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La Jolla Cove Beach

1100 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, California 92037 USA

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Fri 6a-9p
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“the jewel of san diego”

Known as "The Jewel" of San Diego, La Jolla features luxury homes, fine dining and upscale shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive. But the real jewels in La Jolla are the beaches, which are freely available for visitors and locals alike. The La Jolla coastline varies dramatically - from 300 foot sea cliffs, to rocky reefs, to golden sand coves, exploring La Jolla’s beaches is an exhilarating and inspiring experience. Where to Go: La Jolla Shores is a mile long crescent of prime sand beach favored by active beachgoers of all interests.  Anchored by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography pier, this is a busy swimming area popular among families and surfers alike. Shielded by La Jolla Bay, it is also used as a launching ground for scuba diving and kayaking.  At night it's alive with the glow of beach fires and the nervous energy of young adults socializing.  Fortified by 300 foot sea cliffs is Torrey Pines City Beach, home to Black's Beach, is located at the northern most point of La Jolla. Difficult and hazardous to access for the public, this spot is favored by local surfers and body boarders.  And although nudity is prohibited by law in California,Black's Beach is frequented by those who prefer to enjoy the surf and sand in the buff.  La Jolla Cove is the north facing point on the seaward end of the cliffs that form a small deep water bay here. The cliffs are riddled with sea caves of special fascination to kayakers who paddle over from La Jolla Shores Beach. La Jolla Cove itself has a fine little beach, on busy summer days, visitor and locals will flock to the area for terrific swimming and snorkeling afforded by The Cove's sheltered waters and abundance of bright orange Garibaldi fish and other tame marine life (The Cove has long been protected from fishing of any kind). Scuba divers and ocean swimmers use The Cove as a safe point of entry and exit. No surfboards, boogie boards or rafts of any kind are allowed. There is an excellent grass park adjacent to The Cove with bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, a paved pedestrian walkway and several public gazebos. The Children’s Pool, located close to downtown La Jolla, is a small cove protected by a concrete breakwater wall originally built to create a safe swimming area for children. Now, however, the area is a protected area frequented by seals and sea lions who beach themselves on the sand with their young.

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September 16, 2014
Rated 5.0

So pretty! Stopped by Dr. Juice for a cookies and cream smoothie and enjoyed finding sea shells and watching the seals with my friends.

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January 02, 2018
Rated 5.0

A must visit! The views are beautiful and you can get up close with the seals. We spent just a few hours there and had a blast.

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October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

Went there early in the morning so luckily we found a space to park our car!!

Since we arrived at the beach, our jaws dropped. It is so beautiful that words are unable to describe it. The crystal clear water, the sound of the waves touching the shore, and the ocean breeze...make the perfect combination for a relaxing day.

Some of the sea lions were sat at the rocks and some were swimming...such a pleasure to be able to see them from such a distance..GREAT PLACE!

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September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

This place apparently offers some of the best views in La Jolla. There's also a little natural kiddie pool where sea lions hang out!

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September 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

Took a surfing lesson at Surf Diva and had a great time.

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August 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous beach, seals relaxing on the rocks and views for miles!

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August 01, 2017
Rated 4.0

It was SO neat here watching the seals! But as far as beaches... I wasn't impressed. It's a very rocky area and there were a couple of small, sandy areas but it just wasn't the best area for swimming in my opinion. Being so close to the seals was awesome though!

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July 17, 2017
Rated 5.0

A must visit if you're in the San Diego area! We went in late May and it was just incredible. The seals were all along the beach and the water was stunning. Don't expect to swim unless you're prepared to wear a wetsuit and freeze your tail off, the water is insanely cold. But the entire area is definitely worth checking out, this was one of my favorite spots in Cali!

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July 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

Went boogy boarding in March! So cold but such a beautiful beach and area! :)

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February 19, 2016

An amazing place to watch the surf, we watched boarders ride out the waves while folks men played acoustic guitars and steel drums on the sand.

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La Jolla Cove Beach

1100 Coast Boulevard
San Diego, California
92037 USA


Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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