Otay Mesa, San Diego, California
Otay MesaÂ is a mostly rural community within the city ofÂ San Diego,Â California, just north of theÂ U.S.â€“Mexico border. It is bordered by the Otay River Valley and the city ofÂ Chula VistaÂ on the north,Â Interstate 805Â on the west, and county land on the east. Although physically separated from the rest of San Diego by the intervening cities ofÂ National CityÂ and Chula Vista, it is part of the city of San Diego, connected by a strip of land running underwater in the San Diego Bay, and is included in city council district 8.
State Route 905Â connects Otay Mesa and Interstate 805.
TheÂ Otay Mesa Port of EntryÂ is one of two border crossings within the city ofÂ San Diego, California, the other being theÂ San Ysidro Port of EntryÂ six miles to the west. Otay Mesa also houses an immigration detention center.
South of the border between the United States and Mexico, the same region continues within the municipality ofÂ Tijuana, Baja California, but is a residential and industrial area called “Mesa de Otay” and is 1 of 9 Delegaciones (boroughs) of Baja California’sÂ TijuanaÂ municipality.
Some of the earliest flights in U.S. history occurred in the vicinity of Otay Mesa through the experimentation of aviation pioneerÂ John J. Montgomery.