We have some of the very best tide pools in North America..
Tide pools are defined by the humdrum as being rocky pools of seawater that appear only at low tide. This definition is definitively defective. A tide pool is a treasure trove of color, shape and sparkle. It is a magic place full of extraordinarily hardy creatures able to live in constantly changing temperatures, salinity, and oxygen content. These magnificent, slightly squishy denizens of the ocean's edge routinely withstand powerful currents, smashing waves, exposure to brutal sunlight, and hungry predators including each other and everything from gulls to black bears.
Marine biologists talk in terms of zones along the ocean edge. They define a low tide zone, a mid tide zone, and a high tide zone and some of these very precise scientists even talk about a splash zone inhabited by barnacles and lichen. The real tide pools are the ones that get drowned by the tides at least twice a day every day and the most interesting ones are the pools that only appear at low tide. Here we will find beautiful algae, sea palms, grasses, kelp, and other strange vegetation ranging in color from pure black to brilliant greens and purples, and reds and yellows. Brilliantly colored crabs, starfish, sea anemones, sea stars, sea urchins, shrimp, snails, and sponges are but a few of the animals that we will find.
Our part of the world has some of the very best tide pools in North America and almost nobody knows it. If you stay with us and if you are interested in tide pools we will tell you where and when to go to see the very best of these magical places.