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La Jolla Cove

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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3600
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Reviewed today

Enjoyed watching the seals and sea lions at this picturesque cove. It was probably one of the best parts of our recentt vacation!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lynn F
Reviewed today

Absolutely incredible being able to be so close to seals and sea lions in their natural habitats. Although I read about the smell in reviews prior to going there - nothing prepares you for that smell when you first get there - wow!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kathyd_March2017
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An amazing experience and a very beautiful beach. My teenage kids loved to see the seals and enjoyed the scenery. It was kind of windy but I would love to come back once it warms up.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Angel C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This beach is clean and beautiful. I loved the fact I could get extremely close to the seals and take pictures. I also enjoyed taking pictures in the inside of the cove. The only con I have is the parking.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank traveliskey99
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We loved this! We went early on a Sunday and didn’t have to wait in any traffic. We took a ride share so I can’t say anything about parking. The trials were great and my daughter loved seeing the seals!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lindseyk241
Reviewed 2 days ago

The color of the water here is stunning. La Jolla is full of amazing restaurants and shops close to the cove. If you visit the Children's Pool at the cove, please don't harass the seals! There is a rope barrier but people disregard it all...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Mrs_loves_2_travel
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The cove offers a great view of the rugged coastline. You can watch seals playing in the water. Great place to walk in the morning when it’s quiet.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Celine315
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

La Jolla is so beautiful. Wonderful little shops which we walked around and shopped through so many of them. The town is bustling and just so fun to see and shop in. We stopped at George’s at the bar on top overlooking the gorgeous view,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lucyballs1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can take pictures to capture the caves, beautiful water and the beach is clean. The sea lions are a blast too - they come right up to the beach

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jwade2008
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place! My kids loved watching all the seals and so did me and my husband. Such a beautiful place to see!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank miliscu
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Wyopooh
February 22, 2019|
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Response from juliogrupo | Reviewed this property |
All is in minutes kayaking, snorkeling. It all depends of your skills. There are guided trips for both snorkeling and kayaking or you can be on your own. All safe and easy, as long you are a swimmer or know how to... More
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Wyopooh
February 22, 2019|
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Response from MatthewL83 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can snorkel the caves. We didn't but they told us you can but I believe you have to have guide in the caves. You can snorkel in La Jolla Cove without a guide and there is a beach front that goes into the snorkel... More
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Ann Y
January 11, 2019|
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Response from gladtobeoutofcoldOH | Reviewed this property |
Agree with what others have said but it would be a challenge to get out on the breakwall that surrounds the cove as its narrow and is rough and breaking down. Also the waves break over that walkway but it does have railings... More
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