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Address: 850 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and...

It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and it's a main tourist and local attraction. Great picture spot.

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Calm water

The water was freezing cold in October despite the air temp being in the 90's. There is a wall wrapping around the area thus making for very calm water. Along the walkway however... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Carlos R
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Lake Forest, California
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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The water was freezing cold in October despite the air temp being in the 90's. There is a wall wrapping around the area thus making for very calm water. Along the walkway however the waves will break over the top of it on some days.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family and I visited this area for the first time during the Thanksgiving break. My kids were so excited to see the seals and then the sea lions. This is somewhat similar to Pier 39 in San Francisco however, the sea lion proximity in this location is superior. I would recommend this for anyone.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This place was awesome! We saw so many seals and when you are from Pittsburgh that is a big deal. I only wish I would have seen the sign about distance from the seals before I went in the wrong area. They are definitely well posted but there were so many people not paying attention to the signs that I... More 

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Keele, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see the seals and sea lions, very close up. can walk down to the beach but please respect the line and the animals.

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Nassau, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see seals and sea lions up close. When you walk out onto the seawall, you are directly over the rocks where the animals are sunning. There is a small beach, but personally I would not recommend it, nor would I suggest swimming. A bit further north along the shore (10 minute walk on a sidewalk) there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great visit. Lots of seals laying on the beach and some going in and out of the water. Parking is the biggest challenge, but I you're patient a spot will open up.

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Zeeland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The name is misleading! But this is an awesome place to view the seals that come up on the beach to sun themselves and relax. The smell is overpowering, but for those who have never seen such creatures it's so worth it! I wouldn't plan on swimming here!!!

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Georgetown, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view is great, would not recommend swimming. The smell is unbearable. This beach area used to have tons of sea lions but when we went there were only a few on the rocks, none on the beach where they used to be. This area is apparently now for Children to swim, however, there are signs that say swim at... More 

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Lascassas, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice area. Walk out to view the harbor seals on the walkway or stay on the viewing area at the building. Loved watching the seals. I think the seals like to watch the people too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They had half of it blocked off for the seals. There were so many seals we took pictures, watched them swim and even a guy was swimming with them pretty cool.

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