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La Jolla Cove, La Jolla

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#1 of 219 in Beaches in California
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. Plan your La Jolla Cove visit and explore what else you can see and do in San Diego using our San Diego trip planner .
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  • This was amazing! Seeing all the seals and sea lions up so close and such a nice environment was just completely a great experience that we will never forget. Very very cool for anyone who loves anima...  more »
  • This is a very neat location, definitely worth paying a visit. But the cove gets crowded, as there's not much beach space. So if you're looking for a relaxing day at the beach where you're not on top ...  more »
  • Nice atmosphere of the city and the sea lion in the wild is just around the corner, so many channels is recommended. Popularity is high as people want to live in San Diego. Buses go from downtown.
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  • I absolutely love La Jolla cove. It’s family friendly and has so much to do for the adventurous one in the family. There is snorkeling and canoeing. You can even just walk or swim to the caves and find the sea lions “talking” just an all out great place. There is also shopping and great eats in walking distance to the coves.
  • One of my favorite places in the world! Love the sea lions, the rocky cliffs, the waves, the birds. There’s beautiful parks and a nice coastal walkway on the cliffs for more beaches and sea lion outlooks. Plus you are close to many magnificent shops and restaurants. One of my peeves though? All the damn people who ignore the signs and walk right up the the sea lions to get photo and selfie ops, especially during pupping season. It’s a disgrace, the animals get so stressed out. You even see people bringing their dogs out onto the rocks and letting them walk up to and bark at the sea lions. It’s unbelievable! I don’t have a problem with taking pics of the creatures or walking by them, but keep a healthy distance and don’t get right up in their face or surround them. When they are barking at you it’s not funny, they are warning you to stay back cause you are scaring them. One of these days authorities will block all the openings to access the beaches and cliffs because of ignorant people ruining nature for others and harassing these poor creatures.
  • Love this beach and La Jolla , safe, clean and enough space to relax. The sea lions, seagulls and pelicans were fascinating to watch and the natural beauty of the area surrounding the beach was stunning . I was really able to connect with the nature around me. Great for snorkelling and diving too.
  • Beautiful place. A lovely walk over looking the cliffs and cove. You can take some really great pictures of the scenery and wildlife. There is sea lion beach there. You can walk right down onto the beach and watch the sea lions. There is a rope that separates so you don't get too close to them. A definite must if you are going to La Jolla.
  • So amazing! The views. The scenery. The wildlife. It is very touristy, but still worth the trip. Please respect the space of the wildlife. Remember they are wild creatures. Don't put their life at risk for your picture perfect moment. #naturelover
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