Famous for its tide pools and sea lions, La Jolla Cove features a tiny beach surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Part of a protected reserve known for its rich marine life, this stretch of coastline counts among one of the most photographed sites in San Diego. You can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive here, taking advantage of the calm waters that provide an ecologically safe home for orange Garibaldi fish and several species of marine invertebrates. In order to protect all animals inside this area, lifeguards strictly enforce the rules forbidding surfboards, kayaks, boogie boards, and inflatable mattresses within the cove. Plan your La Jolla Cove visit and explore what else you can see and do in San Diego using our San Diego trip planner.
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My daughter and I took the city bus up from downtown San Diego - we took an Uber back just for time's sake, the bus was nice. It is just such an AMAZING view. Living in Minnesota you just don't see... more »
If you go to San Diego, do not miss a visit to La Jolla Cove. Absolutely stunning view. The harbor seals and seal lions stunk terribly but were definitely worth it. We had very little time, so we..... more »
A must see while in So. Cal.
Beautiful view! Definitely recommend on places to see if you are visiting from out of town. It’s fun to watch the sea lions and their pups play in the water and shore. Plenty of space to walk around and see the scenery. There’s so many beautiful flowers and a great ocean view. Great place to take pictures!
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