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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Address: 200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038-9615
Phone Number: 415-728-3584
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Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

Explore tidepools, hike along bluffs and relax at a beachside picnic spot.

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Beautiful views, interesting rock formations, adorable seals, and it's free!

We were staying in Half Moon Bay and this was recommended by a friend who lives in the area. It is best to go as close to low tide as possible to see certain creatures, but we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Half Moon Bay and this was recommended by a friend who lives in the area. It is best to go as close to low tide as possible to see certain creatures, but we got awesome views of the seals both swimming and doing somersaults in the water and lounging on the beach. To get a better... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful spot to witness natural coastline beauty. Free parking, entrance to beach area where one can explore tidal pools with the right tidal timing, and see lots of harbor seals romping and enjoying the waves. Then walk on a short trail to a bluff lookout where you can look directly down upon many harbor seals relaxing and... More 

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the day traveling Hy 1 from Pacifico to Half Moon Bay with a variety of stops along the way. We knew the tide would be too high during low tide to see the tide pools and almost didn't stop. Sure glad we did! Their website provides a link to determine when is Lowtide and how high will Lowtide be.... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We went on high tide and there was very little beach to explore since the reserve had a section blocked off both ways due to the restung sea lions nesr by to wich you can not get within 300 feet. We spent maybe 10 minuted by the water and decided to go for a hike in the cipress forest above... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Her Ladyship, decided around 3:30 in the afternoon, that she wanted to come out here from our vacation in HFB, and take a walk up to the bluffs. We've been here before, and seen the tidal pools, sea lions, etc., so I thought it would be a walk in the park, no pun intended. This was 7/13/16, just as a... More 

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San Bruno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The place was different as we went to see the blow holes and then came back to the reserve to start our hike. It was pretty much flat. The interesting part was that you walked through some residential area to get to our destination of almost Princeton. The only problem was that in certain areas that you couldn't have a... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

You must go during low tide. Ask the ranger to see nesting seals with the telescope.. Bring beach shoes to was in the tidal pools.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Lots of marine pools to look for sea critters. Tons of seals on the beach and on the rocks. Easy walk.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

A small but beautiful slice of the coast. Tidal pools to explore. Seals in residence. Whale viewing. Nature hikes. Fresh air and sea mist. Heaven.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

The highlight of our outing was meeting Bonnie, the parks ranger. She spent a considerable amount of time talking with us about all the different creatures there in the park. Without her we may have missed some of the most interesting inhabitants like the chitin (sp?) as well as a fossilized whale bone I had previous walked right over without... More 

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