The southern outer edge and southern separated section of the city of San Diego that reaches the border with Mexico includes South County, exclusively known as “South Bay.” The area consists of southern communities of the city as well as Chula Vista, Bonita, Imperial Beach, East Lake, Coronado, and National City. A few of the smaller neighborhoods include Tijuana River Valley, San Ysidro, Palm City, Otay Mesa, Ocean Crest, Nestor, and Egger Highlands.
This southern region is a mixture of grueling industrial compounds and shipyards, together with typical Southern California style communities. In fact, Imperial Beach considers itself archetypical of this type of community for remaining reasonably intact as far as other coastal towns are concerned.
Positioned amid Downtown San Diego or “SD” and Tijuana Mexico, this southern area includes diverse communities and is also home to the huge National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The recently finished expressway under the same name as the region has ameliorated the connectivity of South County to other parts of SD County and California. Many inhabitants utilize the international airport for travel though the Brown Field Municipal Airport located in Otay Mesa, which is a convenient option for general aviation.
Leisure time provides the opportunity for exploration. The outdoors is a huge part of the appeal of the region with Tijuana River Estuary Center emphasizing the flora and fauna of the vicinity and Otay Mountain Wilderness. Sun, sand, and surf are the attractions at Imperial Beach, while National City is close by major SD, and offers exotic dishes at the Philippines, Villa Mania on East 8th Street, alongside attractions like Seaport Village and Gaslamp Quarter. Great foods from Mexico, Italy, and other parts of the world are easy to find for those with discriminating taste.
Key landmarks found in the area include Onstage Playhouse, Southwestern College, Coors Amphitheatre, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Surfhenge, Border Field State Park, and plenty more. The border crossing between Mexico and the United States is one of the major access points between the two countries.
High schools in the area are part of the Sweetwater Union High School District. Other high schools include Mar Vista, Southwest, San Ysidro, and Montgomery, which offer outstanding coverage for students in the area. Middle schools with the same names also functions as part of the same district. Thirteen elementary schools offer a fitting choice of education for younger children. Seven are run as a segment of the South Bay Unified School District, while the other six are run by the San Ysidro School District.
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