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Trip Planner: USA / California / San Diego / La Jolla / La Jolla Cove
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.
Tours to La Jolla Cove
$45 BOOK WITH VIATOR La Jolla Coast Walking Tour La Jolla Coast Walking Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$345 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private La Jolla Tour by Sidecar Private La Jolla Tour by Sidecar
Duration: 160 to 180 minutes
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$189 BOOK WITH VIATOR The Plunge E-Bike Tour in La Jolla The Plunge E-Bike Tour in La Jolla
Duration: 2 hours
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$17 BOOK WITH VIATOR Ultimate La Jolla Self-Guided Combo Tour Ultimate La Jolla Self-Guided Combo Tour
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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$15 BOOK WITH VIATOR La Jolla Self-Guided Driving Tour La Jolla Self-Guided Driving Tour
Duration: 1 hour
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La Jolla Cove reviews
The sea lions are a must-see. Right below the seaside path are dozens of mamas and papas and cubs basking in the sun and playing in the shallows. The only drawback: Wish there were craftspeople on...
The sea lions are a must-see. Right below the seaside path are dozens of mamas and papas and cubs basking in the sun and playing in the shallows. The only drawback: Wish there were craftspeople on... more »
This beach and the villa was a great time to explore the day. The beach was a bit dirty but I saw a wild seal and it was a nice day to hang out.
This beach and the villa was a great time to explore the day. The beach was a bit dirty but I saw a wild seal and it was a nice day to hang out. more »
very cool beach to visit and see sea lions and harbor seals. Tons of birds are there too. Be warned that photos won't tell the whole story. A few portions of beach full of sea lions are actually...
very cool beach to visit and see sea lions and harbor seals. Tons of birds are there too. Be warned that photos won't tell the whole story. A few portions of beach full of sea lions are actually... more »
Beautiful place to walk along the coast or along on the coastal trail. Peaceful, beautiful place to relax, go for a swim, see the sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, listen to the ocean and see artists setup booths.
La Jolla Cove is an absolutely gorgeous area. The snorkeling is fantastic, can get a bit crowded near the the shore but plenty of room for all once you’re in the water. The views from above the shoreline are absolutely incredible. Great opportunity to get up close with sea lions and seals in their natural habitat. The views are absolutely stunning. If you’re in the area I highly recommend you cost. The city itself is really cool too, small town feel with a bunch of shops and restaurants.
There are too many tourists, but it is worth visiting. This is the gathering place for pelicans, seabirds, sea lions and seals. Observe these lovely animals at close range. I thank nature for giving us these gentle animals. Being with them, I feel It's peaceful and beautiful.
Gorgeous views! Well worth the drive. We saw plenty of sea lions and their pups. The sunset was absolutely stunning. Parking is free... you just have to be patient.
Beautiful place. We've come from a place with plenty of good beaches and we were still amazed here. Nice to see the sea lions, seals and sea gulls just hanging around. Best to experience the sunset at this place
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