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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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fascinating nature to see

With the tides out you can see many sea urchins and flora uncovered. You can walk carefully on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
_cglongville
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San Diego, California
Lots of fun

Our grandchildren had a great time exploring the pools at low tide. Small fish, crabs, spiders... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Clarke C
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“sea life” (12 reviews)
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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the tides out you can see many sea urchins and flora uncovered. You can walk carefully on the rocks being sure not to damage the nature that's exposed. The sea roars nearby and the cliffs can be explored as you walk up the coast....More

2  Thank _cglongville
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our grandchildren had a great time exploring the pools at low tide. Small fish, crabs, spiders, anemones, etc.

1  Thank Clarke C
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Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

The views are amazing! It was neat to see the crabs and other creatures. You have to get there really early in the morning in order to see them. Wear shoes with traction because it is really slippery. I would not recommend sandals or flip-flops.

4  Thank Staci B
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Went to Shell Beach toward the end of the day waiting for low tide. Even though there are steps down it still requires a little maneuvering over rocks to get to the beach. It's beautiful and relaxing and I climbed over more rocks to a...More

3  Thank spidersuz
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Smooth sand beach with interesting pools. A few shells, rare sea glass and wonderful cliffs sculptured by wing and water. If the tide is right, lots of living small bright red lobsters (?prawns) on the beach being devoured by gulls.

2  Thank Ray T
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Fun area to walk around. Contrary to what you may read other places, there were no starfish or anything in the tidepools. It was certainly a pretty area.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

My kids love visiting the tide pools and looking at all the different marine life. A great family experience for anyone!

Thank CaribbeanFan79
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

My daughter had a lot of fun here. Although the water is ice cold, it was very peaceful to just put a beach towel down and relax. You do have to go down stairs to get here and climb over rocks (wear good footwear)

Thank ou4real
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We visited Shell Beach twice. Once I went down alone to look for sea glass on our walk to Children's Pool. There was lots of sea glass. It was early morning and there weren't many other people on the sand. Later in the afternoon, we...More

5  Thank VEE1225
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Go early in the morning to avoid significant traffic jams. Wonderful shopping and dining. The views are breathtaking and you can go down to the water at low tide and look at the tide pools. Wonderful park just to sit and enjoy the weather!

Thank petlver
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npoirri
29 January 2018|
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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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