The South Bay Coastal area lies a ways to the south of the Downtown area. That said, it’s not too far away at about a 20-minute drive to Chula Vista, so you can easily visit both locations on the same day. South Bay is about 10 miles south of the San Diego International Airport as well.
The drive is well worth it for access to the beaches here. They’re the perfect place to stretch out on the sand and relax. You can also visit the Imperial Beach Outdoor Surf Museum for a look at how surfboard designs have changed throughout the years, or rent a surfboard of your own and experience San Diego surfing culture first-hand.
The Living Coast Discovery Center is another great attraction, which offers educational aquarium exhibits. If you’re looking to rent some surfing gear or stop at the nearby attractions, don’t forget your Go San Diego pass, which gives you access to discounted rates. You can reduce the cost of your trip even more when you buy a pass through our website due to our exclusive partnership with Go San Diego.
Looking to stay in South Bay? Try the Pier South Resort in Imperial Beach, a waterfront hotel that’s great for families and offers amenities including pool and beach access, a fitness center, WiFi, and the D'ames Day Spa.
You can also check into one of our other top picks for the Best Luxury Hotels in San Diego if you’re looking to take your vacation to the next level.