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La Jolla Cove

Beach in San Diego, California

Travel Tips

Snorkeling and Water Activities

Great spot for snorkeling and observing sea lions. 1

Consider snorkeling, scuba diving, or kayaking to explore the cove from in or on the water. 2

Rent snorkeling gear to explore the underwater world. Best visited in the morning for calm waters. 3

Go kayaking and snorkeling in La Jolla Cove to explore marine life. 4

Wildlife Observation and Photography

Bring a camera for photos, and do not disturb the sea lions. Spend around 4 hours for a full experience. 5

Great spot for photography and wildlife viewing. 6

Keep your distance from the wild sea lions and seals. 7

Sunset Viewing and Relaxation

Stay till sunset for breathtaking views; don't forget your camera. 8

Spend the evening here for the best experience of sunset and sea lions. 9

Visit at sunset for the best experience. 10

General Tips and Recommendations

Respect wildlife and maintain distance to avoid fines. 11

Arrive early for easier parking and a peaceful experience. Don't forget to walk the shore side boardwalk. 12

Ideal for early morning visits to see sea lions. 13



  • 🤿 Snorkeling opportunities with vibrant marine life like Garibaldi fish
  • 🐟 Scuba diving tours to explore sea kelp, sandy flats, and canyon walls
  • 🏊‍♂️ Open water swimming with buoys for distance markers
  • 🚣‍♂️ Kayaking tours to explore sea caves and marine life
  • 🏄‍♂️ Stand Up Paddle Boarding for a tranquil water experience
  • 🚴‍♂️ Bicycling tours to explore the coastline and nearby attractions



  • 🚿 Outdoor showers and large public restrooms available at the top of the Cove
  • 🅿️ Limited free public parking with additional paid parking garages in the area
  • 🏖️ Maintained stairs and walkways for easy access to the beach
  • 👮 Lifeguards stationed at the Cove for safety and assistance



  • 🦭 Hundreds of sea lions call La Jolla Cove home
  • 🐠 Marine life protection in the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve
  • 🐟 Orange Garibaldi fish are common in the Cove
  • 🚫 No fishing or collecting of marine invertebrates allowed



  • 🍹 Craft at the Cove event with guest mixologists at George's
  • 🛍️ La Jolla Open Aire Market supporting local schools
  • 🏃‍♂️ La Jolla Half Marathon starting at Del Mar Fairgrounds



  • 🍽️ Brockton Villa for award-winning Coast Toast
  • 🌅 George's At The Cove for ocean views and California modern cuisine
  • 🌮 Jose's for Mexican favorites with ocean views
  • 🥞 Cody's La Jolla for aesthetically pleasing breakfast and brunch dishes



  • 🏨 La Jolla Cove Suites for family-friendly amenities and kitchen-equipped suites
  • 🏩 La Valencia, the pink lady luxury resort for premier events
  • 🏨 La Jolla Cove Suites for family-friendly amenities and kitchen-equipped suites



  • 🅿️ Street parking available with 2-hour limits, check signs carefully
  • 🚗 Paid parking garages beneath Crab Catcher restaurant and Herschel/Prospect Street
  • 🚶‍♂️ Arrive early on weekends for street parking availability
  • 🚗 Several restaurants and shops offer free parking for patrons


Seasonal Events

  • 🍴 Taste at the Cove event featuring food from top San Diego restaurants
  • 🎃 Pillage the Village for Halloween treats in downtown La Jolla
  • 🎨 La Jolla Arts and Wine Festival with over 150 artists and family activities


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