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Shopping, sports, and sunshine – Chula Vista has it all

Chula Vista is a buzzing city based in Southern California’s San Diego metropolitan area, overlooking the emerald-blue waters of the shimmering San Diego Bay, and framed by grassy coastal foothills. There are so many luxurious and unique Chula Vista vacation rentals to choose from – including modern waterfront condos, regal city apartments, and huge family houses – and so many city sights to explore, from museums to sprawling shopping centers. Outdoorsy types will fall in love with Chula Vista too, as it celebrates several Eden-like nature parks and offers plenty of San Diego Bay water sports.

Things to do

Waves and wildlife in Chula Vista

If you’ve booked a Chula Vista vacation rental with the kids, take them to SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark, a family-themed Chula Vista hotspot showcasing aquariums, tumbling waterslides, fountain-studded swimming pools and dolphin shows. If your kids are into animals, take a trip to the Living Coast Discovery Center, an ecological education center based in the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can see native animal life up-close, such as silvery stingrays and enormous sea turtles.


Clothes shopping and parasailing in Chula Vista

Step outside of your paradisal Chula Vista vacation rental, into the honey-bright California sunshine, and head downtown to Chula Vista Center, a vast outdoor shopping mall lined with clothing, cosmetics, and jewelry stores. If shopping’s not your bag, how about a game of golf? Chula Vista is surrounded by sweeping green 18-hole golf courses, some with dazzling views over the sun-struck bay. Serious sports fans can cruise up to the San Diego Bay area, where an array of water sports activities await – from sea fishing and jet skiing to parasailing and simple swimming.


Soaking up the rays in sunny Chula Vista

Chula Vista enjoys a semi-arid climate, with long hot summers and short balmy winters. To truly enjoy all the outdoor activities Chula Vista has to offer, travel between May and October, where daytime temperatures range from the low to high 70s – sizzling and sunny but not unbearably so. Rainfall is also infrequent in these months. If you do book a Chula Vista vacation rental for the winter months – December through March – you’ll still be able to enjoy the city, as daytime temperatures hover around the high 60s. But bear in mind that these months see some slight rainfall.

Natural features

Adventures through the rolling Chula Vista hills

For a bustling city, Chula Vista has a surprising abundance of wilderness and nature. Beyond the small San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the bay’s thin and pristine strands of sandy beachfront, a 25-minute drive east of the city will land you in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge proper. This hilly expanse of scrubland – dotted with oak – is full of rare wildlife, like the San Diego horned lizard and the endangered Bell’s vireo songbird. Nearby, the bayside Otay Valley Regional Park, with its camping sites, hiking trails, and flower meadows is 4 miles south of Chula Vista.

How to get there

How to get to and around Chula Vista

The nearest airport is in Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.), located 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), which is 13 mi (20.9 km) away.

It's easy to get around Chula Vista by catching a ride on the metro at Palomar St Trolley Station, H St Trolley Station or Bayfront - E St. Trolley Station.

Where to stay around Chula Vista?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,641 vacation rentals near Chula Vista. From 1,770 Houses to 1,963 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Chula Vista for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Chula Vista?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Chula Vista:

  • La Jolla Shores: 553 vacation rentals
  • Crown Point: 1,246 vacation rentals
  • Midway District: 57 vacation rentals
  • Coronado Village: 335 vacation rentals
  • Gaslamp Quarter: 706 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Chula Vista?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Chula Vista. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Chula Vista Center: 4,602 vacation rentals
  • Living Coast Discovery Center: 4,587 vacation rentals
  • Chula Vista Nature Center: 4,586 vacation rentals
  • Knott's Soak City San Diego: 2,962 vacation rentals
  • Len Moore Skate Park: 3,476 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chula Vista listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Chula Vista?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,770 Houses in Chula Vista. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Chula Vista include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,963 rentals available
  • Cottages: 250 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 250 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Chula Vista?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 897 vacation rentals with pool available in Chula Vista. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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