One of my favorite adventures that I used to do as a child with my family was visit the local tide pools in La Jolla, California – a beach town that is a suburb of San Diego, California. These day trips consisted of my brother and I running around the natural tide pools looking in the smallest holes and crevices to see the sea creatures. Because this location always had a low tide, it was bursting at the seams with tide pool wildlife. On any given day during the year these tide pools are frequented by local and visiting families, as it is a fantastic activity to do with children.
In the northern beaches of San Diego, including La Jolla, Torrey Pines and Del Mar, are some of the more rocky seafront areas, which are the best places to view tide pools. The animals that can be viewed there include sea urchins, crabs, colorful starfish, and flowing sea anemones. These tide pool locations have been well preserved by those who visit and it is crucial to remember as a visitor to not touch the animals or disturb their home. As a child, I remember finding this extremely difficult, especially for the sea urchins who had the most colorful tentacles.
If you happen to be in the area of Southern California to visit these tide pools, staying at a nearby Best Western hotel would be the way to go. Conveniently there are several nearby locations for travelers to choose from such as the BEST WESTERN Stratford Inn in Del Mar, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn by the Sea in La Jolla, or the BEST WESTERN Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach. Each of these hotels are just minutes away from some of the most exciting tide pool locations in California, and boast some of the best costal views in San Diego.