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San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

The very beautiful visitor's center is probably the best place to start here, then there are two close-by loop trails that are easy to walk and you will see a lot of nature. Take your binoculars. As well as water birds, there are a lot of butterflies, and of course a good selection of native plants.

There are numerous other trails a little further inland and in different places in the lagoon area.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank invertpaleo
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

The second trip here I didn't walk on the well-maintained paths, but sat comfortably on the second level deck of the Visitor's Center. From this vantage point with tables, chairs and a couch, you can see the Pacific and enjoy the coastal shrubs and birds. The only drawback is limited parking and current construction that has closed some of the trails. However, on the deck on a weekend this all fades away as you can relax and enjoy nature.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

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.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank BlueNWashington
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Reviewed March 14, 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 trail running.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed February 10, 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.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank yogiacomo
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