La Mesa

Head east of Downtown San Diego and in less than 20 minutes you’ll come to the city of La Mesa. This hilltop community is anything but your typical Southern California suburbia. It offers a great quality of life with stunning natural scenery, a beautiful climate, and a host of unique attractions and ample amenities. La Mesa is home to a diverse family-friendly community with great schools, restaurants, and so much more. Mount Helix is easily one of La Mesa’s most desirable neighborhoods and one of the highest points in San Diego County. Hikers can see San Diego, Tijuana, and El Cajon from the top, or enjoy theater performances and power yoga at an amphitheater further down the mountain. The La Mesa Walkway of the Stars is an urban greenspace. Not only is it a useful through-way when exploring the town, but it is a great way to get your first sense of the local flavor and history of La Mesa. Come see what La Mesa has to offer.

School District

The schools in La Mesa are operated by two districts. The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District operates most of the elementary and middle schools in the city, while the Grossmont Union High School District operates Helix High School and the Gateway day schools.

Parks and Recreation

With stunning vistas, access to hiking trails, and family-friendly activities, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of things to do here in La Mesa. A large reservoir surrounded by parkland, Lake Murray is a favorite recreation site for those living in La Mesa and one of the few locations in Southern California where you can fish for trout and largemouth bass, the park also offers kayak rentals and is open to private boating, allowing for a calmer on-the-water experience than you would find on the Pacific Ocean. There is so much to do in La Mesa!

Restaurants and Groceries

La Mesa is home to a distinct dining scene. From within its city limits, diners can feast on Himalayan cuisine, dig into barbecued brisket or grab a tasty sandwich from a liquor store. There is something for everyone here



La Mesa is a cozy town. Visitors from all walks of life are sure to find accommodations that meet their needs and exceed their expectations in and around La Mesa proper as it is a short drive to the famed Hotel Circle area of San Diego.




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