The Pacific coast of the US is full of beautiful places to visit and explore. During your stay at the Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay, you can choose from an array of fabulous beaches and forests to view. One place you must check out if you want to get in touch with nature is Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in nearby Moss Beach. This intertidal area is home to a huge variety of aquatic organisms and full of opportunities to learn about the environment of this special place. Read on to find out what awaits you at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
Tide Pools and Habitats
The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is famous for its tide pools as they are some of the best examples of such habitats in the state of California. It’s one of 34 California coastal habitats being designated as having “Special Biological Significance.” The species that inhabit the tide pools include: sea urchins, anemone, hermit crabs, various mollusks, and more. There are also beaches and coastal marsh habitats located on the reserve that are home to species such as sea lions, seals, terns, gulls, heron, and egret.
Two types of tours are offered at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Tours led by the reserve staff, docents and volunteers offer and expert look at the environments of the different habitats. There is also a self-guided tour, a guide for which is available to help you navigate the reserve. To get the most out of your tour, you should arrive around low tide, as that is the best time to explore the tide pools. You can check the tour schedule and tide chart to determine the best time to plan your tour.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve includes hiking trails, so you can explore the land on foot and discover all the flora and fauna in a natural display. There are three hiking trails in Fitzgerald Marine Reserve: the Bluff Trail, the Costal Trail, and the Cypress Trail. Each trail features amazing views of a cypress grove, sea bluffs, and the Pacific Ocean. There is a short segment of the California Coastal Trail which is accessible to the disabled, bicycles, and horses.
Classes, Seminars, and Workshops
The staff and docents of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve sometimes lead workshops, classes, and seminars focused on nature study. These activities are in keeping with the mission of the reserve to protect and preserve the tide pools, beaches and coastal marshes within its boundaries. They also help educate the public on the importance of these environments.
As you plan your visit to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, be sure to book your stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast. Located less than 15 minutes away from the reserve, the Mill Rose Inn offers elegant accommodations and luxurious amenities. Plus, our gardens are beautifully kept and full of color all year, so you can continue to enjoy the outdoors when you’re relaxing at the inn after a day at the reserve. When you choose Mill Rose Inn, you can be sure your getaway will be one to remember!
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