Tide Pools

  • Cabrillo National Park | Point Loma | Famous for more than its historical connection to Juan Cabrillo & it’s stellar views of San Diego Bay. It is also home to truly amazing tide pools. Turn right onto Cabrillo Road before reaching the parking area of the Cabrillo Monument, and you’ll find a parking area near the coastline, where there is no beach except at low tides. Lobster, a variety of sea stars and even octopus have been spotted here as the tide is retreating, the prime time for discovery!
  • La Jolla Shores | La Jolla | The easy-going counterpart to the rough waves and harsh rocky coastline of its other La Jolla beach counterparts… until low tide when the rocky reef is exposed. Fascinating sea-life thrives in the La Jolla Underwater Park, comprised of the Ecological Reserve and the Marine Life Refuge, and the unique topography of La Jolla’s shoreline keeps the protected critters closer than you might think.
  • Tide Beach | Solana Beach | A low-tide treat!  The reef in this tiny cove just south of Cardiff’s beaches is a treasure-trove of discovery – in fact, one could park at South Cardiff State Beach and avoid the stairs… but incur the day use fee. Situated in between to two access points, the reef also known as Tabletops is a popular destination during low tide in North County.