San Diego Lagoons and Nature Centers

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

Explore, have fun and learn at the same time!

Nature Centers and San Diego Lagoons

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

With over 70 miles of coast to discover in San Diego, there are also several coastal lagoons to visit as well. Be that you are in a mood for a hike or interested in the natural history of the area, you really can not go wrong!

I will be starting the list at the most northern location, Oceanside and will be making my way South, finally ending at the Mexican Border.

Google Map San Diego Lagoons


Buena Vista Lagoon San Diego Lagoons

Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center

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

2202 South Coast Hwy, Oceanside CA 92054

760-439-2473

Buena Vista Lagoon San Diego Lagoons

Map

For more detailed information, go here.



Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center

Agua Hedionda Discovery Center

  • Nature Center run by Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation
  • 400 acres
  • Northeast end of the lagoon is a protected habitat
  • Native Garden

1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad CA 92008

760-804-1969

Map

For more detailed information, go here.

Backside Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Panoramic



 

Batiquitos Lagoon San Diego Lagoons

Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center

  • Nature Center run by Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
  • 610-acre Ecological Reserve
  • 1.5-mile trail
  • Over 200 pre-historic site along shoreline dated over 8000 years old

7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad CA 92011

760-931-0800

Map

For more information go here

Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center



San Elijo Lagoon San Diego Lagoons

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

  • 979 acre Ecological Reserve
  • Nature Center run by San Elijo Conservancy
  • Largest San Diego coastal wetlands

2712 Manchester Ave, Encinitas CA 92007

760-634-3026

Map

For more detailed information, go here.

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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

Map


Los Penasquitos Lagoon 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)
  • Located within the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pine Tree San Diego Lagoons

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

The Visitor Center, The Torrey Pines Lodge is located on top of the hill at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more detailed information, go here.

Torrey Pines Lodge San Diego Lagoons
Torrey Pines Lodge

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Map

Los Penasquitos Lagoon Watershed



Friends of Famosa Slough

PO Box 87280 San Diego, CA 92138-7280

(619) 224-4591

Map



San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

1080 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910

619-476-9150

 

The Living Coast Discovery Center

Map



Tijuana Estuary San Diego Lagoons

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park

  •  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 Visitor Center

301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach CA 91932

619-575-3613

Map



Border Field State Park San Diego Lagoons

Border Field State Park

1500 Monument Rd, San Diego, CA 92154

619-575-3613

Map

 

I have always had a deep-seated passion for the Ocean Environment which ultimately led me to receive a degree in Marine Biology. Living in the San Diego area for over 30 years, I have extensively explored the 70 miles of San Diego’s coastline, and I am here to share! Please use my website to your advantage and have a look around at all the wonders that the beaches of San Diego can offer you!

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