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Cabrillo Tide Pools, San Diego

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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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  • Thoroughly enjoyed my time here, even if it was cut short for other reasons. walking along the sea level cliffs, watching the ocean crash on the shore, seeing the tide pools and natural erosion of the...  more »
  • What a wonderful find this was. Totally unexpected but fascinating. It was an alien world and a great place to explore. I would definitely recommend this trip. I would love to visit this area again. D...  more »
  • We had so much fun at the tide pools! Be sure to check tide levels before visiting and arrive before the low tide and explore all the plant and animal life. We also found a few very knowledgeable and ...  more »