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La Jolla Cove, La Jolla

4.7
#1 of 1,911 in Outdoors in California
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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4.8
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  • Neat walk. Got to see a lot of sea lions and seals , some with pups. The walk is nice though there were a lot of people. Got to see several gray whales blowing in the distance. Nice trip.  more »
  • Had an awesome time at the cove. It’s mating season for the seal and there were plenty of babies around. So cute. The whole area is fabulous. I can’t wait to go back and stay a few days.  more »
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  • This was a great experience! Be cautious that this place does smell because of the wild life but it is so worth it. The walk was lovely. Definitely something to put on your list when visiting.
  • I enjoy seeing the ocean and this is a nice spot to visit but on this particular occasion I must say all the wild life made the air quality poor as the smell was horrendous. I honestly feel bad for a few of the restaurant establishments that offer a nice dining experience with the best views of the ocean along this side of La Jolla because the smell was overwhelming and made me not want to stay here and eat along this side of street so close to this cove. The animals are fun to see and watch though.

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