Visit The La Jolla Cove


Beautiful La Jolla has so much to offer both residents and visitors. One of the big draws to La Jolla is The La Jolla Cove, located at 1100 Coast Boulevard. It is a part of the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. Located just past the upscale shopping and delicious restaurants in downtown La Jolla, The Cove offers views of the ocean, gentle waves and sandy beaches.

The La Jolla Cove is commonly referred to as the perfect snorkeling spot in all of San Diego. It is known for its calmer, clear waters which is ideal for both beginners and children. There is abundant marine life to explore not far away from the seashore.

The Cove’s clean, sandy beaches offer sun bathers an ideal spot to work on their tans or enjoy a picnic in the sun. The Cove gets very busy so come early and reserve your spot on the sand.


The La Jolla’s Children’s Pool is also a huge draw to The Cove. It is a small cove protected by a concrete breakwater that visitors can walk across and get a closer look at the water and The Children’s Pool’s favorite guests- seals and sea lions. The seals and sea lions inhabit the small cove year around and you can watch them sunbathe and play at close range. At low tide, you can see tide pools to the west of the sea wall.

La Jolla’s famous and historic Sunny Jim Cave is located at 1325 Coast Boulevard. It is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm and can be accessed through the Cave Store. Here visitors from all over the world can climb down into the caves and explore them from the inside. The Cave Store sells and rents snorkel equipment as well as other gifts and novelty items.

If you’re staying at a La Jolla hotel and are looking for more outdoor activities and places to visit, head over to our La Jolla’s Visitors Guide.

Fun Summer Events in La Jolla

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Free Summer Concerts by the Sea

Are you a rock ‘n roll fan? A country music lover? Or are the blues or big bands more your swinging thing? Whatever your musical preference, pull up a chair or put on your dancing shoes and join the happy crowd at Ellen Browning Scripps Park overlooking the La Jolla Cove on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. Starting Sunday, July 7, and running through Labor Day weekend, La Jolla Concerts by the Sea presents a free musical concert every Sunday afternoon for people of all ages. The event also includes concessions stands, food trucks and raffles for prizes. Master of Ceremonies is popular La Jolla disc jockey Ron Jones, also known as “The Voice of La Jolla.”

The musical lineup for this summer’s Concerts by the Sea includes:

July 7 – Rockola (classic rock and roll)

July 14 – Big Time Operator (swing)

July 21 – Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (country)

July 28 – Bill Magee Blues Band (blues)

August 4 – Benny Hollman Big Band (big band, swing)

August 11 – Theo & the Zydeco Patrol (Cajun blues)

August 18 – The Heroes (rock and roll)

August 25 – BetaMaxx (1980s hits)

September 1 – Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra (boogie woogie, swing)

For more information about the La Jolla Concerts by the Sea, call (858) 454-1600 or visit their website or their Facebook Page.

Athenaeum Summer Festival

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library kicks off its 15th annual Summer Festival on Sunday, July 7. The concerts are held at 4 p.m. on July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Scripps Research Institute Auditorium, 10640 John J. Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. This summer’s concerts feature pianist Gustavo Romero performing works by Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Following the concerts, optional dinners are held at private residences.

For those wanting to learn more about the performances, the Athenaeum will also present lectures at 7:30 p.m. on July 2, 9, 17 and 23 at the Athenaeum on Wall Street. For more information and to order tickets, call (858) 454-5872 or visit the Athenaeum online.