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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038-9615
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Disappointing. Not much to see at (regular low tide on 5/13/18) vs. (really) low tide

Walked from Pillar Point to the Reserve. Beautiful views. Live in Northern California & had been to... read more

Reviewed May 14, 2018
LinVonCA
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Pleasanton, California
Nature and more nature

There is easy access parking available with public bathrooms, everything clean and in good shape... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2018
Eddie_the_Litho
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Boston,MA
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Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“harbor seals” (23 reviews)
“tidal pools” (21 reviews)
“low tide” (50 reviews)
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200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038-9615
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"hermit crabs"
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"star fish"
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"tide pooling"
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"sea life"
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"ranger station"
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"a small parking lot"
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"wear shoes with good traction"
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"small picnic area"
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Walked from Pillar Point to the Reserve. Beautiful views. Live in Northern California & had been to other very cool tide pools. Researched this one & was excited to see it. Carefully noted & was there at low tide, but there was almost nothing to...More

2  Thank LinVonCA
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

There is easy access parking available with public bathrooms, everything clean and in good shape. there is a short walk to the ocean and you can easily get to the tidal pools. there are volunteers available to point out interesting sea life in the pools...More

Thank Eddie_the_Litho
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Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

This gem is within walking distance of my friends home! Came here the first day and walked up to lookout. Absolutely beautiful & peaceful. Only saw a few seals on the beach & a few more swimming. Beautiful change from the snow in Michigan!

Thank Dawn M
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

This is a relatively compact marine reserve with a beautiful view. This isn't necessarily the place to come for fun and sun in the sand. This is a marine reserve with allot of beach closed off for marine mammal protection. Parking is free and there's...More

Thank 7,268
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

We went to the tidepools right at low tide and really experienced how large the area is. We saw beautiful sea life, including sea stars and sea urchins! We also were very close to the sea lions and their pups. It was such a wonderful...More

Thank Diane and Dave S
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

Just spent yet another afternoon at the Fitzgerald Reserve. This is a wonderful spot for a variety of activities. Want to check out tide pools at low tide, see the small crustaceans, sponges, stars etc....doing their thing in the ocean reef. Want to go for...More

1  Thank kh57ca
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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

Just a short hike from where we were staying we were happy to discover the tide pool access and bluff hiking trail. We saw the harbor seals sunning themselves below the bluff trail and walked around a few tidal pools. It was all very nice...More

Thank MMM_and_MPM
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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

Our group had a blast hiking through the redwoods, watching the sea lions, and searching for marine life during low tide. The docents were outstanding. I recommend this activity to anyone, but particularly to a group working on a tight budget. What a great experience!

Thank mariaw734
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Reviewed February 3, 2018

This review is not for the main part of Fitzgerald, which is where the tide pools and the cliff side walks are situated. This is for the Lauer Trail, which is on the bluffs between Moss Beach Distillery and Pillar Point. High chaparral with cliffs...More

Thank Bart C
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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

My first time to see this Coral Beach with many nice spot! Got to see some seal lying for catching sunshine! Good for family and kids to enjoy the natural coral reefs after the low tides! Don’t missed the chance if you can drop by...More

Thank Ivan K
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TimandEileen
August 21, 2017|
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Response from tattersall_12 | Reviewed this property |
It is best to check their website for the current information on the tides. The best time to go is when the tide is low.
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justtrippinok
July 23, 2017|
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Response from Lisa T | Reviewed this property |
We went when the tide was about 2 ft and were still able to see things in the tide pools. I think it's worth your time to stop by.
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