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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Address: P.O. Box 451, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Phone Number: 415-728-3584
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Description: Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

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Wonderful at high or low tide

If you go at low tide, you can checkout the great tidal pools. We ended up getting there at high tide but were still in for a treat. Beautiful scenery and lots of seals! I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you go at low tide, you can checkout the great tidal pools. We ended up getting there at high tide but were still in for a treat. Beautiful scenery and lots of seals! I guess at the time we were there was a seal resting area nearby and there were lots of them playing/swimming in the water in front... More 

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Humble, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Our group arrived early in the morning during low tide. Our group was divided into small groups with a guide assigned for each group. We then proceeded to walk along the cliff thru a cypress forest ... with the misty fog it was quite eerie and beautiful. We then walked down stairs to the beach and headed across the rocks... More 

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Camping permits available via San Mateo Parks Dept for this seal breeding ground and beach. The tidepooling here can not be beat, consult your tidetables for best views and eat at Half Moon Bay airport for breakfast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Great spot to see untouched marine life at the Pacific Coast. Going early really pays off and be attentive to make sure you visit at low tide. This is a California hidden gem!

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Lodi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Small parking lot so get there early. Nice visitors center, bathrooms and staff. Most of the area was closed for the seals who were on shore with their pups. Sat on bench and had a nice picnic. Tide was high so no tide pools to see that day, but a very nice place to sit and be.

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Lots of marine life in the tide pools to look at, no luck today with any starfish, but TONS of seals to watch and great even for overcast weather!

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New Albany, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This was my first tide pool experience so I have nothing to compare it to. As the tide recedes, marine life are caught and or settle in pools in the rocky areas, ridges and crevices on the beach. You will likely see various crab species, sea anemone, coral, snails, mussels, urchins, etc. Who knows what you will see and find.... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The tidepools are OK, nothing special. Nice park area with washrooms and picnic tables. It's free so if you are in the area stop by, but don't make a special trip. Too many people were stomping in the tidepools even though it is posted not to do that.

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Easy access...tide pools, small beach area.....beautiful. You can stay as long or as short as you'd like. Walking paths up above reveal the seals down below.

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Pacifica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We love Fitzgerald - used to hang out there and explore the tide pools even before they provided stepped access, paved parking lot, and a working bathroom. Now it's even better. That being said, it can be CROWDED on weekends. If you're going to plan a trip, check the tide tables and look for a minus tide so that the... More 

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Address: Address: P.O. Box 451, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Phone Number: 415-728-3584
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Moss Beach

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