Monterey Bay Low Tides and Best Beaches for Tide Pools 6/15-22

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My kids at low tide on West Cliff, Santa Cruz 2 yr ago. It captures my kids so well.

Here are the low tides for the Monterey Bay, CA 6/15-22

Sunday 6/15 @ 7:10 am Tide: -1.4 Happy Father’s Day
Monday 6/16 @ 7:57 am Tide: -1.1
Tuesday 6/17 @ 8:46 am Tide: -0.8
Wednesday 6/18 @ 9:36 am Tide: -0.3
Thursday 6/19 @ 10:28 am Tide: 0.3
Friday 6/20 @ 11:22 am Tide: 0.8
Saturday 6/21 @ 12:16 pm Tide: 1.3
Sunday 6/22 @ 1:10 pm Tide 1.7

Next set of low tides starts Monday June 30th at 7:26am Tide -0.2

What do tide numbers mean? The more negative (or smaller) the number the lower the tide. The lower the tide the more tide pools there will be (depending on location)

When should I go down to beach based on tide charts? It is best to get to the beach BEFORE the low tide time to get the full window of tide pools. The tide charts post the peak of low and high tides (4 tides daily). The tide will start to come back in 1 minute after the peak time given in the tide charts.

Example: Sunday June 15 @ 7:10am Tide: -1.4 (VERY low tide). At 7:11am, the tide will start coming back in slowly

Good Tide Pool Beaches to go to low tide: Monterey and Pacific Grove beaches are beautiful but can be very foggy. Lover’s Pt in Pacific Grove is my favorite. Capitola Beach, heading away from the village towards Aptos has great tide pools, lots of parking in mornings. Pleasure Point Beaches (at the end of 41st Ave, Santa Cruz there is a FREE parking lot), and West Cliff Drive Beaches, Santa Cruz ( walking away from the lighthouse going North at low tide there is a picturesque rock you can walk through that is the entrance to a pretty little pocket beach. FREE parking lot by lighthouse). Heading north on Hwy 1, Davenport has some great tide pool beaches as well.

Tell me if you found an sea treasures. My kids always do.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Jun 15, 2014 @ 22:21:01

    Great summary of low tides!


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