog but I don't think you need it. There is something...more
Chula Vista is not a place most people think of when planning a vacation, unless they have family or friends living here, but people who live here can have a "vacation" everyday without leaving their own town. Which also implies that a tourist can have a relaxing holiday in Chula Vista if they are not craving crowds. One of my favorite places in...more