LiLing Pang's Passport


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27 June 2008

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San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States

About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
3 Kids 5-13 years old boys and girls

When we travel, good food and adventure always abound. Our family loves to push the limit of what we can do with children. Our mantra has always been - have kids, will travel. However, this doesn't mean I'm unlike most frantic moms before a trip. Wanting adventure and being a control freak can sometimes be a lethal combination.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, independent, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Hawaii, Montana, Lake Tahoe
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Eastern Europe, Italy
Favorite Vacation Memory
Climbing Machu Picchu with a 4 month old infant in a slight and having all the locals stop us to ask what happened to his feet which were all bundled up. They just couldn't believe it wouldn't be bow legged.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Getting to the airport on our way to Scotland with my 15 month old and discovering that my husband's passport had expired. Instead of rebooking all of our flights, we decided that I would do the first leg of our journey on my own with baby. Unfortunately, we had not packed for me to be flying by myself. I could bearly walk to the runway with all my bags and a 15 month old who would get distracted by everything along the way. He then proceeded to sleep only 1 hour of the entire 11 hour journey (red-eye). It was pretty miserable.
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Kid-friendly Tidepools in California

Not all tide pools area created the same.  Some have such high surf that it isn't very safe for kids. Others tie in rock formations that are nice and flat, easy for little ones to negotiate.  Here is a list of tide pools in California that are great with kids.  The top of the list starts with tide pool beaches north of San Francisco and we head south from there to the Central Coast, Los Angeles and Orange County and finally to San Diego County.


24100 MacKerricher Road
Fort Bragg, California

Besides beautiful scenery, the tide pools at MacKerricher are full of colorful sea stars and anemones. Totally unspoiled. You are also likely to see seals


Shoreline Hwy and Redwood Creek
Muir Beach, California

Northern end of of Muir Beach has some tide pools, but exercise caution on the rocks with young kids. More suitable for older kids.


Hwy 1 (cabrillo Hwy) and Linda Mar Blvd
Pacifica, California

Head to the southern most end of the beach in front of the beach houses. You'll find a large number of sea stars and sea anemone, as well as other creatures.

reviewed on: June 28 2008

"Best beach in Pacifica for children"
Unlike the other beaches in Pacifica which have strong undertow, Linda Mar Beach is gentle and more sheltered.  Sand is nicer, but can be dirty at various times depending on the tides.  Ample parking, showers and bathrooms make this beach easily accessible for families.


200 Nevada Ave.
Moss Beach, California

30 acres. It's a spectacle of sea anemones, crabs and a close-up look at a one-of-a-kind world.


Pescadero State Beach
Pescadero, California

Easy to get to, but a little hard very for very young kids to clamber over the large rocks. Nonetheless, the tide pools here are quite healthy.


East Cliff Dr. and Pleasure Point Dr.
Santa Cruz, California

There are 4 sets of stairs to get down to the beach area, but it must be a low tide for the best tide pooling which can be about 600 feet wide at times, . Go when the Low Tide is listed at 1.0 to -0.6. Lots of birds as well as surfers to watch too. (Thank you fellow Trekarooer, bucksjb, for this wonderful suggestion.)


Morro Strand Beach (north end)
Morro Bay, California

The tide pools are completed covered at high tide, but during low tide, the pools are teaming with starfish, anemone, mussels, sea urchins and more.


1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, California

On the western edge of the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma. During low tide, pools form along the area’s rocky depressions, and if you’re lucky, you could see flowery anemones, elusive octopi, spongy deadman’s fingers and many other creatures.


Poppy and PCH
Corona del Mar, California

Little Corona Marine Refuge has great tide pools for kids. It is a marine reserve, so there are strict rules about not removing anything from the beach.


Ocean Boulevard
Coronado, California



Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beac
Corona del Mar, California

I don't know that I've ever been on a bad beach in California. But I've never been on one with as many appealing qualities as Crystal Cove: tide pools, scenic bluffs and a family-friendly vibe. It's roomy too, although development on this stretch of land between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach has amped up the action in recent years. Still, on weekends, you'll have plenty of space for a blanket or a pop-up awning. No snack shops or bike rentals here, just a great rustic and pristine beach. Note that the walk from the parking lot to the beach can be long and steep.


1801 W Paseo Del Mar San Pedro
San Pedro, California

Park at the top of the bluffs and walk down or pay $6 to drive right down to these tide pools. You'll see translucent shrimp, tiny spiny sea urchins, starfish clinging to rocks, sea anemones waving in the ebb and flow like bromeliads in a flooded garden.


2531 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California

Low tides reveal sea stars, crabs, sea anemones, and other colorful ocean life. Kids will also enjoy seeing the natural bridge formed by wave erosion and migrating whales, otters and seals playing off shore, and lots of shore birds.


Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
California 1 Big Sur, California

Starfish, sea anemone and other tidepool denizens crowd in at the Julia Pfeiffer Burns Underwater Park


3550 Pecho Valley Rd
Morro Bay, California

Best tidepools are at Coralina Coves tidepools, accessible via the bluffs trail. Tidepools are great for little ones and it's not unusual to spot dolphins, sea lions and oystercatchers in the coves.


35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California

Located just 28 miles of Santa Monica, you'll be able to explore tidepools and sea caves.


Broadway St.
Laguna Beach, California

Tide pools are located on the North end of this beach. You can walk on a boardwalk most of the way. It's great for kids, because this beach also has a playground.


31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, California


25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California


1298 South Coast Hwy
Encinitas, California

Popular tide pools with school groups.


La Jolla Cove
La Jolla, California



Coast Blvd
Between Girard and Jenner Streets La Jolla, California

Just south of La Jolla Cove, smaller and great for kids to explore tide pools, hunt for shells, wade in the calm waters and look at seals.


Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, California

The most extensive network of tidepools in San Diego County are at Point Loma. This beach is full of rocky formations and stunning views too. Docents are often at hand to answer questions.


Scripps Pier
La Jolla, California

Just north of the Scripps Pier are some lovely tidepools. You'll have to walk a little ways to the northside of the Dike. Fortunately,the walk is along a sandy beach. It's common to see lots of star fish and even octopuses.