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Cabrillo Tide Pools, San Diego

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Geologic Formation Hiking Trail
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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  • $10 for entrance into the National Park (or if you walk or bike in, it's $5 each). We didn't see anything much in the tide pools, but there's a beautiful walk with great views! I was told that it's im...  more »
  • Definitely one of our favorites during our San Diego visit. Great photo ops at the monument on top of the point and at the tide pools below. Tips: *Arrive at monument 2.5 hours before low tide. Get yo...  more »
  • 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 »