One of the things my boys have always loved to do while visiting southern California is explore the beach, tide pools and caves! One of our favorite spots to tide pool is Little Corona Del Mar Beach.
You can get to the beach on the corner of Ocean Blvd and Poppy Ave. If you’re facing the ocean to the right is the main beach and to the left down a couple slopes (NOT fun to drag stuff up after a long day) is where you can find our favorite spot. HERE is a google map of the spot. We’ll park anywhere nearby and just walk down because the walk (and view) is so beautiful.
Keep in mind that parking is tight so the earlier (or later) you get there the better. I always like visiting during the week in school season but it really is great any time of year. The best tide pools will be a bit of a walk but if you have smaller kids with you the closest pools have some great stuff to check out too!
I love looking at the houses in the area on the walk down! There are bathrooms nearby with showers to rinse off if needed.
Check the tide schedule before you go and try to be there around low tide, but really, even if you can’t its a fun place to check out. It’s a great place to explore and check out all sorts of living things. To protect the area don’t take or move anything. I’d hate to see this spot closed off to people because we love it so much, but I have seen people treat the area terribly which is really disappointing.
Do you have a favorite tide pooling spot? I’d love to hear about it so we can check it out!
Author: Allison Waken
Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!