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wonderful place to walk along the ocean in the woods!

this is a great place to convene with nature and the ocean. We loved walking in this little... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia
Beautiful walk and tide pools

A windy Thursday at the coast, but the seals were out on the beach and the tide pools were filled... read more

Reviewed December 31, 2018
Burlingame, California
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Without a doubt, this beautiful spot on the southern coast is both fun and educational, plus, parking is free with on-site bathrooms. Enjoyed bringing friends along for a few hours and ending with our picnic lunch at the convenient tables.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jtdrive4u
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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

We had been waiting for the right timing, a day off and the correct tide tables, and yesterday in the late afternoon worked for us. Visitors to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve takes a bit of planning and a bit of luck to make your trip here worthwhile. You'll need a car and a good low tide at a time during the day when you can actually see and enjoy the tiny Marine life that takes up residence in the tide pools of the Pacific Ocean. As an aside, my wife and I were actually acting and feeling like kids during our trip to Moss Beach. Take note note visitors, especially from States or countries with no oceans, these places are as much yours as ours, so enjoy them, particularly 'cuz the price of admission is free.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sfrdrunner
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

I didn't come with high expectations, nor did I do much research beforehand. That informs the following review.

It was chilly and foggy during our visit, and the sun never really burnt off until late in the afternoon. It was still damp, however, and I required a sweatshirt even though it was very hot in San Francisco that day. The beach and tidal pools were closed to visitors. A large colony of seals were resting on the beach, which was barricaded and patrolled by rangers. We were still able to get a good look -- and smell! -- at the seals from the pathway above aptly named Seal Cove.

We left our car at Moss Beach Park and walked to Pillar Point Marsh using a map we picked up at the ranger station. I'm glad we did as it was really beautiful, and the cypress grove near the beginning of the trail is very impressive, and kind of spooky. Along the way, we enjoyed whale watching (we didn't expect to see whales). We highly recommend the Jean Lauer Trail that follows the edge of Pillar Point Bluff. It was a weekday and we encountered only two other people on our way out. On the way back, there were more trail users as it was the beginning of the evening and folks were probably back from work. In Pillar Point Harbor, we saw more seals and used the restrooms (port-a-potties). This was a walk of several hours as we took frequent breaks to enjoy the scenery.

Coming from the urban East Coast, I was happy to be surrounded by the Pacific cliffs and coastal scrub, so this was special for me. If coastal scrub and seals is old hat for you, disregard my opinions.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

A short ride up to Moss Beach on a Sunday morning got us our free parking spot and a brief walk to the water provided us with a great view of the seals.
We went up above and a park ranger provided us with multiple binoculars to use and a wealth of information. The walk through the Cypress Trees was serene and we made a trip back to the motel to retrieve the marine life enthused child and we went back a second time to do it all over again, with a bit longer stroll this time.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 5inavan
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

went early on a Saturday morning after a really low tide. lots of tide pool creatures to see, after spending some time on the rocks take a short walk over to seal cove via the bluff walkway a great walk on a sunny morning.

Date of experience: June 2018
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