Experience this iconic part of San Diego up close and personal! See La Jolla Cove like you've never seen it before and get a workout at the same time.

La Jolla Cove is an iconic destination in San Diego for visitors and locals alike. Anyone visiting San Diego knows La Jolla Cove is famous for sea lions, beautiful sunsets, sea caves, kayaking, diving, etc etc. The entire area is a great place to eat, drink, relax and spend a day enjoying the California coast.

After you enjoy La Jolla Cove from the high and dry cliffs above, grab your wet suit, fins and go for a swim. If you thought you enjoyed the cove before, its a totally different experience under the water. The cove is bustling with marine wildlife. The crystal clear water allows you to see for 20-30 feet. You can swim for a workout or just take the family out to enjoy the seals swimming circles around you. Walk right down into the cove or one of the beaches near the cove and jump in.

The cove has two swimming buoys at the 1/4 and 1/2 mile mark. If you haven't swam in the open ocean, it is a much better workout than a pool swim. The currents here are very minimal and you won't notice them most of the year. There are swimmers in the water daily during any time of year. Many triathletes train for their open ocean swims in this beautiful location.

Ask a lifeguard or check the tidal surge before you swim. Lifeguards are on duty from 9am till sunset. If it isn't to strong you can even swim into the sea caves along the cliffs. La Jolla Cove is an underwater ecological reserve, and most people who visit the cove never experience this section. After you swim with leopard sharks, sting rays, lobster and tons of seals, you will have truly experienced La Jolla Cove. Whether for fun or fitness, this swim is totally worth it.

After you work up an appetite swimming, head down to The Spot Restaurant and Tavern. The oldest restaurant location in La Jolla serves the best voted fries in town. Grab a cold beer and The Garbage Burger, which is a half pound burger with everything you could want on it. 

Pack List

  • Mask (Full Face is more enjoyable)
  • Fins
  • Wet Suit
  • Snorkel (Optional but helps to see more wildlife while you swim)
  • Go Pro
  • Towel
  • Shark Repellent
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Activities Swimming, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Fantastic!

La Jolla Cove is by far the best place in the San Diego area to enjoy the pacific ocean and all it has to offer. A wetsuit is defiantly necessary if you are going to be swimming or snorkeling for an extended period of time. The beach area is incredibly crowded during the weekends and summer so get there very early for a parking and beach spot.


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