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Cabrillo Tide Pools

Address: San Diego, CA
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$39*
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour
91%
Ranked #51 of 500 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of water, Geologic formations, Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea...
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Type: Bodies of water, Geologic formations, Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We just happened to stumble upon the tide pools. They are right down the street from the new Point Loma lighthouse. We visited the Cabrillo National Monument, say a short whale documentary at the visitor's center, visited the old Point Loma Lighthouse and then drove around the corner to the tide pools. Such a gorgeous spot. A must see if... More 

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Coupeville, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Make sure to plan your trip an hour before low tide so you can take advantage of the beauty under the surface. However, also make sure to bring your walking shoes as my girlfriend tumbled 10 feet down a slippery cliff and needed stitches. Warning! Phones roam to Mexico and there is no signal most of the time.

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

this is a great place to visit. You can watch all kinds of animals: crabs, anemones, sea cucumbers and sea stars. You will also see a lot of shore birds. If you come at sunset you will see many Pelicans flying in from a day of fishing. You will get wet so water shoes and towels will help. The rocks... More 

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San Diego, California
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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Beautiful scenic drive down to ocean. If tides are low enough, kids can go to tidepools and to the beach that shows up at low tide. If your kids love the water, you may want to put them in a bathing suit or wetsuit so they can play in the water. Either way bring towels to dry off or to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Great walk on the cliffs and among the tidal pools, nice views throughout. A spare pair of shoes for kids could be helpful.

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Deerfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Visited here in March 2014, we checked the web to see the best time to visit the tide pools and it was very accurate.....the time the tide was coming in and when the tide pools would be the most visible. I love this spot and I will visit again. I had the unfortunate experience of having my cell phone alerting... More 

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Tenafly, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Beautiful spot. Nice trail. Dogs on leash. Nice to watch the huge waves splash over the rocks. Didn't see any tide pools though. Guess it wasn't the right time of year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

This is a great place for kids, dogs, families, couples or friends. This place is a gem that not many tourists know about!

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Hoxie, Arkansas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

My husband and I exploring the tide pools. We walked around on the rocks and enjoyed watching the waves. The views are breathtaking in this area. Definitely a must see if you enjoy the beach and watching the waves crash on the rocks. Nature lovers will enjoy this trip.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We went at low tide with our dog and loved it. Went back in the morning the next day when no one was around and got some of the best pictures, ever! The view is breath taking of the Pacific ocean and of the rocks. We loved our pics and loved this place! We will continue to return and return... More 

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