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La Jolla Cove, San Diego

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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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  • Our Uber driver in San Diego learned this was our 1st trip to the area and suggested that we tour La Jolla Cove & walk the trail along the coast. The drive was about 20 minutes from the Sheraton in... 
    Our Uber driver in San Diego learned this was our 1st trip to the area and suggested that we tour La Jolla Cove & walk the trail along the coast. The drive was about 20 minutes from the Sheraton in...  more »
  • I knew before even getting on the plane that I wanted to make a stop at La Jolla Cove to see the sea critters in their natural habitat. I was absolutely not disappointed and spent a good bit of time.....  more
    I knew before even getting on the plane that I wanted to make a stop at La Jolla Cove to see the sea critters in their natural habitat. I was absolutely not disappointed and spent a good bit of time.....  more »
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  • 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.

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