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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Address: 200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Phone Number: 415-728-3584
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Activities: Picnicking, Hiking
Description: Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

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Nice spot for low tide and seals

At low tide you can see some amazing sea life. It is also a place where seals and pups like to beach themselves, which sometimes makes it so you can't walk down the beach. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Burlingame, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

At low tide you can see some amazing sea life. It is also a place where seals and pups like to beach themselves, which sometimes makes it so you can't walk down the beach. There is a beautiful trail above the beach through old cypress and you can look down on the seals. Nice bathrooms and picnic areas too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This place is really cool. Go at low tide and get to see the tide pools and the seals. The park ranger was very nice and knowledgeable. This is great fun for kids.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a wonderful place for coastal views and walks, whether along a sandy beach, along rocky tide pools, or through shady forest along the top of the cliff. Gorgeous views from the cliff top, including views of resident harbor seals sunning themselves on the beach below. First beach area with tidal pools is very near parking lot. Second beach... More 

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ohiohorselover
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We were looking for a beach with tide pools for our young marine biologist to explore. This place delivered! The naturalists' stand included laminated sheets you could borrow to determine what kind of marine life you were seeing. There were also bathrooms at the parking lot (parking is free). There are many signs on the short walk down to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

It's hard to believe that this quiet slice of the coast is less than 20 miles from San Francisco. Within a half mile, all connected by a scenic and easy walking trail, are Moss Beach, tidal pools, a beach covered with seals, a coastal forest, and some amazing vistas. If you visit at low tide, you can walk around the... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

During low tide, this is one of the best places to look at the Tide Pools because it is so easily accessible by almost all ages and abilities. Very short walk and you are at the tide pools and the tide pools stretch all along the beach. You will also likely see seals out on the rocks - and that... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This reserve along hiway 1 is beautiful ! They have a small paring lot and we were lucky to find a spot. Come and meander along the trail with this forest surrounding you and it opens down to the coastal side! When we got there the rangers have blocked off a side of the beach line bec of the seals... More 

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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

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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