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Beautiful & Bewitching

Bonita, which means beautiful in Spanish, is a region in southern San Diego County. It sits between the cities of Chula Vista and National City.  Bonita runs alongside the Sweetwater River. Due to its proximity to the Sweetwater Reservoir and hills, Bonita is populated with much wildlife. Bonita residents experience a warm and pleasant climate year round.


Bonita is noted for its rural landscape. As a result, many wonderful walking and equestrian trails are available for visitors and residents to explore. The Sweetwater Reservoir Riding and Hiking Trail as well as a three-mile trail looping around the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course, are both popular spots with scenic views. There is also the Bonita Golf Course. Many parks exist in the area as well. The preserved open space is what draws in many nature lovers to Bonita.


Location wise, Bonita is only a fifteen-minute drive to Downtown San Diego and the famous Balboa Park, making it easy to check out major San Diego attractions like the San Diego Zoo and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Bonita community members can visit the lovely San Diego Bay whenever they’d like. Additionally, the Pacific Ocean is only fifteen miles away, which makes a day at the beach a hassle free trip to plan. 


The neighboring city of Chula Vista is known for its rich culture.  Aside from even more outdoor activities, Bonita residents have easy access to Chula Vista’s many attractions. Plenty of dining, shopping, farmers markets, historic buildings, and entertainment venues are just ten minutes away. Members of the Bonita community are able to enjoy many nearby amenities without sacrificing the beautiful rural setting they live in.


The population of Bonita consists of about 13,000 residents. Southwestern College is located nearby in Chula Vista, as well as Chula Vista elementary school and Sweetwater Union High School. Several annual events and festivals happen in Bonita and surrounding areas, bringing together community members for fun and celebration. The Bonita Museum and Cultural center is upheld by the Bonita Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the area. Gallery exhibits are constantly changing to bring a wide array of styles to visitors and residents. The Center always offers many different ways for community members to support local art.


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