When we told people we were going to the beach in the Bay Area, everyone looked at us like we were crazy and said "You know you can't swim there, right, it's way too cold!"
Yes, we knew. We were prepared for foggy, cool, wet beach weather and we were excited to read books on the beach, go for walks looking for seashells, and build "real" sandcastles. Mostly we were excited to explore the tide pools!
We ended up having some really hot, sunny weather, but every morning was very cool and very, very foggy. The tide was out in the early mornings, so we walked down (1/2 mile or so from our house) to the tide pools every morning to explore.
Sea anemones!! They suckered onto your finger if you touched them.
First starfish we found. After we spotted this guy, we realized they were all over the place--they just really blend in to the rocks if you don't know what to look for!