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Chula Vista is quickly developing its own strong identity as a tourist destination. There are the more obvious attractions—Aquatica by SeaWorld, San Diego’s largest water park; pop megastar concerts at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre; and numerous eateries serving up the most authentic Mexican food you’ll find north of the border.

But there’s a subtler side to Chula Vista, one that begins to reveal a diverse and dynamic town that embraces its natural resources, cultural influences and forward-thinking spirit. With its 560 acres of parkland, which stretches from the San Diego Bay to the shores of Lower Otay Lake in the rural east, Chula Vista is an ideal spot for all types of outdoors excursions. An exploration of this open-space oasis illustrates why the Spanish translation of Chula Vista is ‘beautiful view’.