South Bay is the southernmost region in San Diego County and lies just north of the U.S./Mexico border. It is the gateway to Baja California and home to some of the most authentic Mexican restaurants north of the border. Naval Outlying Field Imperial Beach and Naval Base San Diego are located in South Bay, and you can easily get to Coronado and Downtown San Diego from here. Silver Strand State Beach is a picturesque escape for surfing, swimming, camping, or fishing. The U.S. Olympic Training Center is a fun excursion, and the Aquatica SeaWorld Water Park is a family favorite.
The proximity to several of the region’s military installations keeps South Bay on the short-list for a lot of military families. Though it’s still a Southern California locale, a lot of South Bay’s communities are home to diverse, working-class families.
The neighborhood vibe for South Bay varies from town to town. Some cities have seen better days while some are pristine, with new master-planned communities.