La Jolla Cove -

La Jolla Cove

Known For

  • Great, safe place for kids
  • Just below Scripps Park, a great area for picnics and kite flying
  • Famous for sea lions that have made the Cove home
  • Is the start of the Coastal Walk to La Jolla Shores
  • Near La Jolla Village shops & restaurants

Overview & Amenities

La Jolla Cove, a secluded cove great for swimming and sunbathing, is right by the La Jolla Village, where you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries. At the famous Cove itself, you’ll see kids swimming in this safe environment, adults reading or making sand castles and everyone reveling in the hilarious sea lions that have made part of this beach their home.

Parking at La Jolla Cove can be difficult to find, especially on a weekend afternoon. The earlier you come, the better. And if you can’t find a spot along the street, there are a number of public parking garages you can pay for nearby and in the downtown La Jolla Village. Also, please make sure to show respect for beautiful sea lions that call this beach home. Remember that you can get great views and photographs of these creatures from a distance. If you see ropes posted up, it is to make sure that, on busy days, the sea lions still have space to lay out and sunbathe.

  • Bike Parking
  • Dogs Allowed - at certain times
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Kids
  • Private Lot, Valet, Street


La Jolla Cove is definitely the most well known beach in La Jolla – and arguably the area that our beautiful little coastal town is known for. Its beautiful, crystal-clear water and warm swimming temperatures year-round make it one of the most picturesque options for enjoying a day at the beach. There are a number of activities and things to do at La Jolla Cove, including snorkeling, diving, watching the sea lions, checking out sea caves, and kayaking. Visitors can spend the day down at the beach, or in the grassy shade of Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Location & Contact


Coast Blvd · San Diego, CA 92037, CA · 92037


Nancy P.

Absolutely beautiful, and the sea lions we’re very enjoyable, but a bit stinky. Do nice to walk along the beach, play the in the water, and enjoy the view.

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Erin D.

La Jolla Cove is an amazing and free attraction in the heart of La Jolla! My biggest recommendation is to arrive early in the morning (before 10 am). Even on the weekends, if you arrive early you will have a much better chance of finding a nearby parking spot. Further, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful ocean views and the cute seals and sea lions without the distraction of hundreds of tourists. La Jolla Cove seems to get busier and busier as the day goes on.

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Stefani G.

Definitely a must-do in San Diego! The beaches were beautiful, but the main attraction was all the seals laying out to sun bathe!

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