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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • Tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • Kelp Cove at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • Sub-tidal lagoon at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • Looking down the beach at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • Kelp Cove at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • San Vicente Creek feeding into the ocean.- Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic. Not too busy. Tidepools. Great views.
Cons: 
No dogs allowed.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve serves as both a photographer's hot spot and a tide pool paradise. The tide pools are among the best in California, and the reserve is one of only 34 coastal locations that have a "Special Biological Significance" due to the abundance of marine life, including sea anemones, sea urchins, starfish, abalone, kelp crab, harbor seals, and various sea birds. The silt stone rock formations reach out like fingers into the ocean and provide a stunning foreground for landscape photographers.

The reserve is a Marine Protected Area, so there are several rules in place to protect the marine life and fines for any violations. Dogs are also not allowed. The reserve opens at 8 A.M. and closes at different times throughout the year. Low tide is the best time to visit the tide pools, so be sure to check the tide tables. If you are looking for a guided tour, call the County Parks reservations line (650-363-4021) to reserve a spot. 

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