Very high and very low tides make the months of November – February a great time to be in San Diego. High tides produce waves the height of two-story buildings and low tides reveal beautiful wide expanses of beach. San Diego: Winter Fun Activities
Visitors will know the tide is unusually high when they drive along Coast Boulevard in La Jolla and see the sidewalk lined with locals staring out at the sea. In front of Scripps Park, this human picket fence is watching brave body surfers; in other areas, eyes are riveted on board surfers. At the Children’s Pool – it’s the thunderous waves themselves as they crash on the seawall.
Marine Room High Tide Breakfasts
The Marine Room in La Jolla Shores is one of the best places to enjoy the high tide. This award-winning restaurant offers special breakfasts on days when the tide is predicted to be especially high. Consistently voted “Best Dining with a View,” the scene only gets better during high tide when the surf crashes against floor-to-ceiling windows.
It’s the savvy traveler who will make reservations for breakfast on :
Saturday, November 6, 8 to 11 a.m.
Sunday, November 7, 8 to 11 a.m.
Sunday, November 21, 7 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, December 4, 7 to 10 a.m.
Sunday, December 5, 7 to 10 a.m.
Explore Local Tide Pools with Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Low tides are also fun because this is when tide pooling is at its best. Anyone can go down to the beach (my favorite spot is just north of the pier at La Jolla Shores) and poke around, but Birch Aquarium at Scripps also offers excursions guided by their naturalists who lead guests through the fragile environment and explore pools teeming with native marine life, such as hermit crabs, sea hares, and sea anemones. The cost is $12, ages 2 and older. RSVP to 858-534-7336 or online at aquarium.ucsd.edu for one of the following dates:
Nov. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dike Rock in La Jolla
Dec. 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. False Point in La Jolla
Dec. 19, 1-3 p.m. Dike Rock in La Jolla
Jan. 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Hospital Point in La Jolla
Jan. 29, 12-2 p.m. False Point in La Jolla
Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dike Rock in La Jolla
Feb. 27, 12-2 p.m. Hospital Point in La Jolla
For more winter activities in San Diego’s favorite coastal community, see the La Jolla – Calendar of Winter Events
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