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Otay Mesa is a community in the southern section of the city of San Diego, just north of the U.S.–Mexico border. It sits right on the international border.
Located 1.5 miles north of the Mexico-United States Border is the 603 megawatt Otay Mesa Energy Center, which came online in 2009. This power plant will be joined with the Pio Pico Energy Center peaker, which will generate an additional 300 megawatts.
Pacific Gateway Park is located between Otay Mesa Road and the international border.
Otay (pronounced Oh-Tie) is derived from the Kumeyaay language. Although its meaning is disputed, possible derivations include "otai," meaning "brushy"; "Tou-ti" meaning "big mountain"; or "etaay" meaning "big." Mesa is the Spanish word for plateau, table or tableland.
Aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery made the first controlled flights in the Western Hemisphere using a series of gliders from the west rim of Otay Mesa in 1883/1884.
The area which now includes Otay Mesa was annexed from San Diego County along with other portions of South San Diego in 1957. Additional annexation of almost four thousand acres was approved in 1985.
Since 2010, seven cross-border tunnels have been found linking Warehouses in Otay Mesa with entry points within Mexico.
Otay Mesa is bordered by the Otay River Valley and the city of Chula Vista on the north, Interstate 805 and the neighborhoods of Ocean View Hills and San Ysidro on the west, unincorporated San Diego County on the north and east (including East Otay Mesa), and the Otay Centenario borough of Tijuana Municipality, Mexico on the south.
Major thoroughfares include Otay Mesa Road/California State Route 905, Otay Valley Road/Heritage Road, Siempre Viva Road and California State Route 125. Otay Mesa is the second-least walkable neighborhood of San Diego.
Otay Mesa, California, gets 9 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 0 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 37.
On average, there are 267 sunny days per year in Otay Mesa, California. The July high is around 73 degrees. The January low is 45. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 44 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
Otay Mesa is right on the border, allowing you to merely throw a stone and have it land in another country – in this case, Mexico. The neighborhood is full of Duty-Free stores, which have special tax exemptions. Locals take advantage of everything San Diego has to offer when it comes to shopping.
Otay Mesa is home to some unique mom-and-pop restaurants that you won’t find anywhere else. Every time you turn the corner, you’ll find someplace new. Make sure you keep good mental notes – there’s no way you’ll be able to visit them all in one day!
The nightlife in Otay Mesa may appear to be quiet, but being part of San Diego certainly has its perks! Head on over to Chula Vista to discover where the locals spend the night. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump away!
Public schools in and near Otay Mesa include Finney Elementary School, Juarez Lincon Elementary School, Los Altos Elementary School, Howard Pence Elementary School, Silverwing Elementary School, San Ysidro Elementary School, Montgomery Middle School, Montgomery High School and San Ysidro High School.
The culture in Otay Mesa has its own flavor as it sits right on the border of Mexico. This is a rare case where you can cross the border and enjoy the best of both worlds – that of Tijuana and that of San Diego!
Everyone in the country knows about San Diego. San Diego has a unique cultural mix that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the country as it is one of the few places that literally sits right on the border. Not too many are familiar with Otay Mesa, which means you’re in for a cultural treat! Make sure you put this quaint little neighborhood on your itinerary next time you’re in the area!
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