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Border Field State Park
Border Field State Park Review
This southernmost San Diego beach is different from most California beaches—the fence at the parking lot's southern end marks the U.S.–Mexican border. The beach lies within Border Field State Park, an area with sand dunes and salt marshes favored by horseback riders and hikers. The Tijuana River Estuary, designated as a Wetland of National Importance, is a haven for endangered birds. Newly renovated picnic sites at Monument Mesa offer scenic ocean views and have barbecue grills and a shaded group area. Flooding in winter often restricts access, but normally the park is open to pedestrians, hikers, and equestrians on weekdays. Because of state budget cuts, motorized vehicles are permitted only on weekends and holidays. Beware : Swimming and wading are discouraged due to inshore holes and rip currents, and because no lifeguards are on duty. Amenities: parking (fee), toilets. Best for: solitude, walking.
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