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Point Loma Tide Pools

The tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma top our list of the best things to do in San Diego. When planning your visit, keep in mind that tide pools are only accesible during low tide. Tide charts and tips on the best times to visit (fall and winter are ideal) are available through the National Park Service

Tide Pool a pool of salt water left (as in a rock basin) by an ebbing tide

Ready to explore? Stop by the information booth at the tide pool entrance to pick up a laminated directory of tide pool species. Volunteer guides are also onsite to answer questions and help you make the most of your visit.  


Look high and low and everywhere in between. Marine plants and animals that are normally under water during high tide are exposed during low tide. As you become accustomed to the environment you’ll begin to notice… fish swimming in shallow rock basins, crabs sheltering in sandstone cliff crevices, barnacles and sea anemones clinging to rocks, an octopus hiding in the shadows. It’s easy to lose track of time in this magical place! 

Looking for more things to do in Point Loma? Grab our free Beyond the Zoo Guide to Ocean Beach & Point Loma

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