Jun 242014
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Remember when I told you about our visit to the La Jolla tidepools when we were in California in April?  Well, while we were still in San Diego, my brother in law told us about another tide pool in the area that might be worth a visit and he was definitely right.  They were called the  Cabrillo tidepools and they are located on Point Loma in San Diego, which was even a little closer to our hotel than the tidepools in La Jolla.  Score.

In case you are unfamiliar, during periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions and you can see a  myriad of sea creatures in them.

The Cabrillo tidepools were definitley different than the ones in La Jolla simply because of the fact that there were lots and lots of cliffs there, so we really needed to keep an eye on the kiddos until we were able to make our way down to the bottom of the cliffs.  They weren’t like Roadrunner cliffs, but they were steep enough that if you fell off, you would most definitley be injured.

Not to mention that  there are no hand rails at all and the rocks/cliff can get slippery, especially when wet – so we were very careful.








My nine year old left the La Jolla tidepools a few days earlier feeling a bit disappointed that he never caught a crab.  It wasn’t that we didn’t see any there because we saw lots, but they were just too fast for him to catch.  Not at the Cabrillo tidepools, though.  Almost as soon as we got there, a big old crab started walking right towards him and he scooped him right up into his bucket (and let him go a few minutes later, of course).

cabrillo crab

The Cabrillo tidepools are located at 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr in San Diego, CA.  If you live in that area and plan on going, make sure you check the tide chart before you go because you’ll want to go at low tide so you can make the most of it.

Tip: Prepare to pay $5 (cash) per vehicle to get in. Parking is good for 7 days so you can go back as many times as you want for the week.

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  132 Responses to “Cabrillo Tidepools on Point Loma (San Diego)”

  1. And technically once you hit the water you are in Mexico according to verizon

  2. Definitely looked fun, but glad you were careful and safe, too 😉

  3. I wish we lived near this! My boys would love to vista. Great photos!

  4. Looks like so much fun. I love that area.

  5. I like that deal on parking! And hurrah for the big crab that came right up to your son. 🙂

  6. What a fun day for the family! Great photos. Glad you got to see it!

  7. great deal on parking!! i wouldn’t expect to find that! tidepools are so fun to explore

  8. It sure looks as a place that we would enjoy very much, it seems as you all did have an awesome time. Parking for $5 for 7 days that is awesome!!!
    Have a lovely rest of the week!!

  9. Now this is the type of place I would love to visit. I have an environmental sci degree and seeing all the marine life at low tide in tidal pools would be right up my alley. Walking down slippery rocks however———-

  10. We would love to visit here,Looks like a really nice place and fun too.It is amazing what you can find in tide pools.

  11. My boys would love to spend a day checking out tide pools. That looks amazing. I wish we lived closer!

  12. So many nooks and crannies in there! I love that you saw crabs and other wildlife. I would be looking for animals the whole time!

  13. Looked like a fun day looks like beautiful place 😉

    Have a rocktastic week 😉

  14. Love Point Loma! So many inspiring things to see and to do!

  15. They look like really cool tide pools. Glad you got there safely.

  16. I have never been to a tide pool but it looks awesome. Looks like the kiddos had a blast too!

  17. As many times as I have been to San Diego/La Jolla, I’ve never been here. This looks so much fun!

  18. There’s a spot in New Brunswick called Hope Wells where the tide really goes out far and it’s cool to get out and walk around.

  19. That sounds like fun. I love exploring near the water!

  20. What a nice place. I love that you can find something that pleases everyone when your at the water. I especially liked the little cave they found. Made a great photo. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. Wow what a neat place! Definitely going to remember for the next time we visit San Diego 🙂

  22. Wow! This place is fabulous. Looks like you had a great time.


  23. What a fun day! I would have a field day taking pictures there.

  24. I have always been so fascinated by tide pools. It’s amazing what you can find in them. Always something new and different. I haven’t taken my boys to see some yet. But I definitely will soon. 🙂

  25. You sure did a lot on this trip, it must have been a remarkable time for everyone!

  26. I would love to go there – looks like a fun place to explore 🙂

  27. I love your photos! That looks like a very interesting place to visit. Have a terrific day!

  28. my kids would have so much fun playing there! And my one daughter is expert at catching anything. frogs, tadpoles…she can even catch minnows in a sand bucket. She’s like a “creature whisperer”: it’s crazy. But I love activities like this where you can teach your kids about Nature/the World; how to enjoy it, how to respect it, how to leave it as you found it.

  29. Great photos! I want to get to the west coast so badly. Looks like a great place to visit.

  30. Looks like a fun time! You took some great photos!

  31. I love beachy activities with my family! Those tide pools look like a ton of fun!

  32. Your photos are great. This looks like such fun 🙂

  33. That is right in my neck of the woods. Your boys look like they had a great time!

  34. Love all your pictures! Have been to Point Loma many times, and your pictures brought back memories! I also blog about my travels, and hope you will stop by!

  35. Looks like you guys had a great time. I wish I lived closer to the ocean to I could take my kids to places like this.

  36. How cool! It looks like the boys had a good time! What a big crab!

  37. Looks like everyone had a great time (great pictures!) I love that sign about leaving the shells. 🙂

  38. This looks incredible! We were just in San Diego, I wish I would have known about this!

  39. That looks like fun! My little buy loves the beaches and I know he and his dad would have a blast!

  40. I’ve never been to a tidepool before, and didn’t even know they existed. That place looks amazing and anything by the beach is a win win for me!

  41. I am loving all these family trip pictures. Look like so much fun and bright sunny pictures dont hurt either!

  42. I love tide pools! There are always so many interesting creatures to see going about their business.

  43. This looks like a fun and educational place to visit! I think we would all enjoy this!

  44. I can’t get over how much fun this would be. Looks like a good family adventure.

  45. Looks like a blast! My kids would love to go here, hours of fun and educational too!

  46. I loved the tide pools at the ocean growing up. Love the photos, looks like a great place to visit!

  47. Looks like you had a blast with your family! Love the pics… Great price for the experience too!

  48. Some of my family members will be in San Diego in August. Your post is very timely for us. My kids and my nieces and nephew would love to spy on the little creatures. I would not have thought about the tide pools had you not posted this information. Thanks.

  49. Wow beautiful pictures! Looks an amazing place to take kids 🙂

  50. All that searching and exploring would be oodles of fun! Your boys were clearly in their element there.

  51. Whoa, he caught a big one! I would have been scared to pick that up with those big pinchers!

  52. What a beautiful beach! The rock formations are amazing. Love your photos!

  53. Wow.. I learn something new every day. I have never heard of tide pools. Now, the next time I go to the ocean, I am going to check and see if they have any where I am.

  54. Tide pools are going to be our place to explore next week!!! Great tip- sometimes I forget that having a few smaller bills makes the day go by easier- and how cool that parking is good for so long!! Thank you for all of your SD tips!

  55. we did something similar in washington, and had a blast! this looks like a lot of fun

  56. What a beautiful place to visit, looks like fun! An amazing way to learn about ocean life.

  57. Honestly, I’d probably piss my pants if that big crab started walking towards me. Sea life freaks me out so much, that I hardly go in open water. But those tide pools are really beautiful!

  58. This looks like so much fun! It looks so cool to explore.

  59. What a cool day! I don;t think we have ever been out exploring tide pools like that!

  60. These are some really great pics. It looks like you had an awesome family day together.

  61. Tide pools are so much fun. It’s like a tiny ocean life going on separate from the great big ocean. Looks like a fun time

  62. You guys are having an awesome summer! This looks like a blast!

  63. What a breath taking place. I have never seen anything like it.

  64. Wow I wish we had more of these here.. what an experience!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  65. I love that you take your kids out for experiences like this one! My daughter would love sending time exploring! (We really would be good friends!)

  66. My kids would love this! Perfect for exploring1

  67. What pretty tide pools! That looks like a great way to wear the kids out over the summer!

  68. I love the tide pools, they were one of the first tings I saw in Cali

  69. The tide pools look like a lot of fun. Well worth the $5 per car entry fee.

  70. This looks amazing! What a wonderful way to spend a summer day.

  71. Those tide pools look wonderful we live faraway form the ocean and looking at your pictures just makes me want to put a couple of clothes together and drive to Corpus Christi

  72. Sure looks like a great place to learn about sea life. Not sure if I would be brave enough for those cliffs though.

  73. What an inexpensive way to have a ton of fun with the family. Exploring is so cool to do even when you are an adult!

  74. These tide pools look amazing! We go to SD all the time, will have to check them out!

  75. We LOVE San Diego and have gone quite a few times (it’s just a 4-6 hour drive from here), but we haven’t gone to any tide pools yet. I’ll absolutely add this to our list of places to go next time we go to San Diego (hopefully this summer)!

  76. How lovely! An what a great way to get closer to nature and learn more about the sea and ecosystem.

  77. The pics are beautiful. I feel like I was on a mini-vacation by the tide pools. Looks fun.

  78. This is something I would really enjoy with my husband and two daughters! I think we would hunt for shells, build in the sand and just have a good time like your family did 🙂

  79. How cool! I’d love to visit with my family.

  80. How fun! That would be a great place to do a scavenger hunt and just explore.

  81. I love following your family adventures. You guys really visit quite a few places when you vacation!

  82. That looks like so much fun! What a great day of discovery for you and the kiddos! I hope you guys are having a great summer!

  83. Great photos, looks like a wonderful place to explore!

  84. How awesome is that! I bet he was excited that he caught that crab and was able to see him up close for a few minutes.

  85. I would love to visit there, I love the sign to leave the shells for the hermit crabs home. This is such a fun and educational trip for kids – I have to see how far away it is from where we are now,hmm a nice long weekend would probably work.

  86. This looks like such a fun place and what a nice, sunny day to go! I would love to explore here.

  87. Looks like a beautiful place Robin! I could see my daughters scared though because of the creatures from the sea.

  88. Wow, that looks like fun! I wonder if they have something like that around here!

  89. This looks like an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing.

  90. How fun!!! My boys would so love this!

  91. I love San Diego. Glad you had such a wonderful trip.

  92. We lived in San Diego for a year and I absolutely loved it. the weather, the breeze, the ocean. The tide pools are one of my favorites to take the kids to explore.

  93. You go on such neat trips! The tide pools are terrific.

  94. These tide pools are just beautiful. I think it is so important to expose children to exotic locations like this.

  95. Wow, it’s gorgeous there. I wanna go to the tide pools now!! 🙂

  96. This is beautiful!!! What a neat place to explore!

  97. The place looks so tranquil… i would take my kids there any day!

  98. Oh my goodness! You guys had the best trip! Thank you for sharing it all with us!

  99. Oh what a fun place to take the kids!

  100. Our boys would absolutely LOVE this! Great pics by the way!

  101. Sounds like a good time and looks like you had a beautiful day. Lots to do in San Diego.

  102. Wow, what a fascinating find!! I will have to check this one out the next time we’re in San Diego. Great pictures too!!

  103. OH what an amazing experience! I have always wanted to visit tide pools and see all the cool sea creatures!

  104. What beautiful photos. Oh how I love summer!

  105. What a fun place to visit on vacations! I really think we need to go to the beach when I get my vacations.

  106. I remember going to La Jolla and being so pregnant and the water being so cold. I’d like to go back now and really enjoy it. So fun about the crab, too. 🙂

  107. This looks amazing! I’ve never even seen an ocean so I think all these places are absolutely amazing.

  108. This looks like a great adventure for kids. Beautiful pics!

  109. Oh em gee! I love the photos especially of the crab’s. My daughter and I would love to see tide pools someday.

    Mhar Mg

  110. Never seen anything quite like that area! Thanks for sharing!

  111. Looks like a really fun place to explore. I like the parking deal – great for a vacation. I wonder if locals get some kind of seasonal pass.

  112. What an awesome place to visit. It’s like a world of it’ own. My son would love this place.

  113. This seems like such a beautiful place. I really like the photo that looks a skull on the side of a mountain.

  114. Looks like a really nice place to take the kids on a hot summer day.

  115. What a beautiful looking place – I always want to tag along with you on your adventures they always look so amazing. x

  116. These are some great family memories!

  117. This is beautiful and looks like it would be a lot of fun. I wish the waters near us were much cleaner and we were able to do things like this and actually enjoy it.

  118. Looks like you guys found a really good spot there. There are definitely some nice beaches in San Diego! Look slike the boys had fun!

  119. Looks gorgeous! I’ve never been there, but would love to go.

  120. Cool beans! I Love tide pools with the kids!

  121. Omgoodness…tide pools sound like a lot of fun. I want to go explore some – I love finding and taking pictures of nature and wildlife.

  122. Those photos are great! You’re making me want to travel! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  123. Wow. That would be so much fun to check out.

  124. Great pics. I love that cave cut out in the rock. Neat that your little guy could scoop that big crab right up. Sounds like lots to see there.

  125. Love the pictures! My son and I’d enjoy something like this.

  126. Oh my gosh, I’ve never been to any place like that! I’d love to see it but I’d probably be afraid of the cliffs. I’m still going to add it to my list of places to see though!

  127. That’s so neat! I’ve never been to a tide pool before! I’m actually a bit scared of live crabs lol

  128. YOU have the cutest kids! I am glad you had the greatest time at the tide pools. My boys love them as well.

  129. San Diego is one of our favorite places to visit. We have never been to Point Loma, we will have to check it out.

  130. My kids would have a blast here, maybe one day I will get back to San Diego!