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Shell Beach Tide Pools

#22 of 76 things to do in La Jolla Features Animals
Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Slippery Exploration

A great area for exploring the tide pools at low tide. You will see crabs, small fish, snails, the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mike O
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Great tide pools whether high tide or low tide. Bring a camera, enjoy!

We live locally and still enjoy going to the tidepools. It's so relaxing and it's a marvel all the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
2beans2000
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San Diego, California
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  • Average9%
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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great area for exploring the tide pools at low tide. You will see crabs, small fish, snails, the occasional star fish and sea anemones. Be careful it is very slippery. So, wear the appropriate foot wear.

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live locally and still enjoy going to the tidepools. It's so relaxing and it's a marvel all the sea life that can be seen in a tidepool. Kids LOVE this. Friends from out of town just can't believe how many places there are along...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This was so much fun for all of us, but especially for our 2 year old! She liked it better than the aquarium or the zoo, since it was so hands on. Got to see crabs, anemones, lots of cool seashells, both live and dead.

Thank jmj555555
Reviewed 5 April 2017

You have low slopping rocks, and when there is low tide, then you can walk (and also slip) on the slippery rocks and explore the marine life in the little puddles of water. You can see small marine life such as crabs etc. Just be...More

Thank Hunter k
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is a very unusual activity, especially enjoyed by children. The ocean offers different experiences depending upon the time and tides. .

Thank moeroe2015
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Really pretty place to see tide pools. Didn't see many creatures that day but it was fun regardless. Wear non skid foot wear for a more enjoyable trip.

Thank loves-to-go-girl
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Lucky timing meant the water was receding from the weird and wonderful formations at this beach when we arrived. We saw fish, crabs, anemones, abalone, strange seaweed and more -- it was like a nature treasure hunt. BE CAREFUL: the rocks around the tide pools...More

2  Thank VespagirL55
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Lots of walking and sand so be careful to wear good walking shoes and take a spare with you. Have fun!

2  Thank Christi K
Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was just as pictured. Lots of little tide pools in rock. Not much sea life in the tide pools. The kids had fun for a little bit climbing around it.

Thank srogan354
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Romantic trip for Valentines ❤️ We had a lovely romantic time here! Walked on the sand, sea life was amazing! Please be careful wear you step, please leave the sea life here! Very important for our aquatic life⚓️. Enjoy this beautiful,clean area. Very romantic, perfect...More

Thank waynejeanette
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gili
How accessible is this spot for a 3 year old? I don't want to risk injury to any of us especially if having to routinely pick up and carry little one over algae. Thanks.
10 March 2016|
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Response from invertpaleo | Reviewed this property |
There is a steep flight of concrete steps from street level to the beach. If you get there at a very low tide indeed, there will be a large expanse of shallow water (not exactly your classic tide pools) with lots of... More
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