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Shell Beach Tide Pools

#23 of 77 things to do in La Jolla Features Animals
Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Not too many shells

We were excited to go for shells. Our son had never gone "shelling" and was so excited to go. I'm... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2016
tnt03
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Orland Park, Illinois
Great place to visit on a hot day

Fun place to walk and see all the creatures. Never fails to disappoint. The steps to get down there... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2016
Shubbie a
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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

We were excited to go for shells. Our son had never gone "shelling" and was so excited to go. I'm not sure if we timed it wrong or what but the only shells we found were very little one. Like the ones snails go in....More

1  Thank tnt03
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Fun place to walk and see all the creatures. Never fails to disappoint. The steps to get down there may be a bit treacherous for older folks.

2  Thank Shubbie a
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We came here to play in the waves, and were excited to find little tide pools with crabs and other sea animals in them! The beach and water have lots of seaweed, hard to find a clean spot to play in. Watch out for the...More

2  Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Beautiful beach, great tide pooling, but at low tide only! Pretty easy to access, but the waves cover up all the good stuff at high tide!

3  Thank Suzyq76bella
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

Be sure to visit at low tide to have the best experience seeing rock formations and see creatures. Very easy to park on a weekday.

3  Thank Blackhawks81
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We love to go to these tide pools, they are relatively easy to access and there is so much to see if you stop and look inside for a minute. Little fish, crabs, anemones and other tiny creatures have made little ecosystems that are fun...More

2  Thank z0eybee
Reviewed 28 May 2016

Regardless of your age this is a great activity. At low tide this a great place to take a stroll, explore the tide pools with or without children or just relax and watch the ocean. It is also a nice view from above on the...More

2  Thank Mike O
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We just walked above the pools, but on an overcast sprinkly Sunday, was a perfect way to enjoy this wonderland. Another free thing to do in La Jolla!

1  Thank astrojane
Reviewed 10 May 2016

Always a special time at low tide to hunt for shells and enjoy the experience. Never fails to provide fun and memories for the kids.

1  Thank trishdf
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Look at the tides before you go...get there 1-2 hours after high tide is over and stay there until low tide. This is a great place for kids to explore the tide-pools.

5  Thank Combatfisher
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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.
9 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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