- One of my favorite secret spots near San Francisco is Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach!
It’s about 40 minutes south of the city and if you blink while driving down Route 1, you’ll be in Half Moon Bay before you know it and will have passed right by! The reserve is tucked back in an unassuming neighborhood, but is a real treasure during low tide when you can go tidal pooling and see starfish, anemones, fish, crabs, etc. TIP: check the tide chart before you go- it’s best to go during a negative tide!
The reserve is protected, so you can’t pocket any of the amazing shells on the beach, but it’s still fun to hunt around 🙂 There is a constant population of harbor seals on the far end of the beach that you can get a good look from the trail above. Also be sure to continue on the trail to check out the cypress grove- the trees are all over a century old. There are also a ton of eucalyptus trees, so it smells amazing!