La Jolla Beach Spotlight: La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

UPDATE 2/18/15: Named 6th best beach in US by TripAdvisor!

Our next beach spotlight is probably one of the most visited beaches in San Diego, La Jolla Cove. From swimming to snorkeling to fun annual events, The Cove has something for everyone to enjoy.


Photographs – With deep blue waters, white sands, and sandstone cliff lining, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in La Jolla. I can never resist pulling out my phone and snapping a few shots while I’m here. Often times, it’s used as the backdrop for engagement and wedding photos.

Water Play – Gentle waters circulate throughout this area since the beach faces North. This makes it the perfect beach for swimming, especially for young children. The Cove is also a desired spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. Garibaldi fish and other marine animals are abundant in this region allowing visitors to swim along side them and take in their beauty. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera to take some underwater pictures of the fish!

La Jolla Cove

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Beach Relaxation – If swimming isn’t really your thing there is also space to lay out a towel and grab some sun on the sand. It’s also a great gathering spot for families to build sand castles and enjoy their beach day. The perk of The Cove being such a small beach is that parents are able to watch their children in the water or roaming the sand and not have to worry about them drifting too far off.

Cave Exploring – There are a couple of cave areas that visitors like to explore along the beach. These, too, are ideal spots for pictures. Kayakers love to venture into these caves and will travel the small distance from La Jolla Shores to The Cove. You can also access these caves by land through the Sunny Jim Cave.

Sea Lions –  Aside from the Children’s Pool, the large rock formations found near the shore is another spot where you will find Sea Lions lounging around.


La Jolla Cove

Located just above the cove are public restrooms and showers to use during your day at the beach. If you would like a bit more room to spread out and relax or eat lunch, there is a large grass expanse to be able to do just that. Lifeguards are on duty year-round from 9 am to dusk. While there is free public parking, it is extremely limited so it is best to head to the beach early to secure a spot. There are also paid lots within walking distance of The Cove.

Annual Events

La Jolla Cove

The Cove stands out from the other La Jolla beaches because of the popular events that are held each year that draw large crowds. The La Jolla Rough Water Swim is an annual event that has been taking place at The Cove since 1959. Unfortunately, the swim was called off this year due to construction in the area but will be back in 2015! Another event that takes place annually is the Fourth of July Fireworks. While the Firework display always meets some sort of controversy each year, the show never fails to go on. Another local favorite event is the La Jolla Concerts by the Sea which are free concerts that are held every summer.

La Jolla Cove is located at 1100 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037.

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Shelby Haffey
Shelby Haffey is the newest member at the Blue Book and recent graduate from Cal State University, Northridge with a degree in English-- Creative Writing. In her spare time she enjoys writing, hiking, traveling, and most importantly exploring San Diego. Follow her articles to catch up on all things La Jolla.
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