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Sal Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

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2710 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2204
+1 760-634-3026
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Great bird watching

Nice coastal spot to walk and bird-watch along well maintained boardwalks. Check the website... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
BlueNWashington
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Washington DC
Great Hiking

My sister introduced me to San Elijo Lagoon’s hiking trails many years ago and we have been going... read more

Reviewed March 14, 2018
Elizabeth S
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“nature center” (8 reviews)
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LOCATION
2710 Manchester Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2204
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+1 760-634-3026
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"visitor center"
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"nature center"
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"san elijo"
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"small museum"
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"great nature"
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"quiet spot"
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"great walk"
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"limited parking"
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"ecological reserve"
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"migrating birds"
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"nice hiking trails"
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"fish jumping"
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"bird life"
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"preserve"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice coastal spot to walk and bird-watch along well maintained boardwalks. Check the website before going (as of 5/15/18) as some renovation work is underway and some of the area may be blocked off.

Thank BlueNWashington
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

My sister introduced me to San Elijo Lagoon’s hiking trails many years ago and we have been going ever since. Coastal shrub landscape offers a chance to watch birds and spend time away from it all. Trails are well maintained and appropriate for walking or...More

Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Sooner or later all migrating birds show up to enjoy this wonderful lagoon. It’s a simple walk over perfect trails which are so easy and relaxing with excellent view points.

Thank yogiacomo
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

This is the perfect place to take a short walk with your dog or small child. Lagoon is near the beach and has a good view. Good place for when you just walk to walk somewhere but you don't have that much time. Flat.

Thank Monaiv
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

My wife and I found the Sal Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve somewhat disappointing. There is a nice 45-60 min walk on a loop trail from the visitor's center - but most of the other trails were closed - apparently due to work on the nearby...More

Thank LightFighter
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The Reserve encompasses nearly 1000 acres and has seven miles of trails through 5 different types of habitat. Over 700 species of plants and animals live there. The Lagoon is a major place on the Pacific flyway so good birding especially in the winter. In...More

Thank Linda j
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Easy walking trail around the lagoon with informative signs and knowledgeable staff in the learning center.

Thank Cindy R
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

When he was still living, the Rockett brought me here to absorb the San Diego County wonder called San Elijo (not Sal Elijo). Thanks kindly Rockett. He wasn't fooling,what a beautiful place! First, what a wonderful, hilly area for a nature preserve! The trails were...More

Thank Feedbackart
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Easy to long trails, lots of birds for birdwatching, hermit crabs, jumping fish, a wonderful nature center..there is something for everyone.

Thank Moxiethebeagle
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I can't believe I didn't know about this place sooner. I started taking my tot when he was around 1.5 (now 2.5yrs) and we love it. The folks are so friendly and always willing to talk about the snakes or the tortious. My son loves...More

Thank Jamie L
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