My Favorite San Diego Tide Pools

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The tide pools have lots of different sea life, going on a sea-side safari is a great way to spend the afternoon with kids – or without.

Sunset Cliffs north of Ocean Beach

Sunset Cliffs north of Ocean Beach

Looking for some free fun in the sun?  Visit one of San Diego’s best tide pools.

Low tide on a San Diego beach is so much fun – and it’s free!   The tide pools have lots of different sea life, going on a sea-side safari is a great way to spend the afternoon with kids – or without.  To find out when low tides are occurring, consult an online tide table or get an app for your smart phone, then look for tides that are negative numbers.

My 3 favorite San Diego tide pools are:

  • Shell Beach Tide Pool – Between the Children’s Pool and Boomer Beach, just south of the La Jolla Cove.
  • Coronado Beach – In front of the Hotel Del Coronado.
  • Sunset Cliffs – North of Ocean Beach (O.B.).

I am always reminding my grandchildren to be respectful of all the little creatures so they will be there the next time you visit.  Don’t take anything home and touch gently, always returning sea life where you found it.   It can get slippery so it’s best to hold on to young children and have them wear rubber soled shoes so the barnacles don’t cut bare feet.  Make sure you take lots of pictures of your finds to talk about later.  If you want to find out more about the sea life found in San Diego tide pools, here’s a book I found that might be fun to use on your tide pool expedition: Tidepools: Southern California: A Guide to 92 Locations from Point Conception to Mexico

Enjoy the beach!

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