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Cabrillo Tide Pools

San Diego, CA
+1 619-557-5450
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour
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A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea life” (27 reviews)
“water shoes” (7 reviews)
“hermit crabs” (6 reviews)
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San Diego, CA
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"sea life"
in 27 reviews
"water shoes"
in 7 reviews
"hermit crabs"
in 6 reviews
"star fish"
in 3 reviews
"per vehicle"
in 4 reviews
"nature lovers"
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"national park"
in 8 reviews
"light house"
in 10 reviews
"on the rocks"
in 10 reviews
"parking is limited"
in 4 reviews
"point loma"
in 12 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 5 reviews
"entry fee"
in 4 reviews
"all ages"
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"parking spot"
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"lots of fun"
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"anemones"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Unfortunately the tide was in when we went, so we couldn't see the tide pools. It's still well worth looking at. There's plenty of wildlife including lizards, also pelicans flying in formation at eye level. The rock formations are stunning. If you have walking difficulties...More

Thank Philippa M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got to tag along behind a school group and learn a lot of information! The view on a clear day is incredible! Senior citizens get into state parks free too, so that was a bonus! Definitely worth a couple hours of time!

Thank michellemF4010WC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had always wanted to see tidepools at low tide and finally did so here. And it was not an super-low tide as the level was .9 but we did see some pools and the inhabitants including anemone, starfish, mussels, and many I don't know...More

1  Thank KasStL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drive to the end of Cabrillo. Park for $15. Walk on down the trail and observe the geological strata. Just watch the Pacific. Watch the birds fly back and forth, in tandem, riding the thermals. Just a cool place to chill out.

Thank grommit
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for half a day on vacation and loved the area. Being from the East Coast, I was amazed by the cliffs and the rocks we don't get to see that at home. Took some great photos here. Work safe walking shoes is...More

Thank galluvswarmweather
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

You don't ever get to walk down to any tide pools, but the walk along the cliffs is lovely and it is a good place to spot whales during whale season.

1  Thank 645lisa
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

On Point Loma's Cabrillo National Monument has a hidden gem for the whole family. The offering of accessible tidal pools on the west side of the peninsula. The entrance trooper will direct you to the turn. This interactive park and hiking trail is well detailed...More

1  Thank Stacheck
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Reviewed April 24, 2018

Located at the bottom of the cliffs, inside Cabrillo National Monument ($15 per vehicle, or get yourself the $80 America the Beautiful Annual Pass and get a year’s worth of entry at all national park sites), these are beautiful tidepools, with lots of interesting, colorful...More

1  Thank DesertFlower42
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

Check for low tide before you go. It does close at 5. We encounter a great deal of road work outside the park. Plan accordingly. There is much to explore at low tide, but much to experience at high tide as well. Prepare to walk...More

Thank Rudi R
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

We were fortunate to be at the tide pools when they were predicted to be peak! It was amazing how much is under that water! We saw things that you can't see unless the tide is out and you have the ocean floor at your...More

1  Thank Suzanne0888
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