Tide tables and tide charts are essential for planning certain beach activities. Tide pools are best at low tide when the water level is low and the surf is typically calmer. Other unique features such as sea caves, rock arches, and even shipwrecks can be exposed at low tides. Some hidden beaches are inaccessible except at low tides and many beaches are completely wet at high tides.
The tide tables provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are the most accurate tidal forecasts available. However, we have found that their website is confusing and overwhelming due to the sheer number of measurement points and unfamiliar names. Many of them are far inside harbors, rivers, and bays, such as San Francisco Bay, and less accurate for the ocean beaches. So we have created the simplified list below. These are listed south to north.
San Luis Obispo County (Pismo, Avila, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria)