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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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No shells no beach

Well we took the concrete stairs that were marked shell beach to the bottom and there was a really... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jkzoo
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Mansfield, Ohio
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This was a fun day outing with family.

This was a great day outing with family. Had amazing time looking at all of the sea life in the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steven L
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“low tide” (36 reviews)
“sea life” (11 reviews)
“small fish” (4 reviews)
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Coast Highway, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank 312MaryAnn
Reviewed 29 July 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
Reviewed 19 July 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
Reviewed 26 May 2017

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.

4  Thank Mike O
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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

2  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.

1  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
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Henry s
2 August 2017|
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Response from 2beans2000 | Reviewed this property |
Formally, there is to be no removal of anything from coastal parks or properties, so no shells, rocks, sea animals (starfish, anemones, etc.). With that being said, I think there are probably small caches of memory-shells... More
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gili
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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