La Jolla Cove- La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Cove- La Jolla, CA

Destination: La Jolla Cove - La Jolla, San Diego County, California

Address: 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037-3600
Directions: From the I-5, take exit 28 La Jolla Village Dr. Continue on La Jolla Village Dr. Take Torrey Pines Rd to Coast Blvd. Turn right on Prospect Place and park anywhere in this area. No matter where you park around here, you will have easy access to the beach as well as the shopping and restaurants the area has to offer.
Parking: There are a number of paid parking lots in the area. Metered parking is available on the nearby streets.

La Jolla Cove is the most beautiful spot in southern California for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more.

La Jolla is a treasure of a beach the whole family can enjoy. You can swim, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, check out the tide pools, or just lie and relax on the sand. La Jolla is in one of the most beautiful parts of San Diego County that offers easy access to the beach, tide pools, restaurants, and a huge grassy picnicking area.

 La Jolla Cove is best known for the herds of sea lions tanning on the rocks right off the shoreline. It's a regular thing to see them swimming around the cove trying to get to know the locals.

The cove itself is surrounded by sandstone cliffs offering nice shade earlier in the day. You can take advantage of that to swim your way right into the multiple caves hidden in these cliffs.

The best way to enjoy La Jolla Cove is with a mask, snorkel, and fin set. The cove offers an easy walk-in entry off the beach. If you stay within about 100 feet of the shoreline, you should be able to easily stand depending on the tide throughout the day. 

Swim through the kelp forests unique to California's shorelines. Parts of this cove can reach depths of 30 feet or more and it can be fun to dive down to get a closer look at some of the fish cruising around. Expect to see some rays, lobsters hiding in the rocks, bright gold Garibaldi and leopard sharks either hanging out on the bottom or swimming around depending on the time of year.

Photo by Katie Davis from UC Santa Barbara

Key Points & Tips: La Jolla Cove has permanent lifeguards on duty patrolling the shores. This is a protected site, providing a safe home for all sea life. Since the water is protected, surfboards, boogie boards, and other floatation devices are not permitted. 
Restrooms: Located just up the stairs from the beach are showers and restrooms.
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