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Cabrillo Tide Pools, San Diego

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#6 of 11 in Nature in 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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  • This is almost a hidden gem at Cabrillo National Monument. Somehow not everyone visiting Cabrillo will drive down the tidal pool and spend some time there. Well, you definitely should. The parking lot...  more »
  • This is a part of Cabrillo National Monument, which has a $15 entrance fee. It's very much worth the cost, as this is a great and beautiful place. I would wear clothes that you don't mind getting a li...  more »
  • This place was one of our favorite area in this San Diego Trip. You will regret if you don't see this sight. Sound of waves, wind ... very peaceful. Want to sit on the rock and just watch and hear nat...  more »

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