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Cabrillo Tide Pools, San Diego
(4.2/5 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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  • If you happened to be nearby during low tide - it's ok to stop by and see some star fish and crabs, but if you have more time - go to La Jolla Cove instead. You'll see more wild life (including tide p...  more »
  • We we went at a 2ft tide not much of a tide pool. Volunteer said we need to be that at a minus 1 tide. It was worth the drive the cave was closed when we went. The views of the ocean after a storm are...  more »
  • The drive to the pools is found immediately as you enter the park. We parked in the first lot and walked up to the second. The walk was gorgeous and along the way we saw seals, sea lions, and shore bi...  more »