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There’s no shortage of breathtaking views to enjoy when vacationing in San Diego. Watch the sunset from the rooftop pool at InterContinental San Diego. See if you can spot whales off the coast. Another memorable way to explore the beauty of the San Diego region is going bird watching. There are numerous spots near our bayfront hotel known for being home to countless species.

3 of the Best Birding Spots

San Diego County is home to over 520 species. There are several places near downtown San Diego that are known for being prime bird watching locations. 

San Elijo Lagoon

Roughly 40 percent of the bird species in North America have visited San Elijo Lagoon inside the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve and Nature Center. Ecological. Some visitors include threatened species like the western snowy plover, California least tern, and others. This spot hosts bird walks on Saturdays.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Located within city limits, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve hosts free nature walks every Saturday. Join other bird enthusiasts as you explore the park to see how many species you can spot. This natural attraction is known for red-tailed hawks, northern mockingbirds, and mourning dove.

Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve & Northern Wildlife Preserve

Found on the northern edge of Mission Bay rests the Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve and Northern Wildlife Preserve. Both the light-footed clapper rail and Belding’s savannah sparrow, two endangered species, depend on the marsh.

Enjoy a Scenic California Getaway to San Diego

Whether bird watching at a local natural attraction or setting sail on a cruise, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the beauty of San Diego. Take in even more breathtaking views by staying at InterContinental San Diego.

The rooms at our luxury waterfront hotel feature floor-to-ceiling windows that show off the San Diego Bay or skyline. Some of our incredible on-site dining options are great for both dinner and a show as you watch the sun sink into the horizon. Call 619-501-9400 to learn more about our downtown San Diego hotel or ways to save on your next visit.

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