Point Beach, Half Moon Bay, California
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These very low tides occur twice
per month, but usually occur at night or during a
weekday. So these negative tide events on weekends
during daylight provide rare opportunities to see TONS of
critters that are rarely visible. Mussels, sea stars, eels,
clams, crabs crabs crabs, and tons of other critters become
trapped in the tide pools for a few hours. You name it,
you'll see it!
How to get there?
Set your GPS to find
parking here: CA-1 and Capistrano
Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
Park in Pillar Point Lot C. Start walking toward the reef
under the satelite dishes next to the HMB airport. It's
about a 1 mile walk, give or take.
Come and go as you please, this is a public park so
everything is open to the public. No charge for anything.
These are NOT guided tours, so you are on your own, though
several naturalists usually show up to answer questions.
Parking plentiful in Half Moon Bay Lot C: Yahoo Map for Capistrano Rd, El Granada
(the small town just a few miles north Half Moon Bay)
From Hwy 92:
Go north on Highway 1, turn left at the fourth traffic light
onto Capistrano Dr. Take the next left into the Pillar Point
Harbor and park in parking lot C, on your left.
From San Francisco:
Go south on Highway 280. Take Highway 1 south to Pacifica.
Drive past Pacifica and over Devil's Slide. At the first
traffic light after Devil's Slide, turn right on Capistrano
Dr. Take the next left into the Pillar Point Harbor and park
in parking lot C, on your left.
Park in Lot C across from the white tents at Half Moon Bay
Map here for Capistrano Rd in El Granada, just north of Half