Springtime at the Tijuana Estuary
Something called the Tijuana Estuary sounds horrible, right? I picture a polluted river full of trash and perhaps a few corpses. But names can be very misleading and in actuality, it is a lovely coastal wetland and nature reserve. This is where the Tijuana River meets the Pacific Ocean, and the mixing of fresh and salt waters creates a variety of habitats.
On a late April day, I found an amazing variety of wildflowers so close to home. I have been driving all over Southern California chasing the superbloom, but I neglected to look 20 minutes south of San Diego on the Mexican border!
The estuary’s website has very detailed directions on how to get here, but I just plugged 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA into my car’s GPS and hit the road! Don’t forget sunscreen and a hat as there is no shade at the estuary; and of course you’ll need water. There are restrooms and water fountains across from the visitor center, so you can refill your bottle if needed.
North McCoy Trail
River Mouth Trail
After doing the short out-and-back North McCoy Trail, I headed over to the longer River Mouth Trail.
Beautiful, right?! The most southern part of the estuary (just south of these trails) is Border Field State Park, which I would assume has similar flora…..I will be checking this theory out very soon, so stay tuned!