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Border Field State Park, San Diego

(3.8/5 based on 30 reviews on the web)
Border Field State Park is a state park of California, United States, containing beach and coastal habitat on the Mexico–United States border. The park is located within the city limits of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, adjacent to the suburb of Playas de Tijuana in Mexico. It is the southwesternmost point of the contiguous United States and is also the southernmost point in the state of California. Immediately adjacent is the monument marking the Initial Point of Boundary Between U.S. and Mexico.HistoryThe Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending the war between the United States and Mexico. It provided that the new international border between the two countries be established by a joint United States and Mexican Boundary Survey. The commission began its survey at Border Field.HabitatThe Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve contains much of Border Field State Park and is an important wildlife habitat. The salt and freshwater marshes give refuge to migrating waterfowl and resident wading birds, such as black-necked stilt, American avocet, green-winged teal, American wigeon and pelicans. The park offers hiking, horse trails, surf fishing and birding.
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TripAdvisor
  • My wife and I have traveled around the country and have visited many State and National parks within the U.S. While this park could use some TLC, it is by far our favorite. We went on a chilly day and...  more »
  • Considering there was we decided on an unexpected time on the border. At the exit of the Highway 5 was a buzzing with activity and cost it up to $10 per hour to park the car. But then further along the border toward the ocean and eventually to this park. In short: Magnificent view around, cozy with the banks and shade sails, the border so close that you can touch and little to no people so very quiet and enjoy the sunset!
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  • I found this a very intriguing place to visit and stand right by the fences bordering the US and Mexico. It was an eye opener and a lot of families go here to interact with their familes on the Mexico...  more »
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  • This is a hidden gem. Of all the parks I've visited this seemed like the least visited which is a shame. The park is the most south western point of the US with great views of the ocean and Tijuana. The adjacent beach is quiet and secluded.
  • It was a great experience to touch the people's pinky finger behind the fence. Walking along the beach with my husband and kiddos. The ambiance is so quiet and peaceful. I like the place I want to go back there again.
  • Very peaceful and quiet walk from the parking lot, up over the little hill down to the beach. Went on a Sunday and learned that's when the huge gate is opened for a short while, enabling folks on the US side to get to the other fence that is barring the Mexican side. Saw families placing their hands on the fence as if to touch their loved ones on the other side while talking to them. Very touching.
  • A fascinating, yet sad reminder of how this kind of fences artificially separate what mother nature claims to be as one. At this spot you can see squirrels, seagulls, doves freely crossing side to side, while human beings are only allowed to speak to each other through a metal fence a few hours on saturdays and sundays, no touching permitted.
  • What a sad run down place that tries to cover up the nastiness of the border wall. No wonder that nobody is here because it constantly reminds you of the dark ages of mankind. I am from Germany and this wall reminds me of the fence between the two former German countries. Only soldiers with guns and mine fields are missing.