Located along the coast of southern California, Cabrillo National Monument boasts magnificent tidepools that bridge water and land. On the western side of Point Loma lies this rocky intertidal zone, a window into a unique ocean ecosystem. During periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions. Here you can see flower-like anemones, elusive octopi, spongy deadman's fingers, and a myriad of other creatures. Cabrillo National Monument provides some of the best tidepooling of any park.
The tidepools are a wonderful discovery zone, but also one that requires care and caution. The intertidal area is a very sensitive ecosystem. Few animals in it can harm humans, but many of them can be hurt, and even killed, when handled or touched by people. Ask a ranger or volunteer how you can best explore the tidepools without disturbing them. A great way to visit tidepools safely is to go on a guided ranger walk, which is available during most low tides. Low tides that occur during convenient daylight hours are most common in the winter during full and new moons. Check a tide chart or give the Visitor Center a call before you visit for the best time to explore the tidepools.