Beach Scenery at Cattle Point
This is maybe the finest beach scenery on San Juan? Cattle Point has two beautiful sandy beaches with rocky edges perfect for looking at tidepools at low tide. This area on the south end of the Island is open grassland with amazing views over the water toward Lopez Island. You can walk along the sand at the water's edge and continue onto rock, looking at tidepools and seaweed and all sorts of things left behind by the receding tide.
Keep an eye out for eagles, cormorants, seals and sea lions, deer and foxes. This is an amazing intertidal zone, offering lots of opportunities for tidepool viewing at low tide. Classroom groups from elementary school all the way up through grad school gather here to explore the intertidal zone at low tide because of the variety and diversity of plants and animals.
There is a large lawn between the beaches and the parking area with a cement block building in the center with visitor information about the wildlife in the area.
In the 1920s and early '30s the building held a Navy radio transmitter, and was empty until the recent remodel into the current Interpretive Center.
From the lawn area, you can follow a series of wooden reinforced steps down to the first beach. The steps can be tricky, so watch your step.
This is the first beach as viewed from the grassy bluff. Here is the beach at a fairly low tide.
The second beach is on the left side of the lawn area, as seen in the photos above.
You can take a trail to Cattle Point's lighthouse with visitor information and more great views over the water and the south end of the Island.
This is a view of the beach from the direction of the lighthouse.
From here you can
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