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Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Almost Mexico

Not much to it, to the layman anyway. It's a slough that becomes a river at high tide and a mud pit... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2018
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Peaceful walking and birding, even biking.

I say peaceful, however, it borders a Navy helicopter base. But, I don't mind, and they don't fly... read more

Reviewed August 29, 2018
Imperial Beach, California
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“wildlife”(8 reviews)
“wetlands”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed December 14, 2018 via mobile

Not much to it, to the layman anyway. It's a slough that becomes a river at high tide and a mud pit at low. Used to be a human super highway to el norte. Must not be suitable for real estate or it would have...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DetroitPelon
Reviewed August 29, 2018

I say peaceful, however, it borders a Navy helicopter base. But, I don't mind, and they don't fly all the time. There are five miles of trails in the estuary, a quaint and nice museum, and public bathrooms which are open during business hours. Everyone...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

We went to Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve on a sunny day,. Its an interesting place to visit with views of Tijuana.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mini
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Y'all this place is very interesting to go to. The welcome booth/center is abandoned and decaying, there are cameras everywhere, your cell phone will connect to the towers in Mexico (I recommend airplane mode so you don't incur international charges), and you can see and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank peaceloveelina
Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

The walk in this area was very interesting. My husband had read about the way they treat the water in this area and we wanted to go and explore. It’s very nice to have the mountains wrap around you as you wander through the wetlands....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank dkayec
Reviewed February 27, 2018

Found this place while looking for the Friendship park and to be honest, a bathroom. I don't know if the beach was part of the reserve but it was a peaceful place to walk and enjoy for an hour or two. The research building had...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank DAuntDeb
Reviewed February 14, 2018

I didn’t actually go to the Reserve but viewed it from the other side. If you follow Seacoast Drive south all the way to the end, you will come to a beach area on the right and a boardwalk on the left. This area shows...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed January 22, 2018

This appears to be a beautiful facility overlooking the Tijuana River Estuary. We parked in the ample parking lot and walked aout 30 feet to the entrance only to find it closed on both Monday and Tuesday. The outdoor signage and graphics on the pavement...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2017

This spot has miles of trails and choices for a refreshing walk with sweeping views of the ocean. The visitor's center has trail maps and a to-scale map of the entire estuary on the ground. Adjacent to this center is a free parking lot. You...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed September 4, 2017

This estuary, in between the San Diego and Tijuana metropolitan areas, has been nicely preserved. We enjoyed quietly hiking the trails and observing the bird activities. The rangers at the visitors center are very kind, knowledgable, and eager to help newcomers get the most out...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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