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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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Beautiful

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Los Gatos, California
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Los Gatos, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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316 reviews 316 reviews
90 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Best part of out trip to this area. On a Wednesday late afternoon we nearly had the place the to our selves.

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Lincoln, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Fun to walk on this beach and explore the tide pools and other wonders . Just after the parking lot is some picnic tables for a nice lunch or snack.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I visited in September on an overcast day. I think overcast is normal, but that doesn't diminish the experience. It was a great little area to go explore. A neighborhood park. You can get your feet wet and tromp through the tidal pools, and stop and observe. If you bring your pointy stick, you can point only, no sticking! Harbor... More 

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