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La Jolla Cove, La Jolla

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Beach Nature / Park
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a place where you can see a lot of sea lions just laying in the sun on the rocks near the beach. The beach is pretty small. At least the one close to the sea lions. I guess there are more beac...  more »
  • You can the see the seals up close. There are tons of people snorkeling out where the Seals are hanging out. It is a really neat place.  more »
  • spend an afternoon in nature the beauty of the place is spectacular, especially since this all the work of Almighty G=d. Man hasn't messed this one .  more »
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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!
  • 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.
  • If you love the smell of fish and ocean air then you'll enjoy La Jolla. It has it's share of seals (or sea lions), seagulls, traveling tourists, and your occasional wedding/graduation/maternity picture shoots so expect it to be crowded. Caution! There are no guard rails or fences to prevent tourists from falling over the cliffs so be advised...and hold onto your children. Otherwise, even on a crowded day people are polite and respectful to all who are coming/going on the sometimes narrow pathway. Also, parking can sometimes get tight/crowded closer to the cove so it might be safe to park further up the hill and walk it down. All in all, La Jolla is a sight to see so check it out.
  • Had a nice romantic walk here. It smells, but it is to be expected. The views are beautiful. I couldn't believe how close you can get to seals and sea lions. It Is very safe. Lifeguard is always watching.
  • It has beautiful view and great tourist attractions. The seals are so much fun to be around. But the seals aren't the only ones inhabiting this area. So many other animals and creatures live here as well as beautiful plants. Over all it's a miraculous place!