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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Life scuttles, darts, and barks in some of the state’s best tide pools

This little gem in Moss Beach, some 20 miles south of San Francisco, has some of the best tide pooling in California. At low tide, look down and scan the natural rocky reefs just offshore to discover a vibrant world of crabs, sea stars, swaying anemones, and bat stars. In shallow pools, look for the darting movements of tiny camouflaged fish called a sculpin. And you can’t miss the resident population of hundreds of harbor seals that haul up on the rocks or bob in the waves.

Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve offers docent-led tours, or wander on your own— green-jacketed docents are happy to answer questions even if you’re not on a tour. Time your visit when the tide is out (zero or negative tides are best). If the tide is up, take a walk through the nearby grove of wind-carved Monterey cypress. Get great sunset views from surrounding ocean bluffs; December through March, scan the horizon for the spouts of migrating gray whales. At the end of the day, enjoy fresh-off-the-boat seafood at nearby Moss Beach Distillery, or head just down the road to kick back by the outdoor fire pits at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. For a splurge, spend the night at Moss Beach’s garden-wrapped Seal Cove Inn.

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"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me." —singer Tony Bennett

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