About La Jolla Cove:
La Jolla Cove sits just below Ellen Browning Scripps Park in downtown La Jolla. The sandy part of this beach is quite small, and ringed by high, rocky cliffs. At high tide, the surrounding rocks trap water that stays behind as many tide pools when the tide goes out, and adults and kids alike enjoy peering into them.
Located on an ecological preserve and with clear water, La Jolla Cove is also a popular place for scuba diving.
La Jolla Cove Fees:
Entrance Fee: None
Parking Fee: There is no parking at La Jolla Cove, and the best bet is to park in downtown La Jolla, where you may have to pay a parking fee and walk.
Creature Comforts at La Jolla Cove:
- Picnic Tables
- You'll find plenty of food nearby in downtown La Jolla
- Alcohol is permitted on the beach from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. only
- Pets allowed only between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., and they must be on a leash.
La Jolla Cove Activities:
- Tide pooling
- Scuba diving and snorkeling. Water visibility sometimes exceeds 30 feet
Lodging Near La Jolla Cove:
Highs and Lows at La Jolla Cove:
La Jolla Cove's small size sometimes cannot accommodate the number of people who want to be on it.
If you want to enjoy the tide pools, you need to get to La Jolla Cove at low tide. Check the tide times before you go.
- In summer, San Diego beaches are subject to red tides.