La Jolla Cove is San Diego’s most desirable spot for kayaking, snorkeling and diving. The water is calm and ecologically protected, providing a safe home for colorful garibaldi, yellowtail, rays and even leopard sharks. Because the water is protected, surfboards, boogie boards and other floatation devices are not permitted. The beach itself is small, but nearby Scripps Park offers a nice grassy expanse for spreading out.
Visually, the cove is a breathtakingly gorgeous gem. Somewhat hidden with alluring curves and caves, it is often cited as the most photographed beach in San Diego. This ocean view's striking beauty simply cannot be overstated.
Parking is available in nearby paid lots, with a few street spots available for the lucky.
Swimming and scuba diving are allowed. Lifeguards are staffed year-round from 9:00a.m. to dusk. Beach is accessible by public transportation.
This beach has bathroom and shower facilities and picnic areas. No alcohol or glass containers allowed, no overnight camping, 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.