Low Tides for Monterey Bay Area 8/13-16 + Good Beaches for kids

IMG_9003.JPG(My 4 yr old collecting hermit crabs in her bucket) Pleasure Point (‘The Hook’ beach at end of 41st Ave, Santa Cruz)

Here are the low tides for the Monterey Bay, CA 8/13-8/16

Wednesday 8/13 @ 7:00 am Tide: 0.0
Thursday 8/14 @ 7:43 am Tide: 0.5
Friday 7/15 @ 8/15 am Tide: 1.1
Saturday 8/16 @ 9:19 am Tide: 1.7 (not many tide pools, just a good tide for kids to play in water)

* BEST tide pool tide is Wed 8/13. Take some coffee and hot coco and do some morning exploring. Afternoon low tides start 8/25

Next set of low tides starts Monday Aug 25th at 5 pm Tide 1.9 Click HERE to see all the tides for 2014

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: Monday July 14th @ 6:37am Tide: -1.1 (VERY low tide). At 6:38am, the tide will start coming back in slowly

Good Tide Pool Beaches to visit at 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.


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  1. Anonymous
    Aug 13, 2014 @ 08:56:35

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