James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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200 Nevada Ave (at Lake St)
Moss Beach, CA 94038
(650) 728-3584
Preserve, Trail, Beach
Mon–Sun: 8:00 AM–6:00 PM

Foursquare Tips

  • James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is the best place on the coast to see the tide pools. On any given day youll see sea urchins, sea stars, harbor seals, various mollusks, and the elusive red octopus.
  • Daily tide time tablehttp://www.mobilegeographics.com:81/locations/2365.html
  • Best date spot in the SF Bay area. Take your girl tidepooling; it's organic, sensual, offbeat, fascinating, beautiful. She will never forget it.
  • Be sure to go out on the bluffs which stand about 80 feet above where the seals rest. You can watch hundreds of harbor seals surfing and scampering around.
  • Huge population of resident seals.
  • Even if it's not low tide, this is the best tide pooling you're ever gonna find in the US. Incredible experience! Access difficult for disabled, but there's a nice overlook bench to enjoy!
  • Make sure you check the tides before you come. The lower the better.
  • Lots of airplane noise here. There must be an airport nearby for these little planes. Kinda sucks to disrupt this beautiful area
  • Cypress trees were planted between 1881-1911 when developer built the Moss Beach Hotel
  • Great tidepooling even during higher tides.
  • The tide pools are so fun to walk around and explore. Felt like a kid again jumping around rocks and water.
  • Beautiful spot.
  • "Go when the tide is low and you will spot a plethora of inspiring wildlife were talking starfish, neon-hued anemone, octopus, seals, and crabs."
  • This is a wonderful day trip from San Francisco. Make sure to find out when it's low tide as that's when all the sea life is available.
  • The tide pools here are beautiful and a great place for kids.
  • Look up low tide and bring sturdy shoes, will remember forever.
  • Great place to see the tide pools during low tide.
  • A small, secluded beach. Very easy to reach and with plenty of parking. You can look at Seals playing and fishing and resting. And a killer place for sunset! (bring a blanket if windy).
  • Great ride pooling
  • Best to go during low tide. It'll expose all the tide pools.