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La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
(4.6/5 based on 7,500+ reviews on the web)
Famous for its tide pools and sea lions, La Jolla Cove features a tiny beach surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Part of a protected reserve known for its rich marine life, this stretch of coastline counts among one of the most photographed sites in San Diego. You can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive here, taking advantage of the calm waters that provide an ecologically safe home for orange Garibaldi fish and several species of marine invertebrates. In order to protect all animals inside this area, lifeguards strictly enforce the rules forbidding surfboards, kayaks, boogie boards, and inflatable mattresses within the cove. To visit La Jolla Cove and other attractions in San Diego, use our San Diego family vacation planner.
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  • I love taking visitors to view the Harbor Seals laying on this tiny each. Even though originally built for children to swim, children's beach has been taken over by seals. It would be a health risk to...  more »
  • Had to take the short drive down and it was well worth it. Loved the sea lions and the beautiful view of the cove. 
  • Wonderful sunny day spent seal watching, body surfers and fun, coastal food. Great shopping ($$$). Wear comfortable shoes! 
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  • We at at Duke's for breakfast which overlooked the cove. After breakfast, we walked down there and the views were amazing. You can get very close to the seals but remember to respect their space. Also a great place to see many varieties of birds. Our waiter told us that the cove is a marine reserve that you can go snorkeling in with many varieties of fish. You can also do a kayak tour to see the many caves. Also lots of places to shop, eat and drink. Side note: Some people were getting too close and upsetting the seals. Would you want a stranger coming up to you while you were sleeping on the beach? End of rant.
  • Beautiful views! Lots of activities here to do and see. I watched the sea lions and seals in the cove from the cliffs and there is a gate for access down to the bottom for the brave. Just a fun place to walk around and enjoy the sights. Parking is tough but if your lucky midweek you can pull right up in a space.
  • This place has a bunch of attractions. The cove has a bunch of seals that perch on the rocks to see and even get close to. Then you have the town right above the cove. The town is great, it has everything. Food, art galleries, dessert, drinks, shopping, etc. Very classy. You can easily spend all day here if not more. Definitely would go back.
  • A great place to roam, to check out the sea lions, to check out fancy shops and restaurants and more. Family fun adventures never end, so much to do. Also please don't touch the sea lions, they will bite! Leave them as they are. Thanks.
  • The La Jolla cove has beautiful scenery and it's a fun place to take in the local wildlife. It gets crowded on the weekend and parking is difficult. Bring your walking shoes and camera to walk the scenic paths and make memories.