The tide pools at Leo Carillo State Beach are a great place to see the various types of tide pools. There are large boulder fields, rocky out crop and large, flat benches that provide a great variety of marine life and habitat to see. This is also a great place to take the family and spend a few hours, explore the sea caves even take a shore hike in the nearby mountains. This location was also used in the TV series Life in a Tide Pool - Sea Hares and Nudibranchs".
The tide pools at Abalone Cove are one of the best in Los Angeles County. The tide pools are located quite far from the parking area so be prepared for a walk. There are restrooms on the beach below. The tide pools are what make this location so special. There are large shallow pools where visitors can slowly walk around and see lots of urchins, sea hares are everywhere along with lots of sea anemones. The more exposed locations have lots of mussels, barnacles and algae. These tide pools have the highest diversity of marine life in the county.
The tide pools at Whites Point are a great location to see lots of mussels, barnacles and other marine life. The tide pools are just a short walk from the parking area and have lots of places to explore. When visiting this area, make sure to explore the surge channels as they have a good variety of marine life including mussels, limpets, barnacle, snails and hermit crabs. This location was also used in the TV series about tide pools Life in a TIde Pool - Mussels and Clams".