Staycations are becoming all the rage and a staycation in the South Bay can ‘pop,’ especially if you’re considering the Tijuana River Valley. Off-the-beaten-track, full of ranches, you can feel as though you’re a million miles from civilization, and yet you’re a stone’s throw away from downtown San Diego.
The area is not overrun by tourists, but there’s plenty to do. Hiking, horse back riding, picking vegetables at farms or lingering at the beach are all possibilities. Here’s a list of things to do on a leisurely Saturday & Sunday. Best of all, the weather is so mild here, you can enjoy these activities just about any time of year:
Suzie’s Farms: The TRV was once filled with farms. The dairy industry collapsed in the 1980’s and most farmers left. Suzie’s Farm continues the tradition, sub-leasing the property from the Swiss family Egger’s who have owned the property for three generations. Check Suzie’s website often. They offer many events throughout the year.
Wild Willow Farm: Suzie’s has expanded to collaborate with two entities adjacent to their property. Wild Willow Farm is an education center that has a farm school, events, workshops and an open house. They do excellent work and they make it fun for all ages as well.
TRV Community Garden: Wander through this gem where locals have their plots. You might spot an egret or wave to a group of friends lingering on their property eating some of their fresh produce. The concept itself makes it a worthy place to visit.
Ponyland: The TRV is filled with horse ranches, which hearkens back to the days when this area boarded the famed Seabiscuit and film stars such as John Wayne stayed in these parts before heading down to the racetracks in Tijuana. Pony land just opened up and has a petting zoo as well as, you guessed it, pony rides for kids.
San Diego Beach Rides: For adults and kids, you can horseback ride through the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park or take a ride all the way out to the beach. Either way, San Diego Beach Rides is the place where you can rent the horses.
The Tijuana River Valley Regional Park: There are three hiking trails for the TRV Regional Park. One begins across the street from the trailer that houses staff from the International Boundary & Water Commission.
The second trailhead is located along Monument Road. The ranger’s station is located there. You can get information and also take a look at their exhibit, which includes information about the Kumeyaay and the farmer who grew silk worms.
As the Rangers to take you to the third opening of the TRV located on Hollister Street near the Community Garden. The blue house contains a history exhibit about the area that’s worth a read.
You might even be able to find the historic military bunkers, provided you ask Border Patrol agents how to get there. (Don’t worry. They’re nice and helpful.)