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Neighborhood Guide: Bonita

Multicultural cuisine, horseback riding, and hiking trails—the South Bay neighborhood lives up to its beautiful name.


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TJ Oyster Bar

TJ Oyster Bar

What started as a tiny stand in Tijuana has transformed into the uber-popular seafood spot where the tostadas, 99-cent fish tacos, and namesake oysters rule. 
4246 Bonita Road

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park

The 540-acre park combines valley, bay, and ocean views with mountain vistas and 16 miles of trails.
3218 Summit Meadow Road

Sweetwater Farms

Sweetwater Farms

Horseback riding lessons, birthday parties, trail rides, and even equine therapy sessions are available at this facility located in a beautiful, park-like setting.
3051 Equitation Lane

Ono's Café

Ono’s Café

Ono’s transports you to a tropical land with a menu of Pacific Rim dishes—think ahi poke and coconut shrimp—and sushi rolls. Happy hour runs until 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.
4154 Bonita Road

Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro

Baja cuisine’s patron saint Javier Plascencia blends Mexican and Mediterranean flavors in this hidden fine dining gem.
4346 Bonita Road

Memelas & Thai Bistro

Tacos and Thai? That’s the culinary crossover at this family-owned spot, where diners can pair pad Thai with salsa verde or drizzle peanut sauce on their tacos.
3001 Bonita Road

Donny’s Café

The friendly neighborhood coffee shop serves breakfast items, sandwiches, and espresso drinks in its indoor and outdoor seating areas.
3901 Bonita Road

Hans and Harry’s Bakery

The Holland-born pastry chefs behind this dessert spot whip up breakfast treats, cakes, and tarts, but it’s their famous strudels that win them lofty praise.
5080 Bonita Road

Bonita Golf Course

Bonita Golf Course

The well-maintained 18-hole course is also lined with a path for runners and the stroller set.
5540 Sweetwater Road

Bonita This Month

June 15–18; June 22–25
Kids’ Summer Art Camp
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

June 20
31st Annual Bonita 5K and Junior 1K
Rohr Park

Katherine Belarmino is the Bonita-residing blogger behind Travel the World.

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