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Cabrillo Tide Pools

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Address: San Diego, CA
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life...
A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.
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Beautiful coastal views, gorgeous colors-dog friendly!

$5 buys entrance to the Cabrillo National Monument for the entire week. The hike down to the tide pools is about half a mile. My 7 and 10 pound dogs enjoyed it thoroughly, as did... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
maboffey
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Columbia, Maryland

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

$5 buys entrance to the Cabrillo National Monument for the entire week. The hike down to the tide pools is about half a mile. My 7 and 10 pound dogs enjoyed it thoroughly, as did we. The trail to the tide pools is the only pet friendly area of the Cabrillo National Monument, so you may want to plan a... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

These tides pools are located in Point Loma at the tip and are teeming with life and color. If you want exercise you can walk down the road from the top at Cabrillo Nat'l Monument or park at the bottom. The weather in San Diego is always sunny (unless you hit "Marine layer" months) and can be chilly so bring... More 

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Glendale, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Completely worth the time. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous ocean views! Cost only $5 for National Park fee and it's good for 5 days from the date you pay. Be sure to check out the lighthouse as well when you are there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The tide was up at noon in July. Not that special place in my opinion. I wish they would have a bit longer hikes.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is an awesome way to spend several hours, climbing around on the rocks and looking for interesting sea life in the tide pools. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes as anything else will have you slipping all over the place and getting hurt. Be sure to use sun screen too! We've found sea cucumbers, baby octopi, and lots of... More 

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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you are in the area, this is a must see. For a $5 week pass, you can take your family to the tidepools during low tide and see the historic Cabrillo museum and statue at the top of the mountain overlooking the ocean. On your way you pass the Fort Rosecrans national cemetery. We didn't see much in the... More 

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west of Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We missed the low tide and the chance for the best viewing, but it was still pretty amazing! Guides were very friendly and knowledgeable

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The tide pools are only visible during low tide, and when the tide is under a foot. The two times I've been here, the tide hasn't been low enough, but the hiking around the area is great regardless, and there's still a few tide pools you can see from a distance.

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York, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I really liked the place. even though we went at high tide. it was really cool seeing the waves crashing into the cliffs, we would go again!!

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Naperville, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Timed our visit for low tide so it would hopefully have the most to see. Most of the tide pools were completely devoid of any kind of sea life at all. Saw a couple of baby lobsters, a few crabs, and not much else. When I first visited years ago the tide pools were chock full of all kinds of... More 

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Additional Information about Cabrillo Tide Pools

Address: San Diego, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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