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Cabrillo Tide Pools, San Diego

(4.3/5 based on 280+ 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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  • My son recently took me to the monument of Cabrillo and he recommended toe tide pools. This is a spectacular event that happens on a regular basis. I would highly recommend this event / scene to anyon...  more »
  • Make sure you find out when low tide is or else you won't see the tide pools. It is a beautiful spot on the ocean down the hill from the Cabrillo monument in Point Loma  more »
  • I was not sure what the tide pools were until we visited. Parking is limited but if you cannot find a spot in the first lot, keep driving cause there are 2 more lots. There are hiking trails all over,...  more »