Swim in La Jolla Cove

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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. 

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Fun but crowded

Bring a snorkel and a wetsuit. It can get crowded though

iconic southern california

The water is to cold for me to fully swim, but this is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in California. Make sure its either a hot day or you have a wet suit to fully enjoy the water.

Swim here! While being cautious

I swam here several years ago and still think about it to this day. Be careful of the tides as once you're in the cove, the water can be pretty strong and you can get injured if you're not careful

So Busy!

The only reason that I'm only giving it 4 stars is because the beach was suuuper busy the couple of times I've been here. That being said, it's one of the most beautiful beaches in all of California. So if you don't mind crowds, this is the spot for you!

about 1 year ago

Reefs

La Jolla has so many different reefs and coves to explore! Such an amazing place!

Clear water

Look out for seals! Great experience.

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over 4 years ago

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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