Cardiff State Beach Tide Pools

Location: Cardiff, California (map)

Tide Pool Highlights

Cardiff State Beach Tide Pools are located by the bluffs at the south end of the parking lot at Cardiff State Beach. You can get here on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Before you walk down to the rocky area you will see an information sign with illustrations of tide pool life. There is a box that is periodically stocked with a colorful brochure about tide pools.

The rocks at Cardiff State Beach Tide Pools are interesting sedimentary rocks about 45 million years old that contain fossil clams firmly embedded within.

There are good tide pools here, as well as at San Elijo State Beach and campground just to the north.