Quality Inn & Suites Near The Border
930 W. San Ysidro Boulevard
San Ysidro, CA 92173
Phone: (619) 690-2633
Fax: (619) 690-1360
Located just outside of San Diego in the city of Imperial Beach is the beach that annually plays host to the U.S Open Sand Castle Building Contest. This popular event attracts tourists from around the world and is always a marvel to see. The promenade is lined with grassy areas, recreational activities, cafes, restaurants, beach clubs and more. During summers, university kids on vacation flock here to indulge in water sports, diving, surfing and fishing.
The best place to get wet and wild is at this 32-acre water park with something for everyone. From the gentle motion of the relaxing "Sunset River," to the tots' delights at the "Tykes Trough" and "Dick's Beach House" to the full-tilt excitement of plunging over the edge of the "Solana Storm Watch Tower," this theme park has appropriate rides for people of all thrill-seeking levels. Several restaurants and gift shops are also on hand making it a perfect summertime day of fun for the whole family.
"Considered to be a very unique part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System," Tijuana Estuary is a small intertidal coastal estuary on the international border between California and Mexico that is primarily a shallow water habitat. One of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California where over 90% of wetland habitat has been lost to development, the Tijuana River Estuary is "an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground and key stopover point on the Pacific Flyway for over 370 species of migratory and native birds, including six endangered species." Tijuana Estuary offers four miles of walking trails. Border Field State Park is located in the southwestern corner of the Reserve on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
Constructed by Frank Kimball in 1887 for $30,000, these 10 individual row houses were to be used by the executives of the Santa Fe Railroad. With 12-inch thick interlocking brick walls dividing them, each apartment has a formal dining room with fireplace, kitchen, parlor with fireplace, butler's pantry and four upstairs bedrooms. Now an important part of National City's Heritage Square, each of the 10 units is privately owned and maintained.
A full service marina that offers a variety of amenities on site, including 353 single slips, private restrooms and showers, gated parking, a yacht club, exercise room, and a barbecue area.
Nestled in San Diego's beautiful South Bay, this full service, first-class marina provides 552 boat slips and modern concrete docks with private dock boxes that can accommodate a variety of vessels.
Agua Caliente in Tijuana is a historically rich tourist complex which has grown to be one of the most prominent entertainment centers in the city. There are few landmarks that are noteworthy such as the Agua Caliente Race Track where greyhound races have replaced horse racing. This complex also has several shopping centers, beautiful hotels and the city's only golf course.
Chula Vista has been named one of the best places in the United States to raise a family. The area has plenty of open space to the east and an undeveloped bayside waterfront to the west. No wonder the visitor information center wants to get the word out on this prosperous community dominating the South Bay region. Stop by for pamphlets, maps, event information and general insights into this up-and-coming community.
Located on the Sweetwater Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Living Coast Discovery Center is dedicated to teaching kids and adults about Southern California's wildlife. You'll be amazed at their aquarium, which contains Leopard sharks, stingrays, and Moray eels. Enjoy some bird watching or check out the reptile residents of this institution!
A 15-minute drive south will take you to one of the few remaining salt-marsh habitats on the Pacific coast. At the Chula Vista Nature Center, families can take guided nature walks while observing hundreds of species of birds in their natural surroundings. Afterwards, stop by the petting tank for an up close look at sharks, bat rays, and jellyfish. Let your children experience the wonders and joys of nature safely at this great center. Check their website for current rate information.
Kidville parties are legendary and hassle-free. See why Kidville is one of the most popular places for birthday parties in Chula Vista. They also offer a wide range of creative classes for babies, toddlers, and kids up to six-years old; all developed by their team of early childhood development specialists. Choose from classes in music & dance, gym, art, enrichment, and much more. Shop around at the Kidville Boutique where they carry unique toys and the coolest fashions for kids.
"The only original transcontinental railroad terminus in the United States that is still standing," the restored Santa Fe Rail Depot serves as a railroad museum and community meeting place.