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Sandy beach
No
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Scenic. Not too busy. Tidepools. Great views.

Cons

No dogs allowed.

Features

Tide pools
Wildlife
Wildlife
Bird watching
Tide pools

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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