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Cabrillo Tide Pools

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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“water shoes”(8 reviews)
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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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San Diego, CA
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All reviews sea life water shoes nature lovers national park light house per vehicle waves crashing on the rocks hiking trails parking is limited point loma entry fee parking spot visitor center beautiful area lots of fun anemones
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Sandy F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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.

1  Thank svdelosreyes
Reviewed 28 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

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

Thank Eclipsegroupie
Reviewed 19 August 2018

On a hot windy day we drove down from the Cabrillo monument to the parking for this series of tidal pools. Parking is adequate and the restrooms are primitive. We wanted to see all of the pools but the footing on the stretch from parking...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 13 August 2018

If visiting here be sure you check tide schedule. Go when the tide is low or you will NOT see any tide pool.

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

This area is off the main drag to the Cabrillo Monument. The parking can be sparse, but worth the battle. The trails and rocky walkway is not for everyone. The crashing ocean and breezes are great! The current lighthouse is in this area with some...More

Thank ExploringViking96
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Tide pools are on the opposite side of the peninsula from the visitor center and monument, so after entering the park and paying your admission fee, look for the road that veers to the right. Tide pools are best seen at low tide, so check...More

1  Thank rduinc
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Access to the national park is $15.00, keep your receipt and you can return using the receipt for 7 dyas. There is a gravel walkway with a rope border to easily access the tide pools. There is a volunteer at the entrance to the trails,...More

Thank Ed B
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Angela C
26 November 2017|
Response from Thomas G | Reviewed this property |
Winter. You can go in summer and still get awesome shorelines to explore.