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La Jolla Cove

1100 Coast Blvd San Diego, CA 92037, East of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Ranked #2 of 26 Attractions in La Jolla
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Snorkeling
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. There is also a world... more » Owner description: San Diego's most desirable spot for swimming, diving and snorkeling. The water is calm and the cove is ecologically protected. There is also a world famous dive site that is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Cool little beach area with Sea Lions and lots of interesting wildlife. Can be a bit smelly but still fun!

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Hartford, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Lo Jolla Cove was a good time for all of us. We saw some sort of clipper ship and a large military ship head out to sea. The sea lions and seals were plentiful and playful. People were down swimming within a few feet of them. Thankfully, everyone seemed respectful at the time. One area had a crazy strong smell... More

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Nutley, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This tiny spot is sooo crowded every day, any time of day it seems. Parking is tough and you'll have to try and find something in the street and walk. The seals/sea lions/birds on the rocks are a hoot but it's a shame people feed them human food. Great for snorkeling!

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Long Island, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This spot has it all. Bathing, kayaking, snorkeling, kayaking and seal watching. Great grassy lawn for hanging out and catching some sun shine. Wide variety of shops from touristy to chic. Restaurant choices are good. You can easily spend a day here without getting bored.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

They weren't kidding when they said you'd have a close encounter with the sea lions! We were able to park right on the street and walk to enjoy the view. There was some construction going on when we were there, but it didn't interfere with our view. There's even some shady places to hang out and enjoy the view.

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Ventura, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The cove is scenic, relaxing and there is nearby hiking and kayaking that cannot be missed. Amazing shops and restaurants nearby too.

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bath
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This isn't a place to go if you want to chill out on sandy beaches but if you like to get close to wildlife and see some memorable sights that will stay with you for a lifetime then highly recommended. We swam in the sea with Sea Lions which is cool, the comments about pollution are rubbish - this is... More

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San Jose, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Been coming to San Diego now for over 20 years. On our trips, we always find ourselves back at La Jolla Cove. Just a dandy place with wonderful park. Great scenic views and people watching is always fantastic. Parking is tough as others have said, so I recommend you come early. Nice to walk along the entire cove. In season,... More

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Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I loved seeing the sea lions and seals in there natural habitat. Yes it stinks, but worth it. The shoreline is stunning. The water is cold but if you snorkel, you can wear a wet suit.

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Houston
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Area is a little rocky, but the views are magnificent. Parking is difficult, but if you come early enough, you can get a spot. Well worth the drive from San Diego.

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