List of San Diego County Coastal Lagoons and Nature Centers

San Diego doesn’t just have the best beaches in the country, and we also have some of the most significant coastal wetlands as well.

I have prepared a list of coastal nature centers that are along the San Diego coastline. I have also linked each site to its appropriate website.

Explore, have fun and learn at the same time!

San Diego Lagoons

Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center

  • Nature Center run by the Audubon Center
  • Over 223 acres of coastal wetlands
  • 103 bird, 18 mammals, and 14 reptile and amphibian species found in the park

2202 South Coast Hwy, Oceanside CA 92054

760-439-2473

San Diego Lagoons

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San Diego Lagoons
Agua Hedionda Inlet at Warm Water Jetty beach in Carlsbad.

Agua Hedionda Discovery Center

1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad CA 92008

760-804-1969

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San Diego Lagoons

Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center

7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad CA 92011

760-931-0800

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San Elijo Coastal Inlet at Cardiff State Beach

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

2712 Manchester Ave, Encinitas CA 92007

760-634-3026

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San Dieguito County Park

  • Found a short distance from the Pacific Ocean
  • Many trails take you toward the coast with exceptional views

1628 Lomas Santa Fe, Del Mar CA 92014

858-755-2386

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San Diego Lagoons
Los Penasquitos Lagoon

Los Penasquitos Lagoon

  • Northern Border of the City of San Diego forming a natural border with Del Mar
  • There is a colony of the endangered evergreen species Pinus torreyana-(Torrey pine)

San Diego Lagoons

Here is some info about possible starting locations to this lagoon.

San Diego Lagoons

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Friends of Famosa Slough

PO Box 87280 San Diego, CA 92138-7280

(619) 224-4591

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San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

1080 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910

619-476-9150

The Living Coast Discovery Center

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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park

  • This is a major bird watching spot as there are over 375 species seen here
  • Bordered by Mexico

Ranger Station: 2721 Monument Road, San Diego, CA 92154

Bird and Butterfly Garden: 2310 Hollister St., San Diego, CA 92154

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach CA 91932

619-575-3613

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Border Field State Park

1500 Monument Rd, San Diego, CA 92154

619-575-3613

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