Originally conceived as a protected swimming area for children, the sea-walled cove began to fill with sand and eventually, sea lions and harbor seals. There is still ongoing debate over who is more entitled to this spot—children or the seals—but it does not diminish its appeal to tourists and locals. Despite the controversy and crowds, the area can be surprisingly peaceful and serene. It's a great place to take a photo. Walk along the seawall for gorgeous 360-degree views of La Jolla and the Pacific ocean.
Swimming and scuba diving are permitted. If you do venture into the water, be cautious of very strong currents intensified by nearby offshore reefs. Lifeguards are staffed year-round from 9:00a.m. to dusk.
Limited free parking along Coast Blvd, accessible from nearby paid lots as well. Beach is accessible by public transportation.
This beach has bathrooms and showers. No alcohol or glass containers allowed, and no smoking on the beach or adjacent areas. Please no litter or excessive noise.No dogs allowed after 9am. Dogs permitted after 4pm in the winter and after 6pm year round.
Read more in our La Jolla Beach Guide.