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Shell Beach Tide Pools

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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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La Jolla Tide Pools

What a wonderful experience! Beautiful rock formations, varying colors in the stone, hermit crabs... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
jarjetb
,
Chino Hills, California
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part of the paseo

This is also located at the paseo. If you prepare for a trip to La Jolla, you do not have to search... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Maximilian H
,
Gothenburg, Sweden
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“clams” (22 reviews)
“sea life” (12 reviews)
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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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"clams"
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"sea life"
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"slippery rocks"
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"kids busy for hours"
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"foot wear"
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"small crabs"
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"hermit crabs"
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"we spent hours"
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"pool area"
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"great area"
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"children's pool"
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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! Beautiful rock formations, varying colors in the stone, hermit crabs, see anemones, fish, and different shellfish and snails! A must see!

1  Thank jarjetb
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

This is also located at the paseo. If you prepare for a trip to La Jolla, you do not have to search the sights, everything is located at the paseo, you cannot miss anything important.

Thank Maximilian H
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Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

There is a lot of life when the tide is out. Crabs birds and other things. There was a little octopus or something trapped in a shallow hole. All in all it's pretty fun.

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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Lots of children playing on the beach, looking for crabs, fish, etc Nice picture spot! Very beautiful, the day was hot and very nice!

Thank nabeab
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

Choose your time of day (e.g. low tide if you want tide pools) and your time of year (sometimes there's a load of sand and sometimes it's mainly rocks). There are fantastic tide pools to explore, beach to race down, and a small "cave" at...More

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Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

Well we took the concrete stairs that were marked shell beach to the bottom and there was a really small patch of sand and a few large rocks. No shells, no rode pools to speak of. Maybe we were there at the wrong time of...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

This was a great day outing with family. Had amazing time looking at all of the sea life in the pools. Also was impressed that they had a guide there handing out information flyers on the pools and answering questions. This is great fun for...More

Thank Steven L
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Very tiny, not many shells while we were there but beautiful just the same. Neat little beach that you access via stairs.

Thank 312MaryAnn
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Reviewed July 28, 2017

Our kids had a blast exploring the tide pools. They loved seeing the fish, small crabs, sea lions and birds. We would have stayed longer but needed a bathroom and the ones at the beach were closed for maintenance.

1  Thank robbieelison
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Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

We spent 2 hours here at low tide. Our kids were so upset when we had to leave (because of our 2 hour parking spot). Parking was a nightmare, but totally worth it. Bring your water shoes. It's slippery. We spent the whole time getting...More

2  Thank Beckibecka
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npoirri
January 29, 2018|
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Response from npoirri |
So we did this this week, and it was about a 3 minute walk from shell beach to the children's pool
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npoirri
January 29, 2018|
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Response from BE_Travelin | Reviewed this property |
Easiest is to ask your smart phone "when is low (or high) tide" once you are in San Diego. Otherwise look it up on the web: Shell Beach San Diego on Tideschart (sorry, TA doesn't allow URLs): Should bring you to their... More
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