Palm City is located on the south side of San Diego, California. This community is a 15-minute commute from the city’s central business district. There are two shopping centers in the area and a public transportation trolley line. The shopping plaza on the west side is home to Pet Market, a pet supply store across the freeway where you and your pup can pick up food, toys, treats and other supplies. There are also local businesses and convenience stores that are within walking distance and are accessible on foot for area residents.
Dog walkers can take their dogs out for hikes all year with mild winters, and warm spring and summer weather. Hot summer temperatures can pose a hazard to people and pups on long treks, so benture out earlier in the day to avoid high temperatures. Some overcast weather occurs in the spring, but precipitation is generally not heavy.
Palm City is located east of Interstate 5, west of Breyer Street, north of Coronado Avenue, and south of Main Street. The area is a gateway to Imperial Beach and Coronado, due to the two major freeways that provide access to these beach cities. The freeways bring traffic through the area and main thoroughfares are not pedestrian or pet-friendly areas.
The north side of Palm City has light industrial activity and is also not an ideal location to walk with your pup. The terrain in the area has some gentle hills, but most are not steep and do not create an impediment to people and pets strolling the district.
Dwellings in the area consist of single-family homes. The residential areas are attractive for dog walkers, with plenty of landscaping. Train tracks running through the community create an impediment to foot traffic and should only be crossed where controlled pedestrian access is situated.
The Otay Valley Recreation Area runs along the north border of Palm City and is accessible on foot to pet owners and their dogs. This 200-acre greenway has natural trails, vegetation, ponds, wildlife, and open space. There are also developed recreational facilities including sports fields and picnic sites. Dog walkers and their pups can explore 8.3 miles of hiking trails in the Otay Valley Park. The paths are also used by cyclists and equestrians, so keep your dog leashed and watch for other trail users.
The Sunnyslope Park provides developed recreational green space in the Palm City neighborhood with picnic sites, play structures, ball fields, and basketball courts. A paved walking trail makes a great place to stroll with your pup.
On the east border, the Montgomery-Waller Community Park is also accessible on foot to Palm City pedestrians and pets. This is a large recreational park with paved walking paths and many athletic facilities and fields.