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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 25 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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saint ignace, michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I liked swimming with the sea otters and being in the Ocean in a very protected way. It was beautiful and warm. The surf was high and the waves almost knocked me over. Its still the Ocean!! You need to be careful. And you really dont have much room to swim. But its fun to see once!!

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New York City, New York
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on our way back to Riverside from San diego. We wanted to drive up the coast part of the way back and after reading tripadvisor, stumbled upon this gem. We parked in a parking lot, and it was super cheap for the time (compared to NYC parking rates). We walked down the cliffs by the cave and... More

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Loved the cove. It was absolutely breathtaking. Loved walking to the beach and on the rocks. So peaceful.

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Montana Rose
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197 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This place has gotten really crowded, and it's impossible to find parking. So, best to just plan the whole day in La Jolla and suck up the $20 parking garage fee. I still love seeing the seals and the birds and walking along the cliffs. I'm not sure why people want to swim here though, as the smell is awful!... More

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

What a breath taking place! My children were mesmerized by the landscape and the sea lions. Might be one of my favorite spots in the world!

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San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

the scenery is breathtaking and watching the seals sun and swim was wonderful. All free. Parking is a terrible but if you don't mind walking you can find plenty of parking in town.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The Cove is not only free, but is also one of the top tourist destinations in the area. First of all, you have great beauty with soaring cliffs surrounding the Pacific and waves breaking over the landscape. Great picture opportunities. Then you have the additional benefit of seeing seals/sea lions up close. This is a unique experience and one not... More

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Salem, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Tourist trap. Lots of people. There is a pretty view of the water. You are also able to see the sea lions. It is suggested to not swim in the beach as it is full of sea lion feces.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This beach had construction going on leading to it. The parking was limited. It happened to be a very rough day with lots of high waves. Wasn't very good for swimming.

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San diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Me and my boyfriend went snorkeling there for the first time just yesterday and had a blast! Snorkeling in the cove was fun, but it was a Saturday so it was extremely crowded! Saw lots of fish and even swam with a seal! Then we moved to shell beach. Most the fish are hiding out in the rocks, and closer... More

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