Spanish for “beautiful view,” Chula Vista is a motorcyclist’s dream. This city, located just south of San Diego, boasts 52 square miles of infinitely rideable terrain. Feast your eyes on pristine coastlines, mountain landscapes, and expanses of rolling hills.
Want a more structured ride? We’ve included our top Chula Vista motorcycle rides here.
Chula Vista to Julian
This 60-mile route takes you northeast, and you’ll gradually leave the salty ocean air to head into the crisp mountain air of Julian. Known for pies and apple picking, a trip to Julian can turn into a full-day adventure.
What really sets this route apart is the collection of sweeping curves and twisting turns that keep you on your toes and make this ride exceptionally fun. Watch out for wildlife that tends to congregate on the road near the creek beds and foliage.
Palomar Mountain Loop
This ride is top-rated among motorcycle enthusiasts, mostly because it’s highly technical and has some of the curviest roads in the entire state of California.
Your journey begins in Rincon (about 55 miles northeast of Chula Vista), and you’ll start off on Road 4. From there, turn right onto San Felipe Road and follow along until you get to Highway 79. Keep going until you see the sign for Highway 76, and make a right. Once you hit East Grade Road, you’re in for your lion’s share of fun corners.
You’ll head back the way you came to finish the loop, and if you want a new set of scenery, take I-15 instead of the same way home.
Head due east and ride 50 miles. You’ll pitter-patter along the border of Mexico and breeze right past Tecate. The road is rural, and the views are spectacular. For a rural road, the pavement is in exceptional shape. It’s smooth sailing all 50 miles.
Borrego Spring is about 90 miles from Chula Vista, so you can easily make a full day of this route (including the return trip.) There are at least three different routes to get to Borrego Springs from Chula Vista, so you can try all of them and see which is your favorite!
This desert town is beautiful year-round, but we highly recommend trying this route in March when the wildflowers are in full bloom. People visit Borrego Springs from all over the state to take in the gorgeous blooms.
Bonita to Ocotillo Loop
Enjoy a trip through California’s border towns on this 3.5-hour ride that takes you through eastern San Diego. Your journey begins on the 94E, but instead of merging onto Interstate 8, take Old Highway 80 and go south.
Fill up your tank at Tacos El Gordo De Tijuana in Chula Vista before you hit the open road. Or, if you prefer to eat at the end of the ride, save this hot spot for the finish. You’re welcome.
There are also a ton of fun attractions on this route, including Coyotes Flying Saucer Repair and the Desert View Tower. Make sure you take a break at the higher elevation to see the expansive view of Otay Lakes. It’s a beaut.
Enjoy the Ride with Law Tigers
The best way to enjoy a ride is to do it safely. As always, follow the local laws and rules of the road, including wearing a helmet and appropriate clothing.
As a team of motorcycle-riding enthusiasts, here at Law Tigers, we stand up for riders’ rights. We help the community with accident cases. You can contact us 24/7 for a free case evaluation. We also offer a free rider benefit card packed with special bonuses.