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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Moss Beach

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  • First of all you must check to know when there will be very low tides and then time your vist to coincide with the low tides. this is not an easy place to find. We had difficulty even with GPS but wel...  more »
  • This is a great spot to bring kids to learn about marine life. Binoculars are a must for the sea lions since visitors are kept 300' away. Also, for tidal pool exploration, you must go at the lowest lo...  more »
  • Stopped here to check out the tide pools. It's a nice area but it's heavily policed by the reserve security guard. You can't touch any animals in the tide pools, pick up rocks, etc. It was cool seeing...  more »
  • A lot has been already said about this place so I'll keep this short. You have to visit this place once when you are in Bay area. This is such a unique place with a colourful and beautiful underwater world that you can observe in the tide pools. Only thing to check before visiting is the time for low tides. I went there twice on the same day once during a high tide and once during a low tide and there is a very significant difference between the number of tide pools you can see at both times.
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a beautiful beach/park. I went to this reserve with a school class. The rangers have incredible respect for nature, wonderful knowledge, and work with children well. We had the opportunity to see seals, urchins, sea anemone, and many other sea critters as we went tide pooling! The only negative is that it is hard to find this location. There is no sign indicating that the park exists at the street entrance, so you need to make sure you're looking for the street sign of Vermont Ave. Overall this is a fantastic location to take kids and family.
  • Great place to see some ocean life (anemones, sea stars, crabs, hermit crabs, muscle beds, habit seals, ...) Just make sure to google the tide chart, so you can come at low tide. Otherwise, there's not much to see.
  • You get the best of both worlds here. Walk through a forest of trees, hangout at the tidepools, or walk along the beach. Pbb one of our favorite spots to hangout at! I even had my engagement pictures here!!
  • Great place to go see little marine creatures and occasionally seals. Check out the tide schedule on their site to plan your visit; lowest/negative tide is best. There's also a very pretty 15-20min hike up the coast to the Moss Beach Distillery (call ahead to reserve a table with a view, it gets busy at lunch time)

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