Camino De La Costa – An Unexpected Tide Pool on the San Diego Coast (California)
Posted by Jody on December 9, 2011
Last week, Greg and I headed to sunny Southern California to explore the sometimes rocky, sometimes sandy coast of San Diego. With 70 miles of San Diego County coastline to choose from, we decided the Village of La Jolla would be a great place to begin an “explore.” From there, we headed south to Pacific Beach, home of the landmark Crystal Pier. We figured that the best way to really experience what this diverse section of the Pacific coast has to offer is to do so on foot. Passing by many of the well-known beaches and surfing areas, we enjoyed the ever-changing ups and downs of the coastline. We descended well placed stairs, walked along sandy beaches, and just plain scrambled over and across the rocks and ledges that form the coast of this beautiful area of the Golden State.
While meandering between La Jolla Cove and Pacific Beach, we found ourselves on a sidewalk that paralleled a more jagged section of the shore. That’s where Greg and I found a wonderful little tide pool area! Clearly others had been there before. After all, there was a stairway. Had we been driving along La Jolla Boulevard between the most popular beaches, we never would have seen this beautiful spot just a couple of blocks off the major thoroughfare. We never would have known what we were missing!
This peaceful little tide pool site, jutting into the Pacific Ocean, was teeming with marine life.
Although we are nowhere near expert in intertidal habitats and their residents, we could identify various limpets, chitons, top snails and periwinkles in the Camino De La Costa tide pools. If you zoom in on the photo you may be able to identify so much more! It’s really amazing how much life exists in such small rock pools of seawater. Please let us know what you find!
~If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.~ Heraclitus