A beloved local hang-out spot and a real winner with kids of all ages. These twin pools sit side by side perpendicular to the ocean, overlooked by an historic pavilion. Both (usually) have sandy bottoms and stay pretty much free of algae, even in the summer.
On the rock platform to the south there is a third natural rock pool that is wonderful for paddling.
When the tide is high the waves wash into both pools and make for some wild swimming (which bigger kids will absolutely love.)
Austinmer Rock Pool has near-by cafes, a fenced playground and a patrolled beach as well. The area gets very popular on sunny weekends, so parking can become tricky.