Otay Mesa, San Diego

Silver Wing Monument at Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center in South San Diego

Community in the southern section of the city of San Diego, just north of the U.S.–Mexico border.

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San Ysidro, San Diego

District of the City of San Diego, immediately north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

McDonald's at trolley station
Las Américas outlet mall
El Toreador Motel
Traffic in Tijuana, Mexico waiting at the San Ysidro port of entry into the United States.
Cars and pedestrians in San Ysidro entering Mexico.
Aerial view of traffic at the United States-Mexico border.
Old Customs House at the international border

It neighbors Otay Mesa West to the north, Otay Mesa to the east, and Nestor and the Tijuana River Valley to the west; together these communities form South San Diego, a practical exclave of the City of San Diego.

John Joseph Montgomery

American inventor, physicist, engineer, and professor at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, who is best known for his invention of controlled heavier-than-air flying machines.

John J. Montgomery and his tandem-wing glider The Santa Clara on 29 April 1905
John J. Montgomery landing The Evergreen monoplane glider in October, 1911.
Replica of The Evergreen at the Hiller Aviation Museum
The plaque placed at Montgomery Grove. It was relocated from Evergreen Valley College's campus to the current site.
Dedication plaque for Montgomery Field, San Diego
Silver Wing monument at Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center in Otay Mesa, San Diego, California
A marker placed at Aptos, California where Montgomery's tandem-wing glider was flown in March 1905 for the first high-altitude flights in the world.
The Evergreen glider restored by the Smithsonian Institution on display at the San Diego Air and Space Museum

In the 1880s Montgomery, a native of Yuba City, California, made manned flight experiments in a series of gliders in the United States in Otay Mesa near San Diego, California.

Mexico–United States border

International border separating Mexico and the United States, extending from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Gulf of Mexico in the east.

The current border was originally decided after the Mexican–American War (1846–1848). Most of the border is settled on the Rio Grande River on the border of Texas and northeastern Mexico. To the left lies San Diego, California and on the right is Tijuana, Baja California. The building in the foreground on the San Diego side is a sewage treatment plant built to clean the Tijuana River.
A typical plaque constructed by the International Boundary and Water Commission and mounted at the exact location of the border.
United States Border Patrol at Algodones Sand Dunes, California, USA. The fence on the US-Mexican border is a special construction of narrow, 15 ft tall elements, that are movable vertically. This way, they can be lifted on top of the ever shifting sand dunes.
Map of Mexico in 1842
San Diego together with Tijuana creates the bi-national San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area.
El Paso (top) and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (bottom) seen from earth orbit; the Rio Grande is the thin line separating the two cities through the middle of the photograph. El Paso and Juarez make up the third largest U.S. international metroplex after Detroit–Windsor and San Diego-Tijuana.
Vehicle barrier in the New Mexico desert 2010
Climbing the Mexico–United States barrier fence in Brownsville, Texas
Going into Mexico from El Paso, Texas, U.S.
San Ysidro Port of Entry through vehicle.
The San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana
Passport stamp upon arrival in Tijuana, Baja California land border crossing.
Thousands of cars sit from fifteen minutes to two hours waiting to cross the border.
The Big Bend National Park is located at the Border.
Border Patrol agents in southern Texas in 2013.
Drug trafficking tunnel under the U.S.–Mexico border used by the Sinaloa Cartel
Border for pedestrians in Tijuana, Baja California
US Border Patrol agents review documents of individuals suspected of attempted illegal entry in 2019.
Nogales border fence.
United States-Mexico-border-wall-Progreso-Lakes-Texas.
A volunteer from the Humane Border group is refilling water stations located on the desert of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Memorial coffins on the US-Mexico barrier for those killed crossing the border fence in Tijuana, México.
Mexicans crossing the Río Grande face the Big Bend National Park.
A U.S. Army National Guard member working with the U.S. Border Patrol in support of Operation Jump Start, Arizona, July 2006.
Members of the North Carolina Army National Guard monitoring the U.S.–Mexico border in southwest Arizona.
Federal courthouse in Tucson, AZ, where Operation Streamline proceedings take place.
ICE ERO officers deporting a man wanted for two murders in Mexico.
Mexico-US border wall at Tijuana, Mexico.
Entrance into Mexico at Nogales, AZ (USA).
Border Patrol patrolling the Rio Grande in an airboat in Laredo, Texas.
The start of the border fence in the state of New Mexico—just west of El Paso, Texas.
U.S. Border Patrol helicopter along El Camino del Diablo, Arizona–Sonora border, 2004.
Border between Nogales, Arizona, on the left, and Nogales, Sonora, on the right.
On the left: Nogales, Arizona; on the right, Nogales, Sonora.
Beach in Tijuana at the border in 2006.
A CBP Border Patrol vehicle sitting near Mexico–U.S. border.
View of Cross Border Xpress (CBX) bridge from parking lot on U.S. side, with Tijuana Airport on the left and the CBX U.S. terminal on the right.
The U.S.–Mexico border fence near El Paso, Texas.
Portion of border near Jacumba, California, in 2003.
Portion of border near Jacumba, California, in 2009 with enhanced security.

Otay Mesa, California – Tijuana, Baja California

California State Route 125

State highway in the U.S. state of California that serves as a north–south freeway in the San Diego area.

SR 125 near Santee, CA
The Quino checkerspot butterfly, one of the endangered species that was the subject of environmental concerns related to the tollway construction

It runs from SR 11 and SR 905 in Otay Mesa, near the Mexican border, to SR 52 in Santee.


City and municipal seat of Tijuana Municipality, Baja California, located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Playas de Tijuana.
Downtown Tijuana in the 1920s.
Álvaro Obregón School in 1930.
The Jai Alai arena, built in 1947, attracted spectators from both sides of the border.
Agua Caliente Casino in 1951.
San Francisco de Asís Church, built in 1959.
The number of skyscrapers and high rises in Tijuana has grown significantly in the 21st century.
View of the Cerro San Isidro from across the valley from Cerro Colorado.
Sunset in Playas de Tijuana.
Teniente Guerrero Park.
View of Downtown Tijuana.
View down Paseo de los Héroes of the Abraham Lincoln Monument.
Skyscrapers on Blvd. Agua Caliente.
The Mexico–United States barrier at the Pacific Coast.
The ocean in Playas de Tijuana.
Cerro San Isidro covered in snow.
The Tijuana Mexico Temple is a temple of the Mormon Church.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral of the Catholic Archdiocese of Tijuana.
Imaculada Concepción Church.
Monument to Ignacio Zaragoza.
The Palace of Government of Tijuana Municipality.
View of the Zona Río.
Restaurants on Avenida Revolución.
Market in Downtown Tijuana.
Plaza Santa Cecília decorated with traditional Mexican papel picado.
Excel Medical Center.
Tijuana has grown in the 21st century as a significant commercial and manufacturing center of North America.
Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana (UABC).
View of Avenida Revolución.
Tijuana Cultural Center is an arts center and home to the Museum of The Californias.
The Tijuana Arch, in Zona Centro.
Caesar salad was invented at Caesar's in the 1920's.
Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana.
View of Tijuana's Zona Centro.
Señor de Misericordia Church.
A Norteño musical ensemble performing in Downtown Tijuana.
The 18 de Marzo Memorial.
Estadio Caliente, home to Club Tijuana of the Liga MX.
Estadio Chevron
Tijuana International Airport.
Vía Rápida in Tijuana.
Amistad bus rapid transit station.
A Tijuana BRT bus.
Cristo de los Álamos statue.

Otay Centenario — This borough was created in 2014 by merging Mesa de Otay and Centenario boroughs. In this borough sits the Tijuana International Airport. The Tijuana campus of the Autonomous University of Baja California and the Technologico are also located here as well as many maquiladoras. This is the borough with the largest number of factories and maquiladoras. Its largest colony is Ciudad Industrial ("Industrial City"). This delegacion contains the Otay Mesa entry to the United States and the Friendship Park (Parque de la amistad).

California State Route 905

8.964 mi state highway in San Diego, in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of California.

I-805 northbound at the SR 905 interchange

It connects I-5 and I-805 in San Ysidro to the Mexican border at Otay Mesa.

Ocean View Hills, San Diego

Residential neighborhood in the southern section of San Diego.

Silver Wing Monument at Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center in South San Diego

It neighbors Otay Mesa to the south and east, Otay Mesa West to the west and Chula Vista to the north.

Otay Centenario

Borough of the municipality of Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico.

The borough is located east of the Centro borough and the Zona Río; south of the U.S. border and San Diego's Otay Mesa neighborhood; and north of La Mesa.

San Diego

Major city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border.

The Kumeyaay, also known as the Diegueño, have inhabited the area of San Diego for thousands of years.
San Diego's namesake is the 15th-century Spanish saint Didacus of Alcalá.
José María Estudillo served as commandant of the Presidio of San Diego and founded the Estudillo family, a powerful San Diego clan of Californios.
The 1846 Battle of San Pasqual was a decisive battle between American and Californio forces during the U.S. Conquest of California.
The namesake of Horton Plaza, Alonzo Horton developed "New Town," which became Downtown San Diego.
Balboa Park on the cover of a guidebook for the World Exposition of 1915
Satellite view of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico
Mission Valley facing Northwest, taken from Arista Street. Mission Bay can be seen in the distance.
Normal Heights, a neighborhood of San Diego
San Diego skyline, seen in January 2021
Surfers at Pacific Beach
Coastal canyon in Torrey Pines State Reserve
San Diego viewed against the Witch Creek Fire smoke
Map of racial distribution in San Diego, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people:
A U.S. Navy vice admiral and an intelligence specialist celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month in San Diego
USS Midway museum ship
F/A-18 Hornet flying over San Diego and the USS John C. Stennis
View on Harbor Drive
Downtown San Diego, as seen from Coronado Island
Qualcomm corporate headquarters
Official portrait of Mayor Todd Gloria
San Diego City Council chambers
San Diego Police Department car in the city center
San Diego State University's Hepner Hall
University of California, San Diego's Geisel Library, named for Theodor Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss")
The Museum of Us
Petco Park, home of the Padres since 2004
I-5 looking south toward downtown San Diego
View of Coronado and San Diego from the air
Cross Border Xpress bridge from the terminal in San Diego on the right to the main terminal of Tijuana Airport on the left

The communities of South San Diego (an Exclave), such as San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, are located next to the Mexico–United States border, and are physically separated from the rest of the city by the cities of National City and Chula Vista.

South San Diego

District within the City of San Diego, and is in the larger South Bay region of southwestern San Diego County, California.

Silver Wing Monument at Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center in South San Diego

Brown Field Municipal Airport is located in the Otay Mesa region of South San Diego.