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Botanical Beach

British Columbia, Canada
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Type: National Parks, Beaches
Activities: Surfing
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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The power of the ocean. Sandstone beach. Tide pools. Forest walk. Access is an issue since it is literally at the end of the road! And the road is a winding highway which has single lane bridges. The road washes out occasionally in the spring and fall, so come in good weather.

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Dundas, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

From the parking lot at the trailhead to the Juan de Fuca trail near Port Renfrew, it is about a 1 km hike down to Botanical Beach. We planned our visit so we had about 1.5 hours either side of low tide. The sun was poking through the clouds lighting up the coastal limestone shelf and deep pools filled with... More

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Wichita Falls
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Felt like we had discovered a secret treasure! About 1 hour north from Sooke, almost to Port Renfrow. Twisty, turning drive through forest with peeks at coast. Worth the drive but make sure to check tides so that you make it there to see tide pools. Anemones, sea stars, kelp, barnacles, amazing colors! Photos only for souvenirs! Not advisable for... More

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Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Spent the day poking around the beach. Awesome tidal pools, stunning rock formations and a great little hike through the rain forest. We had a brilliant day. Be sure to check the tide tables before you head out.

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

On our recent vacation to VC Island, we took a detour to Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew, just to see the tide pools. My wife and I are big nature people, and had read about the amazing tide pools that existed there. We scouted out the area one day before during high tide, and even then, we were amazed at... More

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New Mexico
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75 reviews 75 reviews
44 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

POSITIVES: ♦ Stunning scenery. Great seascapes, rocky crags, lovely waves crashing in. ♦ Good tidal life in the pools. The real attraction here are the many "potholes" carved into the stone landings (for want of a better word). They are deep and teeming with inter-tidal life. It's like looking into hundreds of mini-aquariums. The number of starfish and sea anemone... More

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Centennial, CO
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34 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a fantastic experience at low tide when the tide pools are exposed along a long and sometimes rocky shelf. There is an abundance of marine life to see and the tide pools are everywhere. Check the tide tables and keep an eye peeled for the rogue swell as you don’t want to get washed onto the rocks. Many... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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150 reviews 150 reviews
22 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The hike to Botanical Beach is beautiful walking through temperate rainforest. Once at the beach you can walk on the rocks and check out the creatures left in the tide pools. Mussels, Oysters, Clams, & Sea Anemoneas as well as small fish live in these tide pools. A very cool place that is definitely worth checking out!

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Sacramento, California
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21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If you like to visit tide pools, this is SO worth the drive. We love tide pools and have seen so many but nothing like this. Wear sensible shoes as you will be walking over sandstone which has great holes hewed out of it from dislodged boulders. The great big holes left from the dislodged boulders, some are more than... More

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Lindsay, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We loved showing the tidal pools to our Grandson. He was fascinated with all the sea life. You just have to be aware of the tides, and go when they are out.

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