Tidepool Permit Availability
The best times to visit the tidepools are during negative low tides, when the water is low and lots of rocks are exposed. Generally, you'll find good negative low tides during daylight hours in the winter and spring months. Tidepool permits are issued only on days when the tide is +0.7 or lower. To find the best date for you, click here to check out the charts.
NOTE: The charts are provided as a reference to show the dates when the tide is low enough to view intertidal organisms, but is not a guarantee that tidepool permits will be available. Check with the Education Department at (619) 557-5450, extension 2231, for permit availability.
Tidepool hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, seven days a week.
Did You Know?
Did you know that in World War II, the Japanese Navy was ordered to avoid San Diego because of the coastal defense systems in place, some of which can still be seen today within Cabrillo National Monument?