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Cabrillo Tide Pools, San Diego

(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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  • The tide pools and surrounding scenery were breathtaking. It's best if you can time your visit to be there at low tide, but every other person in the area has the same idea as you. The parking lot is ...  more »
  • We brought our kids to the tide pools and it was so worth it! There were so many tiny creatures living in the tide pools and we even saw small sharks in the water near the tide pools. Very fun afterno...  more »
  • We were following the 'scenic route' to take in some of the sites we may had missed on earlier visits - this was one. Requiring a $10 entrance to the National Park, valid for return up to 5 days, it a...  more »