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Shell Beach Tide Pools

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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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part of the paseo

This is also located at the paseo. If you prepare for a trip to La Jolla, you do not have to search... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maximilian H
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Gothenburg, Sweden
Nice

There is a lot of life when the tide is out. Crabs birds and other things. There was a little... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
LostALot22
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Lombard, Illinois
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
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“clams” (22 reviews)
“sea life” (11 reviews)
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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is also located at the paseo. If you prepare for a trip to La Jolla, you do not have to search the sights, everything is located at the paseo, you cannot miss anything important.

Thank Maximilian H
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

There is a lot of life when the tide is out. Crabs birds and other things. There was a little octopus or something trapped in a shallow hole. All in all it's pretty fun.

Thank LostALot22
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Lots of children playing on the beach, looking for crabs, fish, etc Nice picture spot! Very beautiful, the day was hot and very nice!

Thank nabeab
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Choose your time of day (e.g. low tide if you want tide pools) and your time of year (sometimes there's a load of sand and sometimes it's mainly rocks). There are fantastic tide pools to explore, beach to race down, and a small "cave" at...More

Thank BE_Travelin
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Well we took the concrete stairs that were marked shell beach to the bottom and there was a really small patch of sand and a few large rocks. No shells, no rode pools to speak of. Maybe we were there at the wrong time of...More

Thank jkzoo
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This was a great day outing with family. Had amazing time looking at all of the sea life in the pools. Also was impressed that they had a guide there handing out information flyers on the pools and answering questions. This is great fun for...More

Thank Steven L
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Very tiny, not many shells while we were there but beautiful just the same. Neat little beach that you access via stairs.

Thank 312MaryAnn
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Our kids had a blast exploring the tide pools. They loved seeing the fish, small crabs, sea lions and birds. We would have stayed longer but needed a bathroom and the ones at the beach were closed for maintenance.

1  Thank robbieelison
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We spent 2 hours here at low tide. Our kids were so upset when we had to leave (because of our 2 hour parking spot). Parking was a nightmare, but totally worth it. Bring your water shoes. It's slippery. We spent the whole time getting...More

2  Thank Beckibecka
Reviewed 25 May 2017

A great area for exploring the tide pools at low tide. You will see crabs, small fish, snails, the occasional star fish and sea anemones. Be careful it is very slippery. So, wear the appropriate foot wear.

4  Thank Mike O
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Henry s
2 August 2017|
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Response from 2beans2000 | Reviewed this property |
Formally, there is to be no removal of anything from coastal parks or properties, so no shells, rocks, sea animals (starfish, anemones, etc.). With that being said, I think there are probably small caches of memory-shells... More
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gili
10 March 2016|
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Response from invertpaleo | Reviewed this property |
There is a steep flight of concrete steps from street level to the beach. If you get there at a very low tide indeed, there will be a large expanse of shallow water (not exactly your classic tide pools) with lots of... More
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