Explore the Point Loma Tide Pools along the San Diego Coast
An amazing nature experience for kids and grownups alike, the glorious Point Loma tide pools offer an unforgettable up-close look at a beautiful and fragile ecosystem. Walk along rocky, shelf-like cliffs and underwater steps where low tide leaves endless shallow pools brimming with marine life. These spell-binding windows to the deep fringe are found just a little south of gorgeous Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. As an added attraction, the area boasts winding hiking trails and fantastic views of the newly renovated Point Loma lighthouse and the Los Coronado Islands.
Why Visit the Tide Pools?
Located within the 144-acre Cabrillo National Monument, these protected tide pools brim with incredible ocean life, including flowery sea anemones, hermit crabs, limpets, starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, crabs and even octopi. Viewing is best at low tide, so check the tide schedule and come early to get a place in the parking lot. Excellent exhibits and films are shown at the visitor center, where great views, a little museum and a bookstore add to an amazing experience. Signage and roaming park rangers help visitors identify some cleverly camouflaged inhabitants of these magical pools.
Fun for the Entire Family
With a minimal parking fee, Point Loma tide pools are one of San Diego’s most amazing values, offering a fun and educational way to enjoy the city’s spectacular shoreline. Rocks and stairs can be a bit slippery and you’ll probably get a little wet, so keep a grip on little ones’ hands, wear short pants and bring water shoes or an extra pair of sneakers. One of the most incredible natural wonders in San Diego, these inter-tidal zone pools are a perfect way to introduce children to the wonders of the undersea world.
Insider tip: Bring a lunch or pick up some food at the nearby market and spend a sunny afternoon picnicking, exploring the pools and enjoying the mesmerizing coastal views.
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Spend the day outside and do something a different than your average day at the beach! Plus, with no price for admission, the tide pools are a bargain in terms of fun under the sun. For more information about activities in the area or affordable accommodations, contact the Pacific Inn & Suites. We are a top choice for cheap downtown San Diego hotels, offering low nightly rates, spacious suites and a central location right outside of Little Italy. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and see how much you can save!