La Jolla Cove

7.6 Fun for the Whole Family

The seals attract large numbers of tourists and smell. All the same, it's surprisingly cool, if a bit touristy.

  • Je ne sais quoi (How cool is it?) 7.8
  • Scenery 8
  • Water 7
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Where is La Jolla Cove? The seals live on the beach in La Jolla!

Today I drove by the La Jolla Cove for a little bit. I wanted to see the seals and I was curious about the size of the crowds. La Jolla, as you know, is a pretty upscale beach community in Southern California. It’s really a part of San Diego. The estimated population of this seaside beach spot was 46,781 in 2010. La Jolla is just north of PB, or Pacific Beach. It definitely has some of the best beaches in the United States. You can get from Pacific Beach to La Jolla Cove by beach cruiser relatively easily if you have a modest level of fitness. It’s a great ride, if you have the time to enjoy the scenery. A little further up the coast is Black’s Beach, a surf spot. The La Jolla Cove is slightly reminiscent of Starfish Beach in Panama, but here there is protection for the wildlife.

Where is La Jolla Cove?  32°85′N 117°27′W

Crowds at the La Jolla Cove

If the crowds at La Jolla Cove, don’t get you…

It was a beautiful day, so my idea was not terribly original. It’s one of the most photographed places in Southern California according to the government authorities. The La Jolla Cove is an incredibly beautiful beach spot but it is very small. It is only about a football field in length. If you need a little more room to stretch out, head to the nearby La Jolla Shores beach. As part of the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, the cove and it’s marine life is protected. This is a great place to get in the water, because of the richness and variety of marine life. Ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving with an impressive water visibility exceeding 30 feet occasionally at the Cove. Occasionally, the water gets rough. Since this is one of nine beach spots in San Diego with a permanent lifeguard station, you should be fine if you are careful.

The smells of the marine life might!

Seals at the Cove in La Jolla California
Free parking is difficult in the area. So if you are willing add a couple more bucks to your whatever else you spend, you will be much happier and get all the photos you want of the seals or birds. This should be common sense, but keep a safe distance from the animals. They are massive and while they may look like soft toys, they can and will bite if annoyed.

Too close to the seals at La Jolla Cove

San Diego is not a sanctuary city for immigrants, but La Jolla has evolved into a church that rules out pinniped deportation.

Not everybody is thrilled by presence of the seals, but they do have some powerful supporters.

There is no beach access allowed during harbor seal pupping season (December 15 to May 15) in order to protect the moms and pups when they are most vulnerable. You can watch the pregnant seals and their newborn pups from the mid-landing behind the chain, from the sidewalk above Casa Beach, or from the sea wall, if open. Be sure to come to La Jolla and enjoy the holidays at Casa Beach. Right now you can see a lot of pregnant moms, and we expect 40 to 50 new pups to be born in 2017. The majority of the newborn pups will arrive between February 8 and March 8. If you’re lucky, you might witness a live birth!”

Seal Conservancy

 

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This project, Beach Spot, has been a lingering thought for nearly 20 years. It started on a crazy offshore Venezuelan island, Isla Margarita, during the first dot com craze. The idea evolved while life continually got in the way. A decade was spent on a Mediterranean island as well as a number of years chasing the sun in the USVI.

Back living stateside in San Diego, this project will hopefully be an enjoyable look at a number of beach towns.

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