teeming with life
Botanical Beach (and adjacent Botany Bay) is a mind-blowing must-see. Shady upland trails open to windswept beaches and sandstone moonscapes. One of the richest intertidal zones on the West Coast, the tide pools here teem with marine life: Giant green anemones, ruby red starfish and spiny sea urchins. The cavernous basins are like the footprints of giants.
The site of a former marine research station, the beach is now a protected home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. It’s also the terminus for the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Hours of fun for beachcombers of all ages.