La Jolla Cove

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La Jolla Cove
4.5
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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.
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4.5
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Patricia - SavvyExploring
Snohomish, WA738 contributions
Fun cove full of sea lion activity! They were surfing, jumping, and coming right up on the rocks by the shore.

We booked a snorkeling tour, which didn't go so well due to conditions. You can just rent the gear and go but I would recommend you get a guide unless you are an experienced ocean swimmer and even then it is good to know the currents where you are going, especially in the cave areas. When you swim out you have a fairly narrow channel with dangerous rocky areas on both sides. The waves were very strong when we were out there. A couple of us tried but got beat up by the waves (first time swimming in high surf) too much and didn't make it. Our guide took two people out and one started swimming the wrong way, straight into the rocks, and had to be rescued. The lifeguards called it and that was the end of the adventure, probably for the best.
Written May 10, 2022
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jerRsaus
Rockville, MD26 contributions
Family
La Jolla is a really family-friendly town with excellent opportunities to see sea lions, seals, pelicans, and cormorants. The parking can be difficult to find, but is typically free. The coastal sidewalk is typically crowded, but it offers great views of the sea and wildlife. We snorkeled in the cove and had the exciting experience of seeing sea lions and cormorants swimming with us. I would highly recommend renting a wet suit and equipment (about $30 for 2 hrs) and enjoying the wildlife interaction.
Written July 2, 2021
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Joanna B
3 contributions
Couples
I suppose I may be biased but I love La Jola cove and the entire coast line. My husband and I got married on the cliffs just up the road from the cove (Cuvier Wedding Bowl).
Since it is a state park our ceremony site was less than $200 for the permit. We were allowed 50 guests and had chairs rented/delivered. It was a beautiful ceremony and the photos were to die for. Parking was a nightmare but we had a giant party bus take people from the reception site to the cliff and then back and it was well worth it.
Written October 22, 2020
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Kristy D
Illinois104 contributions
Family
If you are able at some point, go see seals and sea lions somewhere else in a more secluded setting, ie Big Sur or near San Simeon. This whole area is just too congested with people and traffic. Trying to find parking here was terrible, we ended up dropping $35 to park in a garage for an hour. The cove ( and childrens cove) is small, lots of people, not peaceful at all.
Written August 11, 2022
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2808 Heavy
26 contributions
My wife and I visited the Cove and it's....okay. If one has some free time then a visit may be worth it. However, with everything that San Diego/La Jolla has to offer, I wouldn't prioritize this location.

Parking is very limited, not a lot of space to spread out. It was very crowded on the Friday afternoon when my wife and I were there (10/15/21).

It's not the cleanest of places but it's not terrible either. As you get a little closer to the sealions you'll need to be aware that there is a very strong smell that could be offensive to those with a sensitive nose.

While I wouldn't go out of my way to stop by the Cove as there's just so much other things to do...that's better in my opinion, I would say that if one truly does has free time then it may be worth a visit.

If you do decide to visit, go early as parking is extremely hard to find in the afternoon.
Written October 21, 2021
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Pamela N
52 contributions
Solo
This was my first stop in La Jolla. There are 145 steps down through the rock to the natural cave below. The cave view isn’t worth the climb back up, although kids may enjoy it more. The cave is small and you can only stand on a small platform above the cave floor. The number of visitors allowed in the cave at one time is limited due to COVID.
Written February 18, 2021
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Wrldadvent
Toronto, Canada352 contributions
Stunning! We slipped out of a meeting in San Diego for the afternoon and explored La Jolla. Simply stunning scenery with beautiful walking trails along the cliffs.

I would recommend taking a Uber as the parking is limited at the beach or park in the main part of town and walk down to the Cove.
Written March 4, 2020
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Jadranka P
London, UK518 contributions
Family
We just loved the place. If you are animal lover it is a must. We spent hours watching the seals and sea lions and their frolicking around. You can get to them quite close.

Plenty of walking to explore the shore line, with places to rest and a few vendors offering beverages. Early mornings and late afternoons are the best - and if you are lucky you can witness
fantastic sunsets.
Written February 1, 2022
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luv2travelkms
Mooresville, NC235 contributions
We visited La Jolla Cove, Beach and Tide pools. We were there in March so it was pup season. We saw mother and baby seals right on the beach. Further down in the cove area we saw Sea Lions. We parked in a parking garage off the main strip and it was only $20 for about 4 hours. Great area to walk around check out the vendors and ocean.
Written March 21, 2022
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fotokaren
Seattle, WA97 contributions
Couples
Parking is at a premium and we found a legal spot and still got a 52$ ticket for not turning our wheels to the curb on a slight hill! However, the waterfront stroll and seawall are great. Baby seals with their moms are adorable. Sea lions are quite vocal. Must see when in La Jolla.
Written February 7, 2020
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