Tide Pooling in San Diego

Winter, with low tides occurring frequently during daytime, is the best season to visit tide pools in San Diego. And with this current heat wave, now is a great time to plan your own tide pool adventure.

tide pool overview

Step one is to check the tide charts. The best viewing will occur when the low tide is below one or a negative number.

Here’s what’s going on in La Jolla this week. You can check the tides of other areas here.

La Jolla Tide Chart


Arrive as early as 2 hours before low tide and up to 2 hours following the low tide for good viewing.

tidepool collage (1)

There are several great tide pools in San Diego County including Cabrillo National Monument Tide PoolsCardiff State Beach Tide PoolsDike Rock Tide PoolsShell Beach Tide Pools and Swami’s State Beach Tide Pools,

We’re looking forward to a trip to our favorite spot at Tourmaline Beach in North PB/La Jolla where last year we encountered a lobster, several sucker fish, star fish and more. What I love about this area for kids is that it is super easy to walk out to, unlike some other spots in San Diego.

Tide pools are slippery, even the easier to navigate ones, so be sure to wear water shoes or old tennies. Strollers and bags should be left behind, and I wouldn’t take a child who has a hard time walking. Remember to leave the area like you found it.

What’s your favorite place to tide pool??


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