Shell Beach Tide Pools


Tide Pool Highlights

Location: Shell Beach area, Coast Blvd
La Jolla, CA (map)

Shell Beach has a fairly good tide pool area at low tide. Shell Beach Tide Pools is at the south end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla at the bottom of a small cement stairway. On a good day at low tide, you can see many people exploring the tide pools. The glistening water and gentle breeze make for a refreshing experience.

But the surf can be powerful here, and you won’t be able to see much sea life, unless you come when the tide is really low, preferably a minus tide. The big attraction of Shell Beach Tide Pools is Seal Rock Reserve, a big rock offshore where seals and sea lions come to rest and sun themselves. A few years ago the reserve was expanded to include the sandy cove just to the south of Shell Beach.