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Cabrillo Tide Pools, San Diego

Categories: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Observe sea life in its natural habitat at Cabrillo Tide Pools, accessible by a 1.6 km (1 mi) hike on the western side of Point Loma. Take in views of rugged sea cliffs, see delicate ocean ecosystems at work, and search for local plants and animals. During low tide, pools of water collect in pockets near the shore, and in them you can view octopi, barnacles, and more hidden creatures. Strolling along the shore beside these tide pools is a wonderful way to discover the coast, but be careful not to slip on mossy rocks. The website advises to consult with an onsite ranger or volunteer before your short hike to ensure you don't harm this sensitive environment. Make Cabrillo Tide Pools a centerpiece of your San Diego vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Diego holiday planner.
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  • Negatives: We arrived near low tide, but it wasn't low enough to create as many pools as we had hoped it would. Also, there was a fair amount of people up and down the coast. Positives: We did discove...  read more »
  • To ensure a good experience here time your arrival for near low tide as to be able to access the pools. There are benches along the shore where you can sit and ocean or people watch. Be advised that p...  read more »
  • Maybe it was high tide, but I didn't see any tidepools, and I had just recently been to Yachats, Or, which has amazing waterfront formations and this was like nothing. 
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