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Take Advantage of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tides

June 11, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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In Moss Beach, California, about 15 minutes north of Half Moon Bay, visitors flock to witness the world shift caused by the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tides. Thought to be one of the most biodiverse areas in the entire state, the pools are home to thousands of species that are best witnessed during low tides. This is a spectacular place to explore whether you’re a marine biology hobbyist or just enjoy beautiful ocean views and a stroll on the beach. This spot is definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area.

Explore the Tidal Pools

People have been coming to investigate this phenomenon since the early 1900s, and it is no less wonderful now than it was then. Be sure to check the tide pool chart when you are planning to visit the reserve to make sure that there will, in fact, be a low tide during daylight. While it often happens, it isn’t every day of the month. You can visit when it isn’t low tide, but you will see significantly more crawling and swimming creatures when the waters are shallower.

The tide pools are full of a variety of crab, anemone, starfish and octopus species, just to name a few. There are usually seals sunning on the beach, and the springtime is high time to see their adorable pups out alongside them. There are tours available throughout the day if you are hoping for some proper education on the natural wonders of the tide pools. There are numerous resources on the website that will prepare you in this way for your trip to the reserve, as well as educational videos. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is another good resource to learn about the wonders you will see while here.

Take Care

While there are many reasons to witness the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tides change, there are a few things to keep in mind while here. The rarity of the ecosystem demands that guests take special care when heading out to witness the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tides and what they leave behind when they head back out to sea. The reserve opens at 8 am each morning, and the closing times vary and are posted at the park. Dogs are not permitted at the park because of the of the area’s fragility, and for the same reason people are not allowed to take anything from the property. This is a place to be observed with eyes, and guests are even advised not to touch anything while here, and to tread tenderly. If you’re coming with a group of more than ten you are required to make a reservation.


If exploring the outdoors is a passion of yours, this area of Northern California is definitely for you. While the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tides are just the beginning of the glorious wonders you can see in the San Francisco Bay Area, it also one of the most unique outdoor experiences you’ll find. From cypress and redwood forests to the great coastal mountains, there are many great things to do in Half Moon Bay. For more ideas, check out this free vacation guide.