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Shell Beach Tide Pools

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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Couldn't See Anything!

It just happened to be low tide as we were driving past these pools, so we stopped and went to look... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
drrkbrnng
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Oregon
Very interesting tidepools with hundreds or thousands little pools

One reason I love this tide pools is the size of it. It stretches so long and so many little tide... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Di J
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“clams” (22 reviews)
“sea life” (11 reviews)
“small fish” (4 reviews)
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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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"clams"
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"sea life"
in 11 reviews
"small fish"
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"hermit crabs"
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"kids busy for hours"
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"slippery rocks"
in 2 reviews
"abalone"
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"wear water shoes"
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"star fish"
in 3 reviews
"we spent hours"
in 2 reviews
"pool area"
in 2 reviews
"great area"
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"anemones"
in 10 reviews
"creatures"
in 8 reviews
"seashells"
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"traction"
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"ocean"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It just happened to be low tide as we were driving past these pools, so we stopped and went to look for marine wildlife. While the rocky stretch of beach was fairly pleasing to the eye, we were expecting wildlife, of which we saw very...More

Thank drrkbrnng
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One reason I love this tide pools is the size of it. It stretches so long and so many little tide pools to explore. And I never felt crowded. One tip is: you have to search the tide schedule and best time to arrive is...More

Thank Di J
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Visited the Tide Pool area while we were visiting La Jolla. Parking is kind of tight and I'd recommend getting there early if you want to find a spot. We got there at 11:30 am and when we went by later on at 3 pm,...More

Thank flatlandcoug
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! Beautiful rock formations, varying colors in the stone, hermit crabs, see anemones, fish, and different shellfish and snails! A must see!

Thank jarjetb
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is also located at the paseo. If you prepare for a trip to La Jolla, you do not have to search the sights, everything is located at the paseo, you cannot miss anything important.

Thank Maximilian H
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

There is a lot of life when the tide is out. Crabs birds and other things. There was a little octopus or something trapped in a shallow hole. All in all it's pretty fun.

Thank LostALot22
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Lots of children playing on the beach, looking for crabs, fish, etc Nice picture spot! Very beautiful, the day was hot and very nice!

Thank nabeab
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Choose your time of day (e.g. low tide if you want tide pools) and your time of year (sometimes there's a load of sand and sometimes it's mainly rocks). There are fantastic tide pools to explore, beach to race down, and a small "cave" at...More

Thank BE_Travelin
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Well we took the concrete stairs that were marked shell beach to the bottom and there was a really small patch of sand and a few large rocks. No shells, no rode pools to speak of. Maybe we were there at the wrong time of...More

Thank jkzoo
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

This was a great day outing with family. Had amazing time looking at all of the sea life in the pools. Also was impressed that they had a guide there handing out information flyers on the pools and answering questions. This is great fun for...More

Thank Steven L
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npoirri
29 January 2018|
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Response from npoirri |
So we did this this week, and it was about a 3 minute walk from shell beach to the children's pool
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npoirri
29 January 2018|
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Response from BE_Travelin | Reviewed this property |
Easiest is to ask your smart phone "when is low (or high) tide" once you are in San Diego. Otherwise look it up on the web: Shell Beach San Diego on Tideschart (sorry, TA doesn't allow URLs): Should bring you to their... More
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