San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary

San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary

San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary
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A spectacular beach where tourists come to view the sea lions in the month of June.
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Rebecca P
Santa Fe, NM10 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
The natural beauty of the area includes birds, butterflies and the water itself. The problem is the impact of humans. There was litter and graffiti everywhere, many of the lookouts were broken, and lots of fences claiming private property. I hope they will clean it up and restore it to the oasis it once was.
Written November 2, 2022
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janet
Surrey, Canada19 contributions
Jan 2020
It is easy to walk along the river on your own. You will see other birdwatchers/photographers, school groups, runners, horseback riders and locals. Lots of water birds to see and beach to relax and picnic. Not easily accessible for those with mobility issues because of uneven ground, but easy enough for most.
Written February 2, 2020
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Wendy V
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada1,109 contributions
Feb 2020
We were delighted to find this section of SJdC devoted to wildlife, after the urban experience of staying close to the Zona Hotelera. The river estuary with the bird life and relatively few people was a welcome relief for us on a beautiful day. You can spend hours in there watching the various types of birds both in the sky and on the water. You will be amazed at the variety of birds and the tranquility that you can get spending a few hours there. There are several platforms to get you up off the ground, which provide lovely vistas.
Written May 23, 2020
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Murray L
Richmond Hill17 contributions
Feb 2022
A wonderful quiet sanctuary in years past , and now even more impressive since the river exit to the Pacific has been blocked, with a small lake near the ocean. So many birds and varieties ! Pelicans, egrets, raptors, many kinds of ducks. See it from the beach , or from the dirt road across from the golf course , south of Finisterra.
Written February 9, 2022
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tubesteak
Morton Grove, IL64 contributions
Mar 2020
We found this by accident and went back every day we were there. It is very tranquil and we spent a fair amount of time here. We saw lots of different birds, most of which we do not see when we are home. There was a concrete path that went most of the way around the area but it was apparently destroyed by a bad storm a few years ago and has not been repaired.
Written March 14, 2020
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Martysfo
San Rafael, CA647 contributions
Feb 2020
The entrance to this sanctuary is tough to find, it is located behind the water treatment plant. However, your persistence is rewarded with some spectacular scenery. You see more birds and wildlife, and its as if you have left civilization behind. Well worth seeking out.
Written March 2, 2020
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awacsgal2016
Chilliwack, Canada67 contributions
Feb 2020
Although not well marked, you can follow a map along the trail past the Holiday Inn to the trailhead. There's a few signs saying it is the Estuary but not much else there, not even any seating. The trail is more of a dirt path but offers nice views of the local birds and some cows & horses out to pasture. I also came across the Policia parked in the area but they said 'no problemo'. Unfortunately, the end of the trail is at the water reatment plant & it's a little nasty. You can then take a side road & are very close to the plaza. I walked back along the road as once was enough for me!
Written March 9, 2020
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Storyteller10139
Seattle, WA2 contributions
What a HUGE letdown! We set out one morning to explore the estuary.
Once there, we stayed six minutes. There was garbage everywhere and the cans were overflowing. There were horse droppings all over the ground to the point that you had to watch where you walked. The smell was horrendous! The foliage looked like someone had hacked at it once for maintenance and then never looked at it again. I think we saw two ducks. Absolutely not worth the time we spent putting on sunscreen!
Written August 23, 2003
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Jo N
B.C.24 contributions
We have frequented San Jose many times and seen the devastation after hurricanes and destructive rain storms. We are so very impressed with the way our Mexican friends to the South work so very hard to clean up and do the best they can after suffering devastation themselves. Our experiences with the Estuary have been many, watching an entire area change in a matter of seconds. At the end of the day, the wildlife do come back and vegetation comes back very quickly. As to "garbage", perhaps, instead of walking through it, pick it up and dispose of it properly. Our experience with garbage in the Estuary is minimal. The only drawback I have personally, is snakes. Although I have never been confronted with one, I am very paranoid. The tranquility of the Estuary is awesome and even I have taken walks through it. With a little imagination, you can explore any part of the Estuary and it certainly takes a lot longer than six minutes! We have spent hours exploring and photographing birds, yes, even snakes, iguana and more. We would recommend the experience to anyone.
Written November 5, 2006
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CaliforniaOsprey
California61 contributions
The Estuary in San Jose del Cabo is a wonderful birding experience. In March 2007, we saw several pairs of ospreys. One dived into the water right beside us - the closest we have ever been to an osprey. There were numerous colorful moorhens and their cousins the coots. Also orioles, grebes, ibis, heron, ducks and woodpeckers. My only regret was seeing poorly treated water from the sewage facility in town go into the water of the estuary. Hopefully this problem will get corrected some time soon.
Written March 22, 2007
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