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La Jolla Cove, La Jolla

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 7,000+ 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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  • The tide was on the high side when we got to the Cove, but that didn't dampen our kids' amusement one iota. We could have stood and watched the sea lions for hours. The only thing that stopped us was ...  read more »
  • You cannot visit San Diego and not drop by. La Jolla Cove is a beautiful Cove and of easy access. I had no hassles. Getting there was easy and there is parking everywhere and free for upto 90 min. I l...  read more »
  • Just go at sunset! You will not be disappointed! Being a sweater or light jacket for the cool winds! Listen and look for the sea lions! 
  • This is a must see area in La Jolla, CA. Love coming here when I visit the San Diego area. It's great to see the seals interacting with the swimmers. It's like they're putting on a show for us. Arrive early in the day if you can as the traffic can get backed up and parking will be more difficult. Be patient and enjoy the sun, surf, and seals.
  • I'll give it a 5 because it was really beautiful don't have anything bad to say we as a family loved it... crystal cove in my opinion is a notch above this one... but still beautiful and the best part THERE'S SEALS WTF that's crazy u can take pics of them laying on rocks and a couple even swam as close as 5ft away from people it was awesome great beach
  • There's a nice view and pretty area to walk over here. It's pretty scenic and you can watch the seals play and swim. There's a nice grass area to sit or walk around too. Nearby there are some good coffee shops and stores as well as some restaurants. There's some small beach areas, but if you want to go swim or boogie boarding, you should probably go to La Jolla shores. By the way, make sure you know how to pronounce "La Jolla"
  • We took our kids to see the seals/sea lions. Not really sure which they are. There were hundreds! Our children (5 & 3) loved it! We saw a couple babies. We almost stepped on an adult seal because we mistaked him/her for a rock. The beach was very crowded, but I didn't expect any less for a Saturday in the summer. We will definitely be going back.
  • La Jolla Cove is one of my favorite places! It is something special and beautiful views all around. Where else can you get so close to so many sea lions basking on the beach? They are so precious and adorable to watch. There aren't any signs that prohibit you from swimming here, but you can swim at your own risk as there are signs warning of high bacteria levels. Remember, it is not a petting zoo. Just because they're lying there and not moving, doesn't mean you can touch them. They will bite! Don't be that ignorant tourist. Very limited street parking. Good luck finding one. It might take a while, but it's all worth it in the end!
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