There are so many options for tide pools in/near San Diego but we decided to check out Cabrillo’s! We also wanted to see the Lighthouse, so it was win-win. As you can see, the entrance fee is $10 to enter and the pass is good for a full week.
It was an overcast, semi foggy morning (as so many San Diego mornings are!) when we visiting in June. The guard at the entrance told us that was the best weather to visit the tide pools. The parking lot at the bottom is pretty small (maybe about 20 spots or less) so we drove to the upper parking lot. As you can see, the upper lots are definitely not stroller or wheelchair friendly, so just keep that in mind. Other than that it was less than a 10 minute walk down to the tides. Be sure to keep a close eye on little ones, though, as there were a couple steep 10-20 foot drop-offs.
This was actually our family’s first time visiting a tide pool- we don’t exactly have these in the desert of Utah! We weren’t sure exactly what to expect. But WOW! We found hundreds- thousands?-of tiny crabs ALL OVER! It was so fun to see these little creatures. We must of just sat on one rock for 20 minutes or so before we started to venture elsewhere. They were fascinating. The water is pretty shallow, although the rocks can be slippery to walk on.
Oh it was SO fun!! We can’t wait to visit more tide pools!
Lighthouse & Gift shop
A short drive up from the tide pools is the Cabrillo Lighthouse and Giftshop.
The kids really thought the spiral-and steep- staircase was cool!
And the views were gorgeous too!
We spent an evening on Coronado and LOVED it! How can you not?! The first thing we did was rent a Surrey from Bikes and Beyond. There is a nice trail that goes along the ocean, past the shops and restaurants and even past a little park. We biked along that until we hit a major road, then turned around again. It took about an hour and was SO fun. The only funny thing (depending on who you ask- haha) was that on our way back I (Emily) commented how easy the Surrey was to pedal. Then I noticed poor Jeff was just sweating and huffing along. We looked down and noticed that my pedals weren’t connected at all. Jeff was hauling all five of us around by himself. Hahaha. Poor Jeff.
We loved eating dinner at Lil Piggy’s Bar-B-Q and getting ice cream from Moo Time Creamery at the Hotel Del Coronado. Visit this link for more info. on our favorite family friendly eats in SD. The beaches and powdery sand- heavenly! So fun to play in. Next time we’d love to stay on the Island. Where do you like to stay when you visit Coronado?