What to Do in La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is one of the biggest draws that brings people from all over the country to La Jolla. Though a small beach, it’s favored by locals and tourists alike for its striking beauty, deep blue waters and abundance of sea lions. But La Jolla Cove is more than just a pretty sight. It’s also full of a wide variety of activities. There’s something for everyone at La Jolla Cove, and with so much to do, you may want to make more than one trip.

Go Snorkeling

If you’re looking for an exciting snorkeling opportunity with plenty of interesting sea life, La Jolla Cove is the place for you. The waters by La Jolla Cove are actually part of the La Jolla Underwater Park, known for its well-preserved colorful sea life. Here you can see the brightly colored Garibaldi fish, sea lions, starfish, and even leopard sharks (don’t worry, they’re safe). There’s also plenty of stunning coral reefs here. You can find shops to buy snorkeling equipment nearby or even take a scuba diving class.

Explore a Sea Cave

Sunny Jim Cave, with its 7 arches, is the most popular of caves to explore in La Jolla, but La Jolla Cove has a little sea cave of its own. Take the staircase down to the beach, and to the left you’ll see a small cave with a rectangular arch opening. Because it’s so rocky, it’s safest to explore during low tide, but from there you can pass from one side or another. You may see sea lions and seals in the distance, as they tend to flock to this part of the beach.


San Diego is well known for surfing, and La Jolla Cove is a great place to do it. The swells vary, so it’s best to check the forecast before you go, but in the right conditions, the waves can reach as high as 7-13 feet. Even if the waves aren’t quite high enough to surf, it still offers delightful opportunities for body surfing.

Grab Dinner in a Historic Cottage

There are several restaurants near the beach, but one of the most popular ones might not immediately appear to be a restaurant. In fact, it looks from the exterior like a 19th century cottage. This is Brockton Villa, which was once upon a time a retreat for San Diego doctor Joseph Rodes. It’s gone through a few hands over the years, concluding in Pannikin founder Bob Sinclair who turned it into a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant retains the original charm of the home, including the classic veranda and wide views of the ocean.

When you stay at the Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, not only will you have a historic facility at your disposal, but you’ll be very close to La Jolla Cove and all the opportunities you can find there. These are just a few things you can do at La Jolla Cove, not to mention the many other beaches in La Jolla. Book your room today and come see for yourself. 

Check back next Monday to find out about La Jolla's coffee scene. 


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