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La Jolla Underwater Park

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Great for swimming and snorkeling

I lived in SD for more than 25 years and I would come down to the cove in the summer and swim and... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2018
Love the water here

I was lucky enough to go on a kayak and snorkel tour in this beautiful place. The bright orange... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2018
Julie C
Hayward, California, United States
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La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

I lived in SD for more than 25 years and I would come down to the cove in the summer and swim and snorkel. This is a great spot to easily get into and out of the water. There are other beach areas, but the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

I was lucky enough to go on a kayak and snorkel tour in this beautiful place. The bright orange fish, pretty rocks and just underwater world that is there is an Amazing thing to have been able to see. We snorkeled there, and into one...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Julie C
Reviewed November 12, 2017

The odor is not always pleasant, but certainly natural. Here one can see and ear seals, sea lions, sharks, sea birds and also do people watching. It's so much fun and also relaxing. I could go every day.

Date of experience: November 2017
3  Thank Donald S
Reviewed October 30, 2017

This is definitely one of the best spots to watch seals / sea lions. So do not miss this. The area is at the same time a beach where also humans are swimming.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank 609maximilianh
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Swim, Snorkel, or Scuba with the Sea Lions and Seals...along with lots of fish. Long set of steps down to the small beach area. Watch the tides - they can come in and wash your belongs away - you can leave stuff up in the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Went snorkeling with my kiddos at La Jolla's Underwater Park, to kickoff the returning season of the leopard sharks. From late July to mid September, our warm waters attracts these and other types of smaller sharks to "Incubate" their youngs inside their tummy to prepare...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Jessica C
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Not very impressive, expensive for the ctual visit. Limited visuals and seemed like there was not much to Oh and Ahh about. Just a cave with a big gift shop. Nothing to impress out of town visitors.REALLY HARD to find parking.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank guskonstantin
Reviewed January 12, 2017

There is so much to see underwater from the various La Jolla beach entries. The best way to get a good overview of these spots is to attend the 3Rs workshops presented each summer. In the 3R workshops experienced divers and former lifeguards take snorkelers...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank lovewarmwater
Reviewed January 4, 2017

The La Jolla Cove is a great place to visit even if you don't go into the water. It is nice to watch the sea lions even if they try to take over.

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank Brita W
Reviewed October 2, 2016

The surf at this location varies and its rocky shoreline should be approached with caution. This location boasts most of the typical local sea life attractions and is a good spot for snorkeling and shore diving. You will see many fellow adventurists doing so. The...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Jamie M
August 23, 2018|
Response from Julie C | Reviewed this property |
The whole Beach and water area near La Jolla shores is protected. So it's all a part of the underwater park. In the he city of La Jolla between the pier and La Jolla cove.
July 8, 2018|
Response from paulcE3081NI |
This area is a city park, just parking fee if you park in an area that has meters. There is a long walking path along the water and trails on the bluffs, so you can walk the area if you want. The water is the warmest ever... More