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Tide Pool Beach
updated: Dec 30, 2013, 2:00 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I am wondering what beach has the best tide pools at low tide. Does anyone have a favorite beach for that?

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 COMMENT 481318 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 02:06 PM

Jelly bowl in carp

 

 COMMENT 481320 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 02:13 PM

i know. but i'm keeping it a secret. too many know about it already...

 

 COMMENT 481322 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 02:13 PM

Crystal Cove has great ones.

 

 COMMENT 481323 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 02:16 PM

Haskall's off of Ellwood

 

 COMMENT 481326 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 02:18 PM

Arroyo Hondo.

 

 COMMENT 481328 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 02:20 PM

Between Ledbetter and Mesa Lane is good. Obviously depends upon the tides and storms. There's a lot of sand on the beaches still as we've not had many winter storms.

 

 COMMENT 481330 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 02:31 PM

Haskell's beach (formerly know as Tecolote Canyon beach) is below the Bacara and has no tide pools. The tide pools at Ellwood are below the western portion of the Ellwood bluffs (Santa Barbara Shores County Park) and continue west past the Sandpiper Golf Course property line.

 

 COMMENT 481341 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 03:40 PM

what 320 meant to say is, go on an adventure at low tide and see what you find!

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 03:57 PM

Rincon at county line

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 04:12 PM

Tar Pits in Carpinteria is great, Marine Biologists come here at low tides to study the tidepools. Go to the end of Calle Ocho, walk over the RR tracks, down the steps to the beach.

 

 COMMENT 481356 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 04:22 PM

Devereux / Coal Oil Point / Isla Vista

 

 COMMENT 481380P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 07:06 PM

Hendry's - toward Hope Ranch.

 

 COMMENT 481383 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 07:39 PM

The dog beach at Hendry's is nice at low tide if you don't mind dodging pit bulls and vagrants.

 

 COMMENT 481385 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 07:45 PM

Spooner's cove in Montana de Oro, State Park, Los Osos. Little bit of a drive from SB.

 

 COMMENT 481398P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-30 10:11 PM

just remember, never remove anything from a tide pool. Take only photos, which I hope you'll do!

 

 COMMENT 481404P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 01:20 AM

398P: Yes! I wish the schools would stop taking kids to ravage the tide pools. And I loathe it that people think it's a-okay to mess with the pools. PLEASE, everyone: remember that tide pools are fragile ecosystems. Stop ripping out live creatures and other bits, and tromping around in the pools, just for your own amusement.

 

 COMMENT 481423 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 07:27 AM

hammonds

 

 COMMENT 481424 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 07:37 AM

When I was a kid we used to go down to the beach below Shoreline Park (before it was a park, no stairs.) There used to be so much more life in the pools: shark eggs, octopus, small fish, starfish... Now it seems all I find are hermit crabs and anemones. Wonder why that is?

 

 COMMENT 481453 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 09:04 AM

Keep your GRUBBY little hands out of the tide pools and leave those small animals alone.

Yeah. It was cool when you were a kid to take crabs and starfish home so they could die in a bucket.

But we've grown up now and we've realized that it's not cool.

So stop walking all over the sea anemones and killing them simply because you want to scavenge for things.

 

 COMMENT 481454 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 09:08 AM

Hollister ranch has nice tide pools

 

 COMMENT 481494 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 12:25 PM

LOOK but don't TOUCH at the tide pools!!!!! Our ocean life balance is more fragile than most people realize. Don't step on any creatures and be mindful, PLEASE!

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 02:29 PM

Tide pools have certainly changed in my lifetime, less life in them. My mother, like me, grew up at Miramar Beach; she said there were a lot of abalone on the rocks then.

 

 COMMENT 481591P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 06:00 PM

There certainly are a lot of scolds online today. Many of us tide pool veterans don't bug the wildlife, but just admire it. We do consider shells or pretty rocks fair game. I'm so tired of zealots telling me that taking a shell or rock from the beach will ruin the beach, or taking a pine cone means the end of the forest.

Over-stating your case weakens it. If taking a shell, rock, stick with lichen, or pine cone homes turns you into more of a nature enthusiast, that's a good thing. Just because I picked up an owl feather (illegal) doesn't mean that I'm less of an environmentalist than you are. It just means that I don't buy into extremist myths.

 

 COMMENT 481595P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 06:29 PM

481591P - so, to what do you attribute the huge losses seen even in the last 50 years?

 

 COMMENT 481605 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-31 07:05 PM

Sands beach. But the best is Jalama Beach if your up for a drive. Has to be a negative tide.

 

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