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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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  • This is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Seals and sea lions. You can buy a taco from the food trucks and enjoy the views.  more »
  • This was my wives first time in Southern CA and she has always read about the Cove. All 5 of us enjoyed the visit as we walked around. Multiple stops you can watch the seals from. It was the...  more »
  • I was truly amazed at how clear the water is!. It was a sunny day in November so we could stroll the pathway. There were a number of venders selling souvenirs, but the real treat was just to find a....  more »
  • A must see while in So. Cal.
  • Beautiful view! Definitely recommend on places to see if you are visiting from out of town. It’s fun to watch the sea lions and their pups play in the water and shore. Plenty of space to walk around and see the scenery. There’s so many beautiful flowers and a great ocean view. Great place to take pictures!
  • Probably the coolest thing I've ever seen!
  • So this place is breathtaking! I’m in awe that how beautiful the ocean waters are as well as all the wildlife present. After a long walk on the beach, there are plethora of restaurants to choose from just a few walking blocks away. I highly recommend for parents with little ones.
  • This was a great experience! Be cautious that this place does smell because of the wild life but it is so worth it. The walk was lovely. Definitely something to put on your list when visiting.

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