Why La Jolla Cove is the Best Beach in San Diego
Let’s say you’ve come to La Jolla Cove, but you aren’t much of a swimmer, snorkeler, or scuba diver. What do you do?
Looking for some free public parking? Then the morning is the best time to come so that you can try to secure a 3-hour parking spot.
Get There Early
For starters, get to the beach early to get a spot on the sand. This isn’t the widest beach, so it fills up fast. If you don’t find room, you can always make your headquarters at the nearby Ellen Browning Scripps Park, which has plenty of grass for picnicking and frisbee throwing as well as those funky trees that inspired the drawings of a famous local resident, Dr. Seuss in his book The Lorax.
Explore the Tide Pools
During low tide, you can look for tide pools to explore, especially on the south end of the cove, near the tunnel that leads through the rock wall. If you decide to go through the tunnel, however, you do so at your own risk, especially if the tide is coming in.
Swimming & Snorkeling are the preferred activities at La Jolla Cove
With the many people swimming and snorkeling in the water, La Jolla Cove is not a surfing spot. You also cannot go fishing, use a boogie board, or paddle around in a kayak. If kayaking is your thing, you can go north a bit to tour the Seven Caves, one of the more popular activities in La Jolla.
Sea Lions & Seals are Another Draw
Another reason people like the cove area is to watch the sea lions and seals that can hang out on the rocks. Bear in mind that they are wild animals, and while they look playful and cuddly, they can bite if you get too close. It’s best to watch from a distance and not disturb them.
La Valencia Hotel is located just up the hill from La Jolla Cove and it has a panoramic view of not only La Jolla Cove but the entire coast next to La Jolla Cove. Step back in time to Hollywood’s Golden Age when you stay at La Valencia Hotel. Known as the Pink Lady of La Jolla, old-world elegance blends with modern amenities for a charming, sophisticated style.
La Jolla Cove is actually featured in the Best 14 Places to Watch the Sunset in San Diego .