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La Jolla Cove, San Diego

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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. 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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  • We enjoyed seeing the sea lions and seals. They were a little stinky but not unbearable. The morning we went the swimmers were out for their daily swim. There’s plenty of walking around the cove for.....  more
    We enjoyed seeing the sea lions and seals. They were a little stinky but not unbearable. The morning we went the swimmers were out for their daily swim. There’s plenty of walking around the cove for.....  more »
  • Stunning view plus watching all the amazing sea creatures the way they swim or sound are so beautiful, this area i could just sit and watch for hours it’s so amazing the sounds of waves hitting the... 
    Stunning view plus watching all the amazing sea creatures the way they swim or sound are so beautiful, this area i could just sit and watch for hours it’s so amazing the sounds of waves hitting the...  more »
  • La Jolla Cove cannot be missed during your trip to San Diego! The scenery is beautiful and what fun it is to see the sea lions and seals up close. We visited in October so it was a bit too cool for... 
    La Jolla Cove cannot be missed during your trip to San Diego! The scenery is beautiful and what fun it is to see the sea lions and seals up close. We visited in October so it was a bit too cool for...  more »
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  • La Jolla Cove is an amazing place to experience both seals and sea lions! They are absolutely beautiful to see in person and the beach around them is absolutely picturesque. The area surrounding the cove is awesome with bars, restaurants, museums, etc. so you can definitely make a day of coming down to the area. I don't shoot a lot of wildlife photos, but I definitely loved shooting the wildlife down at the cove. A word of warning though, the smell from the poop can be overbearing at times so if you have an uneasy stomach just beware. There's lots of areas to swim, dive, and kayak in La Jolla too so after going to the cove you can make time for some adventures!
  • Amazing time spend at this beauty beach! Watching the sea lions and seals, sea gulls was amazing experience in itself! Beautiful stores and many healthy restaurants nearby to choose from.... hustling and bustling with people everywhere... a must visit when in San Diego!
  • Great place to spend the weekend walking around town visiting the art galleries and restaurants! There is an impressive art museum also. Plenty to do and see along the coast including birds sea life and amazing sunsets.
  • The water has beautiful shades of dark blue. The cool breeze feels as if you opened the fridge as you watch the waves break the cove. We got to see a seal on the beach and it was not bothered by people nearby. Very peaceful.
  • Good location for seals/sea lions sighting, 20 minutes drive from old Town. Many local shops and restaurants and cafes in the town centre which is only 5 minutes walk from the beaches

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