Alex and I woke up early on Saturday morning to head down to Dana Point after reading Traci’s post about visiting the tide pools on her blog, Walk Simply. We checked the times for low tide to make sure we would be there at a good time, and headed out.
It was a warm weekend here in Southern California, with temperatures in the mid-80s, making this the perfect weekend to head to the beach! We were glad to find great parking close to the entrance of the tide pools, and were blessed with an empty shore to explore. Another bonus? We spotted some dolphins playing in the surf alongside the kayakers and the SUPers. It really was a stereo-typically-perfect beach day here in Orange County!
Here are some photos from our mini-adventure:
We saw plenty of crabs, some sea lions, sea anemones,
Tips for visiting tide pools:
- Read posted signs and follow all rules (like no dogs, no glass, and no collecting)
- Dress in layers, it may get cool while you’re that close to the water
- Bring an extra trash bag to collect liter you find along the way. Alex and I pulled a Mylar balloon and a golf ball from the tide pools
- Know when high tide is due to come in so you can be out of danger
- Bring a camera!
Have you visited a tide pool before?
Are you having strangely warm weather by you?
You can read more about Dana Point and the marine resources on the City of Dana Point’s website.