Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Moss Beach

4.7
#61 of 219 in Beaches in California
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  • went early on a Saturday morning after a really low tide. lots of tide pool creatures to see, after spending some time on the rocks take a short walk over to seal cove via the bluff walkway a great wa...  more »
  • Walked from Pillar Point to the Reserve. Beautiful views. Live in Northern California & had been to other very cool tide pools. Researched this one & was excited to see it. Carefully noted & was there...  more »
  • There is easy access parking available with public bathrooms, everything clean and in good shape. there is a short walk to the ocean and you can easily get to the tidal pools. there are volunteers ava...  more »
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  • Beautiful hidden gem by Moss Beach. The trail we took went by the beach and then looped back to the parking lot. Not a lot of folks, so it was quiet and peaceful as we walked. A reserve watched by rangers, you may get the chance to catch some seals from above or on the low tide Beach. Don't bother them, as they're sensitive animals. Had a lot of fun at the beach and it looked like lots of families came to check out the tide pools. Love the scenery here! I would definitely come back!
  • This place is sheer Magic. Look up the tide tables before you go just go ahead and Google Fitzgerald tide tables. If a low tide is during daylight hours and one foot or lower definitely go. You and your kids can wander around on the Rocks be a few hundred feet away from seals and sea lions and enjoy a beautiful view. Not to miss just to yourself like a hundred yards is a bluff covered in lovely trees we call it the magical forest of my little boy. Just next to that down some stairs is our favorite beach in Half Moon Bay, always calm sand is perfect don't miss it. Then another hundred yards and you're at the Moss Beach Distillery sit outside have some yummy food.
  • Wear good gripy shoes, waterproof is recommended especially if you plan on walking on the expose rocks during low tide. There is a beautiful trail that winds through a forest (almost feels magical if you're there at sunset). It's a protected marine reserve so no collecting.
  • Beautiful place to take the family. The beach is great and the tide pools are amazing. The Park Rangers are awesome and they are very educated about the Marine Reserve. Stop by the Ranger Station and say hi.
  • A nice activity for families on a nice day. Went there after a friends recommendation, with anticipation to see a lot of see creatures on the low tide. It’s actually a hard work and very slippery- make sure to come wearing the right shoes. When you get in the area, if you want to see more things instead of going straight to the beach take the trail that leads to the stairs- the beach entrance is blocked and it’s the only way getting to the “good” area. Overall we enjoyed the beautiful sunset but would definitely recommend this as a family with small children activity.
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