Where is there a good tidepooling beach near Berkeley, California?
February 13, 2007 11:09 PM   Subscribe

Where is there a good tidepooling beach near Berkeley, California?

Trying to find a beach good for tidepooling and looking at interesting things (interesting people optional) in or near Berkeley. I like Bolinas, but prefer not to make that twisty drive whenever I feel like rolling up my pants and wading to look at interesting inverts and hermit crabs.

Any advice?
posted by stewiethegreat to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Tidepools in Berkeley? Moooo!
You'll need to cross the bridge and head to the ocean (not the Bay) to find good tidepools. Whether you head north up HWY 1 to the Marin/Sonoma coast or south down HWY 1 along the San Mateo County coast, it'll be twisty...and beautiful and fun.
posted by artdrectr at 12:43 AM on February 14, 2007

Notably, Moss Beach off Route 1 has an expansive tidepool area.
posted by mikepop at 6:03 AM on February 14, 2007

The Moss Beach tide pools are here. Note the parking lot, it's across the street from the path down the hill.
posted by doctor_negative at 8:21 AM on February 14, 2007

A smaller beach (and further away than Moss Beach though) is south of Pescadero State Park / Beach. There is a little beach called "Pebble Beach" with volcanic formations on the coast that create a lot of tidepool stuff (and a "pebbly" beach). There are also lots of rock outcroppings where seals and birds hang out. (NB: It's really called Pebble Beach, but it sure isn't that one with a golf course way the hell down the coast). I think this might be it although it's hard for me to tell in a satellite picture. It's quite small, but obviously not as well visited as others.
posted by R343L at 10:45 AM on February 14, 2007

Dunno if you call Dillon Beach (extreme north end of Marin County) near Berkeley, but I do know it is great for tidepooling, especially if you like sea stars, urchins and the occasional trapped fish.
posted by Lynsey at 12:05 PM on February 14, 2007

I mean, there is the whole Berkeley marina, the Berkeley-Emeryville walkway, and the Emeryville spit & marina. It all has interesting things to look at. The south side of the Emeryville spit has rocks where long-legged birds hang out and further down, at the Emeryville marina, I saw a crazy bird (a kingfisher) diving for fish from the masts of boats. Or if you head north from Berkeley on those bike trails, you can check out the Albany beach & Albany bulb, or keep going up toward the Richmond marina, where there are nice wetlands. None of this is tidepooling, but you can check it out via a 10-minute detour during your errands or on a 45-minute bike ride, rather than a full day's activity, and it keeps you connected to the tides and birds.
posted by salvia at 10:21 PM on February 14, 2007

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