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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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Fun tide pools to explore

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Kristi H
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Martinez, California
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Martinez, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Easy access via the woods before the carpark down some steps. - seals are often around. With the Moss Beach Distillery restaurant on the doorstep, what's not to like?!

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Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have been to many other tide pools and marine preserves and this one ranked the lowest, in my opinion. Yes, it has many wide open rocks for walking with the kids and searching for creatures, but it is so lacking in marine life that it is both disturbing and disappointing. There were about 300 people milling around the rocks... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Check the tides schedule so you know how much there will be to see. At various times of year there may be seals in a protected area. Great place for all ages to explore sea life in the tide pools. If elders use walkers etc - you may want to scout this out in advance.

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place was fantastic!!! Kids thought the tidal pools were very cool! It is a short walk down to the beach with some rock/sand stairs. You are walking mostly on rocks to see the tidal pools so good shoes that can get wet would be best. Bathrooms are right by the parking lot. We spent a couple of hours but... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The reserve has a reef that is exposed at minus tides. Looking for marine life in the intertidal zone is a wonderful experience because the reef is teeming with it: sea stars, nudibranchs, crabs, chitons, etc. The gulls and other marine birds such as the black oystercatchers are also in the area. And, of course, there are the California harbor... More 

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