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La Jolla Cove Beach

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A Vacation Experience By Itself.

La Jolla Cove is an ocean paradise with picture postcard views. Nestled between steep sandstone cliffs and accented by tall flowing palms, soft sandy beach, gentle waves and stunning sunsets makes the Cove a popular subject of scenic photographers. Swim, scuba dive, snorkel, picnic or just sunbathe in tranquility. Or if you’re the romantic type, moonlit walks will surely set the mood. The whole experience combines to make La Jolla a pleasurable vacation attraction.

The Cove is an ocean swimmer’s dream. No surfing permitted here. In fact motor craft, kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, flotation devices and inflatable water recreation toys are prohibited at La Jolla Cove Beach. The Cove’s swimming area extends outward about a half-mile to form a defined path for long-distance swimming. The Cove attracts serious open-water swimmers and is a selected site for several competitive swimming events.

Clear water visibility, gentle rolling waves, kelp beds, underwater caves and an abundance of reserve-protected underwater sea life attracts scuba divers and snorkelers. Frolic among marine nature where you’ll often come face-to-face with colorful fish, sea bass, moray eels, stingrays, bat rays, sand sharks, leopard sharks and some of the largest lobsters you’ll ever see. But be aware that disturbing or removing sea life is prohibited. If you’re not familiar with diving at the Cove, ask the lifeguard about daily conditions and the best points of entry to maximize your enjoyment and safety.

Sightseeing and just plain people-watching can be a relaxing experience. Scripps Park with rolling green grass sitting at cliff-top is an ideal place for picnics and events. The park also includes public restrooms and showers for visitor convenience. Two sets of steep concrete stairs lead down to the beach on either ends of the Cove. The steep inclines are not wheelchair accessible.

La Jolla Cove sits between La Jolla Shores Beach and Children’s Pool. It’s also nearby La Jolla Caves, a very popular spot among ocean shoreline kayakers. All La Jolla Beaches are connected making it convenient to walk from one to another. Combined with its abundance of fine hotels and resorts and close proximity to downtown La Jolla, The Coves is an ideal La Jolla attraction.

Checkout Boomer Beach, just around the point west of La Jolla Cove is a “body surfing only” beach that bans flotation devices. This is an uncrowded area that’s also ideal for sunbathing.

For Your Safety

Lifeguard towers at the Cove are generally staffed from 9:00 a.m. to about dusk.

Services, Guidelines and Notes

Public restrooms and shower facilities are located in Scripps Park above the beach. Because of its steep inclines, the beach is not wheelchair accessible, but the ocean view walking at Scripps Park is handicap friendly. Fires on the beach are prohibited. Alcohol is only permitted between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. Spears of any type are not allowed. Marine life is reserve protected and strictly enforced.


La Jolla Beach Cove is located at 1100 Coast Boulevard in La Jolla.

From the north. Take Interstate 5 southbound to La Jolla illage Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road to Prospect Street. Turn right on Prospect, watch for signs and bear right on Coast Blvd. Begin looking for on-street parking.

From the south. Take Interstate 5 northbound to Ardath Road. Continue westbound on Ardath as it becomes Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Rd. to Prospect street. Turn right on Prospect, watch for signs and bear right on Coast Blvd. Begin looking for on-street parking.

Parking at La Jolla Cove

There is no public parking lot at the Cove. On-street parking is your only free option and is limited to 3 hours on weekdays with no time limit on weekends. Paid parking is available at several locations within short walking distance to the beach.

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