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Cabrillo Tide Pools

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A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the ride down to see the Tide Pools you will not regret it. My kids and I spent a couple of hours enjoying the area.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bevans130
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed watching the waves break as they came in along the tide pools. It was a nice break to hike and explore the area along the ocean as low tide approached.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Fearless42616340901
Reviewed 3 November 2018

They will see so much sea life in the tidal pools! Take photos to discuss what they are seeing to discuss later at home and make it into a hands-on learning experience about our sea life and environment!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank SanDiegoGuy1
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Great place to go with kids and explore the tide pool life. Enter just before you enter the Cabrillo National Monument/Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is also fun to go see, but it cost you $5.00 unless you have one of those "Senior" pass - which you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Patrick K
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Low tide (IMHO) is the best time to visit because you can see more. Be careful of the slippery rocks. Try to visit during the week, not on the weekends. Until about 6 years ago, it was free, but the State of CA decided that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Joel B
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Hike the area and you will feel at peace , If you love the outdoors you must go here , this is one of San Diego hidden gems , Most people by past this as they head for the lighthouse,but don’t Nothing but beautiful mostly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 945sandyf
Reviewed 18 September 2018

I used to take my kids to these tide pools when I lived in San Diego. They, and I, love them! Lots of 'fun' critters to look at and touch (gently). Very educational for young children and lots of fun!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 237kathyo
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Before going check the tide chart because if you get there at high tide, you’ll not be able to walk in the pools and see the interesting sea creatures that live there.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank svdelosreyes
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Cabrillo National Monument may be less well known and less glamorous than La Jolla Cove, and it doesn't have the sea lions, but for sheer beauty, it has it beat. We didn't see the tide pools because we went in August, but seeing the waves...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank plaza613
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We went to Carillo to see the tide pools, but the walks do not include any tide pools. Lovely vistas of the ocean but none of the things we'd expected to see with our little ones (1, 4). Find another place to walk is my...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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26 November 2017|
Response from Thomas G | Reviewed this property |
Winter. You can go in summer and still get awesome shorelines to explore.