Children's Pool (Casa Beach)
Children's Beach, affectionately known as "Casa Beach" by the locals, is a small cove beach created years ago for the children of La Jolla and visitors to experience the beach in an enclosed section within the La Jolla cliffs. What became a safe-haven for children also became a natural attraction to seals and seal lions that frollick in La Jolla Bay. Seals and seal lions come here to rest, sunbathe and even have pups.
Public controversy set-in. Some people felt the seals should be displaced, while others maintained the beach should exclusively become a preserved spot for seals and that swimming and typical beach recreation activities should be prohibited. The controversy often becomes verbally heated between animal rights activists and beach-goers.
Children's Beach. A Fun, Beautiful Place.
In spite of the controversy, Children's Beach is a beautiful place and a must-visit for tourists vacationing in the La Jolla and San Diego area. It's conveniently located just below downtown La Jolla Village and its wide collection of boutiques, art galleries, fine restaurants, active nightlife and lodging options.
Children's beach is a fun place where on any given day you can watch the seals and sea lions "shoot" from the waves and waddle to their favorite places to sunbathe on the beach. They enjoy the attention they get, but do not like to be approached.
Children's Beach boasts some of the most strikingly beautiful sunsets you'll ever experience. Couples find it romantic to watch the sun set in the evening as it gradually creates bursts of infinite color as it slowly disappears beyond the ocean horizon.
A curved concrete barrier-wall with iron rails that juts out into the bay is popular walk for those that jaunt-out to get a closer look at the seals and wider views of coastal beauty along La Jolla. Many get a thrill out of waiting for the larger waves to break and crash over the top of the barrier. When big waves come, hang-on tight and expect to get wet.
Children’s Pool is a fabulous place for sunbathing, picnicking on grassy park areas to the north and south of the Pool and still offers great views of ocean horizons. The seal-watching feature attracts over 80,000 annual visitors. The area below Scripps Park is a popular tide pool with other tide pools along the La Jolla shoreline.
Children’s Pool lies between La Jolla Cove to its north and Windansea Beach to its south. If you enjoy walking and people watching, the trails next to Coast Boulevard high above the beach provide panoramic views along the sandstone cliffs on the ocean’s edge. The steep inclines are not handicap friendly.
This is a popular beach for scuba divers because of the reefs just offshore. These same reefs can create very strong currents and other hazards, particularly in high surf conditions. Telephone the lifeguard beach information line at (619) 221-8884 and ask about diving conditions and always check with lifeguards before diving.
Services and Guidelines.
Lifeguards staff the beach daily from 9:00 AM to about dusk but are subject to change. Public restrooms and showers are located near the lifeguard station. Because of steep cliff inclines, Children’s Pool is not wheelchair accessible but wheelchairs can be used on its narrow seawall. Open fires are prohibited. Alcohol is not permitted and dogs on leashes are allowed from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Directions To Children's Pool.
Children's Pool (Casa Beach) is located at 850 Coast Boulevard in La Jolla CA.
From the north. Take Interstate 5 southbound to La Jolla Village Drive westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road, then turn right on Prospect Street. Look for signs and bear right on Coast Boulevard.
From the south. Take Interstate 5 northbound to Ardath Road westbound., Ardath becomes Torrey Pines Road. Turn right on Prospect Street. Look for signs and bear right on Coast Boulevard.
Parking at Children’s Pool
Free on-street parking is available and is limited to 3 hours on weekdays, and unlimited on weekends. Paid parking is available within short walking distance to the beach.
Video - Walking The Children's Beach Seawall