La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between adjacent sandstone cliffs near the commercial area of La Jolla. It is a popular beach to photograph, and it is a popular location for scuba divers and snorkelers. Its location within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve makes it a prime spot to observe marine life.

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Expert Review of La Jolla Cove Beach

Parks and Outdoors Review of La Jolla Cove Beach

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • One of the most photographed beaches in Southern California, La Jolla Cove is a mile-long crescent of sand couched between sandstone bluffs. The north-facing cove has extremely coarse sand, making it ideal for picnicking; you won't get a million tiny grains in your fried chicken. On summer days, the beach is usually packed with swimmers and sunbathers.
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular at the cove because the water visibility often exceeds 30 feet. The water in the cove is very calm, making it safe for children. Snorkeling gear rentals are available nearby. There is no surfing at La Jolla Cove.
  • La Jolla Cove doesn't have its own parking lot. Street parking can be difficult near the beach, but you can park in the metered spots in downtown La Jolla and take an easy stroll to the cove.

1100 Coast Boulevard
La Jolla, California
Parking: Lifeguard staffing from 9 a.m. to dusk in summer

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (858) 454 5718
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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