Everything You Need to Know about La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

It’s officially spring and while other parts of the nation are experiencing gusty winds and cooler temperatures, here in La Jolla we’re enjoying the sunshine! And what better way to take advantage of the beautiful whether than by heading to the picturesque La Jolla Cove. Whether you are a local San Diegan or are visiting La Jolla, CA to escape the less than friendly temperatures of your home state, the following is everything you need to know about the La Jolla Cove.

Who will enjoy the cove? The answer to this question is simple: everyone! Students, surfers, couples, families, vacationers – you name it, the cove is a great place for individuals of all ages to relax and take in the view.

What can you do at the cove? Anything your heart desires. If you’re looking for adventure, the cove is the ideal spot for water sports such as kayaking, surfing, snorkeling and body boarding. The tide is also rather gentle, catering to those trying out a new water sport or looking to take lessons. Sunbathing is also an obvious option and many visitors love walking up and down the cove to take advantage of the many photo ops and of course, stopping by the Children’s Pool to catch a glimpse of the popular La Jolla seals. The pathways above the beach lead to picnic areas and there’s a park with slides, swings and climbing walls, where families with children always love to spend the afternoon.

When should you go? Parking can sometimes be hectic near the La Jolla Cove so it is recommended to go as early as possible. Pay mind to the various parking signs in the area as many of the streets are metered, while others have 2 hour time limits. There are often more options for parking just up the road. If you park a short distance away and walk back along the water, you’re concentration will likely be focused too much on the views to complain about the short detour. For those couples interested in adding a bit of romance to their trip, visit the cove during sunset. Set out a blanket, bring a few snacks and enjoy the pink and orange hues of the sky, and the calming blue ocean.

Where else can you explore? Just above the La Jolla Cove is the popular Prospect Street that is overflowing with options for shopping and dining. In addition to popular brand name stores, the area is home to vintage and consignment shops, perfect for those looking to take home a unique souvenir to commemorate their trip. There are also a handful of casual and fine dining restaurants serving everything from authentic Italian to California modern cuisine. Here at La Jolla Blue Book, we recommend seafood! With a location right on the water, you know these La Jolla restaurants are serving up fresh local catches that are sure to satisfy your lunch or dinner cravings.

Why stop at the cove? We think it’s pretty clear why you should spend a day at the cove. However, if we did miss something, share what you know about the cove by commenting below. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends via social media and brag about our unbeatable beach weather or your upcoming La Jolla vacation! For more information about visiting La Jolla, check out our Visitor’s Guide where you will be able to learn about everything from things to do to great places to stay in La Jolla.

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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