At the north end of the park, Agate Beach has waves, wildflowers, and semi-precious stones, including agates, jade, and jasper. Native people who lived here used agates for their traditional jewelry.
At the south end of the park, Palmer’s Point Beach has world-class tide pools with sea stars and sea urchins. Do not disturb tide pool residents—even picking up a rock or turning over a sea creature disturbs the balance of life. No collecting is allowed.
Ask at the visitor center for a “Get in the Zone! Life in the Intertidal Zones of Patrick’s Point State Park” brochure to help with tide pool identification.
Warning: The ocean off Patrick's Point State Park is too cold and dangerous for swimming. Please keep an eye on small children, as there are unexpected holes in the underwater sand and the undertow can be very strong. Occasional "sleeper" waves appear unexpectedly and can be much larger than typical waves.