About La Jolla Cove
Snuggled between the sandstone cliffs near downtown La Jolla is the La Jolla Cove. The cove is a beautiful sight showing deep blue water, white sands, and protectively lined by cliffs. Its beauty has made it one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. Since the beach faces north, it is protected from ocean swells making it the perfect beach for young children to play safely. For such a cozy, quaint beach, the cove is packed with a lot of action. Visitors love to take part in swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and more. This area is a marine refuge called the La Jolla Underwater Park. This protects the ocean’s marine wildlife and opens up a spectacular view for those who are snorkeling and scuba diving. Sea Lions, seals, and countless bright colored fish could be found swimming right alongside. Atop the cliffs above the beach, there is an expanse of green grass and picnic tables for visitors to be able to take in the entire view while having a snack or lunch.
Street parking is available to those who want to explore the cove. However, it can be busy during most of the year so you will want to head to the beach early to be able to find a parking spot.
Lifeguards are on duty year round from 9 am to dusk.
Public restrooms on top of the cliffs
Showers to rinse off sand and dirt from a day of fun
Picnic tables and grass for lunch
No dogs are allowed on the beach until after 6pm (4pm in winter)
No fishing allowed in this area.
No glass containers of any kind permitted on the beach.
No overnight camping
Not an area for surfboards, boogie boards, or flotation devices.
Using public transportation is also a great alternative to the parking hassle that can sometimes arise.