After 35 years of business, Chula Vista RV Resort in Southern California is permanently closing on February 1, 2019 to make room for a billion-dollar city project. This resort has been long cherished by RVers for its scenic waterfront location on the San Diego Bay.
Chula Vista Resort includes over 33,000 square feet on 17 acres and their own 552-slip marina. The upscale RV park is located south of San Diego, across the bay from Silver Strand Beach and a 2-3 hour drive from attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios.
The RV resort shared more details about the closure on their website:
Sadly, the time has come to say Goodbye. The Port of San Diego has grand plans for our Harbor. They will be building a new hotel/convention center at Chula Vista Harbor, and they need to use the RV Resort’s acreage for much of this development. As such, we must vacate the premises by March 1st, and will be closing our doors to guests as of February 1st in order to allow enough time to completely vacate by the March 1st deadline.
Over the years, Chula Vista Resort has hosted countless parties, events, and Happy Hours. The resort also opened their own restaurant, Galley at the Marina, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has live entertainment and dancing many nights.
The Bayfront Project replacing Chula Vista Resort has been in the works for several months, and land clearing and construction have already started in the immediate area. According to CBS News, the new project was approved by the Chula Vista City Council and the Port of San Diego. Their plans include a 1,600 room hotel, a 275,000-square-foot convention center, two parks, and also a fire station.
The RV resort sent out a notice this week and issued full refunds to anyone staying after February 1, 2019. The Port of San Diego did, however, approve another RV park a few blocks away on the bayfront, the Costa Vista RV Resort, which could open as early as late 2019.
Old Prospector says
Strange How I knew what type of item was going to be built upon that spot before I even started reading the article. – No it’s not strange. – It happens every time you have something everyone else enjoys. It also never fails that there is always some money hungry Real Estate Developer lurking in the shadows just waiting greedily to ponce upon a chance to screw some owner out of his property in order to destroy the beauty of such a great piece of land, then tear it up to build himself a huge luxurious high priced money making tourist trap consisting of either a Hotel, Shopping Mall, Convention Center, or all of the above listed. It has been happening since time began, but mainly in the past 100 years, and especially since the 1970’s. I feel sorry for both the owner(s) who loved what he and his family owned and what they enjoyed providing for the people, not to mention feeling sorry for all of the people who enjoyed having such a great vacation spot to return to and of which to enjoy for themselves year after year, by having to give it up to some greedy, money hungry Real Estate Developer in order for him to destroy it for his own greedy purposes.
A M Wheeles says
I imagine the developer made the current owner very happy. They didn’t just march in there and take over the park without generous compensation.
Actually since it is a city convention center, they most likely had no choice. It was either sell for whatever was offered or the city would declare “Eminent Domain” and Steal the land from them as basic going rate. The owners have no real say about closing. This is happening more and more around the country. The pipelines running through Texas had this done. I know first hand!!
Which is why there’s really no such thing as owning land. If they want it bad enough they’ll take it. Not to mention you have to pay taxes on it year after year just to keep it. Makes you wonder who REALLY owns it anyway. Unless you’re into real estate as an investment you’re basically just renting. I gave up all my property to live in an RV and from now on I’ll use “their” land.
Albert j says
..this is failure on part.of Chula Vista chula letting this happen. The city does not need another high priced convention center and bourgeois hotel front. it’s heresy, and ludicrous in this point in time. Not to mention you have TJ border 5 mins away. That’s going to be very inviting, for those that seek opportunity. Lastly what was a good family, fun place that brought a pleasant atmosphere to the bay. Will be no more. Such a a shame. Greed strikes again.
Campland on the Bay In Mission Bay, San Diego will be next. I have stayed there since they opened as a little girl and I am 55! I’m taking My grandson this weekend but they have 5 years left on their lease and what do you want to bet that lease doesn’t get renewed!
Nothing natural is left in Southern California! Damn shame.
Jan Yerzik says
Lucky for RVers, Campland on the Bay remains open and offers waterfront RV camping with a ton of amenities, including private beach, marina and boat launch, 570 camping sites, 2 pools & hot tubs, cantina & bar, horseshoes, dog park, skate park, basketball court and more. It’s one of San Diego’s most beloved RV resorts.
John Purdum says
Yes, but for how much longer? This could be a sad trend in the San Diego Bay area. Developers have their ways to make it look enticing to city governments, such as the bed or transient tax to start.
I bet somewhere in the planning will be a trump casino
Todd Smith says
I’ll bet you’re a liberal.
Cecil E Watson says
Todd no doubt you hit that nail on the head!
Well the only problem with the article is that the RV Park is still open, but only under new management. I think they are going to close but open farther south from their current location. I’m sure there’s more to come.