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La Jolla Cove, La Jolla

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#1 of 169 in Beaches in California
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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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  • If you have small children they will love how close you are able to get to the sea lions and seals! It's quite stinky in the area but still worth the visit!  more »
  • The caves are amazing, climb down to the water and you can swim with the sea lions. Loads of brightly coloured fish, thanks to the kelp forest just off the shore. Wish we'd brought snorkel gear!! Park...  more »
  • I don't know why La Jolla is so highly hyped. Small beach, in the water more often times sea lions, nice small shopping street. But otherwise? Since elsewhere has more S.D.. to offer. Worth only if you have plenty of time.
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  • This place is amazing! My wife and I were looking for something to do and I stumbled upon this place in Google maps, so we figured we would check it out. Amazing views and the sea lions/seals are awesome! It was like being in an open zoo or something, really cool experience. The views here are amazing as well and there are a few places to eat in the area that have good reviews. The only down side is the smell, which you should expect considering the amount of seals in the area, but it is really strong. Highly recommend this to everyone in the area to at least visit once!
  • Very cool, the sea lions and seals we're adorable and lay on rocks very close. The smell was hard to get use to very "fishy" and like has been written parking is scarce but as you drive around something normally pops open. The public restrooms were not tended it seems like in years so go before and after. But the natural beauty is amazing and the area is very upscale.
  • One of our favorite places to visit. You can get a great view of sea lions and seals sun bathing. A walk on the bluff when the sun is setting is always romantic. Highly recommend. We are looking forward to kayaking the coves soon too!
  • Definitely check this place out. It's really cool to walk around in the cliffs and check out all the sea lions. Being a nice pair of shoes so you can easily walk around the rocks without worry of slipping. It's a great spot to really and take in the views with someone.
  • Beautiful, wild coastal beach covered with large rocks and boulders. Water is fairly cool most of the year, popular with locals and tourists on weekends, especially during the summer. A very intimate, romantic beach. Small, but very cozy and exotic. Surrounded by very expensive homes and upper class, well to do residents shopping at high end boutiques and fine restaurants in the area. Highly recommended.

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