Carambola Tide Pools

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Carambola Tide Pools
4.5
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TaylorMarie M
Connecticut523 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
My husband and I just hiked the 2.7 mile (each way) hike to the tide pools. FYI parking situation is a bit tight. I’d recommend doing the hike earlier in the AM for better parking AND much better to do before the hottest time of day, the hike is not for the mobility challenged or young children. Trail is very narrow at times with many steep inclines/declines. There are many opportunities to take photos from the beautiful look outs. The beach before the tide pools is entirely rocky- be careful taking steps. We only went to the first tide pool after being warned by locals the Danger of going beyond that. I think that is a wise idea- people have drowned going to the other tide pools. Not worth the risk in my opinion. I would recommend this challenging hike as the natural beauty of of the cliffs/beach is breathtaking!!!
Written April 6, 2022
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Kevin
Des Moines, IA3 contributions
Jan 2021
A very unique excursion and a nice way to spend a few hours. To get to the resort were you park it was a fairly straight forward process, however the guards at the gate lead us and at least 3 other groups completely astray with their bad directions. There's a small lot were you can park just outside of the Carambola resort gate. From there you follow a road way for a little while until you reach a trail head cut into the dense vegetation. The guard told us to just follow the road and it'll take you directly to the pools. This worked, however the road is not the most direct route and very hilly/ It took 2+ hours versus 45 minutes trek if you take the trail. The road is impassable unless you have Wrangler with a beefed up suspension or similar.

While there the water was rushing over the walls every couple of minutes and created the opportunity for amazing photos. Some of the waves got kind of heavy and our phone ended up getting wet trying to get a picture a little too close. This ended up causing issues so be careful with the phones if you're in the water. One group of people were over by the tidal pools just outside of the main ones and the same wave that got our phone, threw them to the ground and they ended up with some nice bruises.
Written January 12, 2021
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Katie B
Hudsonville, MI26 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
I'm so glad we did this hike! It took about 45 minutes each way without stopping much. It's not a super easy hike... It has some pretty steep inclines. Wear hiking shoes or ones with decent support as it is rocky and uneven. Once you get down to the tide pools it's worth it! We went early... Started about 8am... And had them to ourselves for about 30 minutes before other people started showing up. Only thing is I thought there would be multiple pools but it's really just one big one.

You will need to climb over rocks to get to the actual pools so shoes with good traction are helpful.
Written May 26, 2021
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pbcurtiss
Nashville, TN81 contributions
May 2021
We did this the morning of our last day and it was a favorite. I would consider the hike moderate as there are up hills and it is 2.7 miles each way. It is well marked and the Carambola gate guard will tell you how to find it. There was one couple there when we arrived, then we had it to ourselves to explore. Tides were low and we were able to climb over to the smaller pools as well. When you get to the rocky beach before climbing over the black rocks, pause and listen. The rocks rolling against each other with the waves makes a beautiful windchime sound.
Written May 10, 2021
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gary b
5 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Awesome tidle pools. Take a little more time and climb over to the live pools. You cannot get in these and the rocks are sharp but they are cool.
About the hike. Unless you are in excellent physical heath, do not hike. There are jeep tours . Also, this would be impossible for young children.
Written May 25, 2021
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Abigail L
43 contributions
Feb 2020
My family and I went into this hike having read a lot of reviews and blog posts about how to find the trail, this is a hike where it is very important to be prepared! I would stress that you should not rely just on the guard at the resort to tell you where the trail head is. The trail is off the paved road and does have a sign marking it as going to the tide pools but its kind of hidden in the brush. This is a narrow dirt path that can be very steep in parts, I would not recommend it for families with young children. But if you go into it having done your research, wearing good shoes, and bringing lots of water you will have a great time!
Written February 12, 2020
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Kari S
Cedar Rapids, IA11 contributions
Mar 2021
We decided we wanted to hike to the tide pools. The hike was definitely strenuous and I would recommend good sturdy shoes. As per a few YouTube videos I watched before vacation, we took a dry bag with water shoes, small towels, snacks, and water. I also packed a small first aid kit. The pinnacle views on the hike looking out at the ocean were incredible. When we arrived, we met another couple who had braved the high waves to go the smaller pools beyond the first two pools. They told us not to risk it and just enjoy the large pool that's pictured. I did have the forethought to check the high/low tide schedule. Having never been there before, we didn't know what to expect, however, according to the couple we met on the beach, the waves were quite high that day. We changed into our water shoes and carefully negotiated the rocks leading to the pools. The water was refreshing and we're glad to have had our water shoes. This hike is very rewarding. I would recommend watching a view videos to get a sense of what you're getting yourself into. I'm glad I did. Overall, we are glad we did the hike.
Written March 24, 2021
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Nc3grlsmom
Graham, NC7 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Moderate hike through the rain forest well worth it as it opens onto a beautiful beach. Tide pools only accessible at low tide. Water shoes recommended for scrambling over rocks to the pools. About 5miles round trip.
Written February 17, 2022
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claudkalin
3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
No one should enter the tide pools even at low tide - we witnessed a drowning/major injury. Horribly sad & there is no posted signage about the dangers of the climb around the rocks. Please use extreme caution - maybe it’s just the day we went, but it’s very dangerous.
Written September 8, 2021
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GimmeBeaches
St. Croix71 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
As advised, speak with the guard at the gate to the Renaissance carambola resort. She gave great directions on how to find the trailhead. From there, it is a moderately strenuous hike as advertised, and well worth every calorie expended. Getting down to the tide pools far exceeded our expectations. It is approximately an hour to get down to the tide pools. Bring water shoes! Make your life easy climbing over slippery rocks with this inexpensive purchase. As other guests have advised, keep your eye on the ocean and don't get into the tide pools if the sea is rough. We were lucky and had beautiful calm water. This adventure is not to be missed, the scenery alone is more breathtaking than any movie you have seen.
Written March 24, 2021
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