Border Field State Park

If you want an experience that is truly like no other, I recommend heading down to Border Field State Park. This is the southernmost beach in CA, right on the border of Mexico. Sure, there are lots of places you can visit throughout the southwest United States that border Mexico, but this one is unique, because it is on the western coast of both countries. And because our charming governments want to make sure everyone stays in their appropriate country, they have constructed an actual fence along the border, extending all the way out into the ocean.

1005376_10201070832626976_636335144_n

On the United States side of the fence, the beach is completely desolate, and they recommend not swimming due to unsafe conditions.

1184923_10201070831666952_1843167184_n

558824_10201070833186990_1830226467_n

But on the Mexico side, it was party town! Music was blaring, food was grilling, and families were splashing around in the ocean.

555788_10201070839267142_925790318_n

We wandered over to the fence and talked to some of the people on the other side. It’s a pretty cool feeling, talking to someone in another country face-to-face.

1176217_10201070835827056_661130619_n

However, the US side of the fence is heavily guarded, and it wasn’t long before the border patrol made us back away from the fence and told us we weren’t allowed to stand that close to it.

995480_10201070837467097_1456059320_n

945977_10201070836787080_447539511_n

998456_10201070832186965_1905086440_n

1157414_10201070861147689_170708793_n

1185927_10201070861187690_1896011513_n

581048_10201070835347044_1403993463_n

This isn’t a beach to visit if you are looking for a fun, quintessential beach day. This one is better visited as an interesting glimpse into the political/social division of two neighboring countries, and to see how different two sides of the same fence can be.

Want to check it out? Information on visiting Border Field State Park can be found here.

Author: Natalie Bates

LA-based freelance writer | Blogger | Craft beer drinker | Rock 'n roll girlfriend | Adventurer | Lover of tattoos, red lipstick, and popcorn | World traveler | Compassionate human | Photography enthusiast | Eco warrior | Celtic babe ❤️

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s