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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

So, I'll preface this w/ letting you know, I'm from the desert. We have dirt, and rocks. There are scorpions, and snakes.. We don't have water, or things that live in it, so when my wife had us stop in a Walgreens and pick up mask and snorkel sets ($6-$12) for each of us to enjoy in La Jolla Cove,... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Just close your noses and walk up and down the cove! Yes it smells most days but what can you do, its nature versus you! Make sure you take pictures and videos of the seals, walk to the pier and walk out there if its open but be aware of the waves that can get you wet!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A must do if you're in the area. On weekdays, go early to get a 3 hour parking space. If you don't luck into one, there are plenty of lots nearby. Within easy walking distance you'll find Children's Pool, Scripps Shell Beach, La Jolla Cove, and the Ellen Scripps park. Beautiful. Lots of people swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the sea... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

La Jolla is beautiful but avoid this beach. When we visited in mid July, construction on the beach was taking place and it appeared that it would be for many months ahead. I kept thinking: "Isn't it always warm in Cali? Why are they doing this now, why not in January?" The beach was so crowded that you couldn't find... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Walking you come across so many wonderful views, the water, the seals- people painting along the water. I especially loved the cleanliness of this area. I cannot wait to go back!! Definitely bring your camera if you are visiting, you'll be sad if you forget it!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Really fun to visit the seals. I understand there is local controversy as they have taken over the cove which was built as a swimming hole for children, but they are fun to watch!

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Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

You have to spend some time just looking at the wonderful vistas......Really a truly beautiful spot and well worth the effort of trying to find a parking spot!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I drove to La Jolla from San Diego for the day. It was stunning. I easily found my way down the big hill to the cove. The entire area around the cove is welcoming and beautiful. There were kid summer camps going on and all kinds of people, locals and tourists walking around. I found a great restaurant halfway up... More

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Recommended to us we eat at the Brockton Villa Restaurant which is famous for it's breakfasts but we had a great lunch.

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Liked the pretty beach but not convenient to restrooms and no snack bar or cafe close by. Good for picnics.

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