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Cabrillo Tide Pools

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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“water shoes”(8 reviews)
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A short, one mile hike that offers one the opportunity to observe sea life along the shore.
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

Really great place to see tidepools and hike around the area there. Beautiful views and part of Cabrillo Park!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vacationloverct
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such beautiful natural landscape although the tides were high and there were no pools to see during our stay. The park in general was well worth the visit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jill M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full of Anemones, little fish and all other living organisms, next to long green surf-grass and sea stars all within the reach.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RudySzymon
Reviewed November 19, 2018

Take the ride down to see the Tide Pools you will not regret it. My kids and I spent a couple of hours enjoying the area.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bevans130
Reviewed November 14, 2018

We enjoyed watching the waves break as they came in along the tide pools. It was a nice break to hike and explore the area along the ocean as low tide approached.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Fearless42616340901
Reviewed November 3, 2018

They will see so much sea life in the tidal pools! Take photos to discuss what they are seeing to discuss later at home and make it into a hands-on learning experience about our sea life and environment!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank SanDiegoGuy1
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Great place to go with kids and explore the tide pool life. Enter just before you enter the Cabrillo National Monument/Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is also fun to go see, but it cost you $5.00 unless you have one of those "Senior" pass - which you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Patrick K
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Low tide (IMHO) is the best time to visit because you can see more. Be careful of the slippery rocks. Try to visit during the week, not on the weekends. Until about 6 years ago, it was free, but the State of CA decided that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Joel B
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Hike the area and you will feel at peace , If you love the outdoors you must go here , this is one of San Diego hidden gems , Most people by past this as they head for the lighthouse,but don’t Nothing but beautiful mostly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

I used to take my kids to these tide pools when I lived in San Diego. They, and I, love them! Lots of 'fun' critters to look at and touch (gently). Very educational for young children and lots of fun!

Date of experience: September 2018
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November 25, 2017|
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Response from 295spencero |
The tides do not change seasonally. Look online for the tide schedule in San Diego for the day you want to go and choose one of the two times a day that low tide occurs.