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La Jolla Cove

A short walk from downtown La Jolla, La Jolla Cove is an excellent swimming, diving, and snorkeling spot.

WL003521 La Jolla Cove is a very small beach tucked between adjacent sandstone cliffs at the cul-de-sac off Coast Boulevard. The Cove sits beneath Scripps Park, a grassy open space perfect for picnics and play. La Jolla Cove faces to the north, a unique quality in southern California. Therefore, it is usually very calm, and the visibility is usually quite good – sometimes even up to 30 feet!

That’s why snorkeling and kayaking near La Jolla Cove are such great activities. There is an abundance of marine life and the typically calm waters make the La Jolla Cove area a recreational haven! San Diego Bike and Kayak makes the most of this by offering snorkeling tours, kayak tours and gear rentals to explore the area and nearby. To reserve your spot on a tour or rent beach gear, call (858) 454-1010 or save money online.

DSC_3472Snorkeling in La Jolla Cove is one of the most popular summertime activities in La Jolla. Snorkelers will see lots of garibaldi, the California state fish, as well as half moon, yellow tails, sardines, rockfish and even some friendly leopard sharks. La Jolla Cove lies within the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve, which helps to ensure that marine life remains plentiful.

This is a look but don’t touch area, and the possession of game is unlawful. Because La Jolla Cove is part of the Ecological Reserve, the waters off this beach are reserved for swimming, snorkeling and diving only. The taking or possession of sea life or artifacts is prohibited. La Jolla Cove is also a popular launch area for open water swimmers. Kayaking in La Jolla Cove is not permitted, but kayakers can paddle nearby along the point.


Snorkeling in La Jolla is easy by renting snorkel gear from San Diego Bike and Kayak and walking to La Jolla Cove. San Diego snorkeling is easy with snorkel gear rentals and the contained area withing La Jolla Cove. So start exploring now!

Leopard Shark Encounter

leopard-sharksLeopard Sharks can be found in large numbers in the shallow, sandy flats in and around La Jolla Cove between June and November.

They swim around in just a few feet of water and venture into these shallow waters each year to spawn. The leopard sharks are totally harmless, and snorkeling with the leopard sharks is an unforgettable experience! Click here to learn about a snorkeling adventure with Leopard Sharks!