After visiting Cabrillo National Monument, we headed down to the Point Loma tidepool or “rocky intertidal zone”.
The tidepool parking lot was full, so we parked at the sea cove lot. That meant more walking.
Hindsight, we would have worn better shoes and left the kids at home for this one. It’s just not very safe or easy to do with small kids.
If we had more than two kids or a baby, I’m not sure we would have even attempted it.
We chose to go down the closest path since the main tidepool area meant a longer walk, the waves were crazy that day AND low tide wasn’t until after sunset. We took it VERY slow and the steps helped out. Still scary with little ones.
The kids loved the tiny little caves. Those were away from the edge, which made my momma heart a little less anxious. When I say little, I mean very little.
It’s beautiful, but the waves and bluffs were a little too close for comfort. We kept our visit short and hustled those kids back to the top.
P and I both agreed that it wasn’t very kid friendly. I think the main tidepool area is easier to reach, but I don’t think we’ll be coming back until low tides are at better times and El Niño has passed.
I suggest this adventure for adults or families with responsible older children. It’s not impossible to do with small children, but we couldn’t really explore the tidepools because our anxiety was through the roof.
My husband is never anxious and even he thought it was too nerve-wracking with the kids.
Tips before checking out the Point Loma tidepool:
- Check the tide times.
- Check the surf advisory.
- Wear shoes with a good grip.
I’ve heard that there is also a sea cave, but it was blocked off. I could totally see why too. Those waves were not messing around!
Have you tried any of the other tidepools in San Diego? Suggestions for one to visit with small kids?