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Shell Beach Tide Pools

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Address: Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA

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Tide Pools in Pacific Ocean

This is a very unusual activity, especially enjoyed by children. The ocean offers different experiences depending upon the time and tides. .

Reviewed 17 March 2017
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have low slopping rocks, and when there is low tide, then you can walk (and also slip) on the slippery rocks and explore the marine life in the little puddles of water. You can see small marine life such as crabs etc. Just be extra cautious as the rocks are slippery.

Thank Hunter k
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is a very unusual activity, especially enjoyed by children. The ocean offers different experiences depending upon the time and tides. .

Thank moeroe2015
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Really pretty place to see tide pools. Didn't see many creatures that day but it was fun regardless. Wear non skid foot wear for a more enjoyable trip.

Thank loves-to-go-girl
Bushnell, Florida
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390 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Lucky timing meant the water was receding from the weird and wonderful formations at this beach when we arrived. We saw fish, crabs, anemones, abalone, strange seaweed and more -- it was like a nature treasure hunt. BE CAREFUL: the rocks around the tide pools can be exceptionally slippery.

2 Thank VespagirL55
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Lots of walking and sand so be careful to wear good walking shoes and take a spare with you. Have fun!

2 Thank Christi K
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was just as pictured. Lots of little tide pools in rock. Not much sea life in the tide pools. The kids had fun for a little bit climbing around it.

Thank srogan354
Glendora, California
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Romantic trip for Valentines ❤️ We had a lovely romantic time here! Walked on the sand, sea life was amazing! Please be careful wear you step, please leave the sea life here! Very important for our aquatic life⚓️. Enjoy this beautiful,clean area. Very romantic, perfect for all ages. Tip wear Water shoes and or shoes that have a sole with... More 

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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Went with my friend, her daughter and her friend for a photoshoot for PIFA web page. They are Ms. Heiva n Mr. Heiva 2016. While they were working it with the photo shots, I was enjoying the view, the air, the sound of the ocean!

Thank Anita G
Orland Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We were excited to go for shells. Our son had never gone "shelling" and was so excited to go. I'm not sure if we timed it wrong or what but the only shells we found were very little one. Like the ones snails go in. We went twice, both times around 6 or 6:30am. We found some cool little shells... More 

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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Fun place to walk and see all the creatures. Never fails to disappoint. The steps to get down there may be a bit treacherous for older folks.

2 Thank Shubbie a

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