La Jolla Cove is a beautiful, picturesque cove located in La Jolla just outside of San Diego, California. It’s one of the best snorkeling spots in Southern California and a great place to spend the afternoon with your family.
The waters around La Jolla Cove are part of the La Jolla Cove Underwater Park, which includes an Ecological Reserve. Because of this, there is a ton of wildlife here. You’re likely to see seals (in and out of the water), barracuda, giant sea bass, baitfish, lobsters and orange Garibaldi.
There are 3 main areas that are best for snorkeling: The immediate Cove Area (the rocky section just to the left), South of the Cove (near the kelp beds) and along the caves to the north.
Tip: The water here is cold most of the year. In the warmer months, some swimmers might be fine without a wetsuit, but if you want one, you can rent one nearby.
Visibility: La Jolla can be a bit of a hit or miss area. When the waves are high and there’s a lot of movement in the water, visibility here is terrible and you won’t get to see much. But on a nice calm day, this place is incredible.
Leopard Sharks: Every year thousands of Leopard Sharks travel to La Jolla Cove to mate and hatch their young. The sharks are beautiful – and harmless. The best time to see the Leopard Sharks is in August and September.
Ellen Scripps Park is just up above La Jolla Cove with a large grassy area and some bathrooms to wash off in.
You can rent a kayak or paddle board nearby and explore the area around the cove as well.
The La Jolla Children’s pool is right next door and is a fun place to visit. While intended for children, this area is a favorite stomping ground for seals.
The La Jolla Tide pools are just on the other side of the Children’s Pool and are also definitely worth a visit. This is a personal favorite spot of mine to visit during sunset. The rocks glow a bright green color as the sun goes down and it’s so much fun hunting for sea life with Peanut!
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