• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    National Monument California

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  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed Until August 8

    The Visitor Center is undergoing a Seismic Retrofit. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information

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?

Lighthouse lantern

Did you know that, back in the mid- to late-1800s, children of lightkeepers at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument had to row a boat from Point Loma to Old Town San Diego to get to school?