La Jolla Cove

Coast Walk Trail

San Diego Metro Area, California

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La Jolla Cove


  • La Jolla Cove with Scripps Park in the background.- La Jolla Cove
  • Seals basking in an inlet.- La Jolla Cove
  • Cormorants and brown pelicans nest on the cliffs.- La Jolla Cove
  • Kayakers explore the water.- La Jolla Cove
  • Kayakers get up close with seals.- La Jolla Cove
  • These seabirds have a great view.- La Jolla Cove
  • The Coast Walk Trail hugs the edge of the bluffs.- La Jolla Cove
  • Looking north from Coast Walk Trail.- La Jolla Cove
  • View east from Coast Walk Trail, looking toward Charlotte Park.- La Jolla Cove
  • The invasive castor bean (Ricinus communis) along the trail.- La Jolla Cove
  • The invasive castor bean (Ricinus communis) along the trail with smoke from a wildfire in the background.- La Jolla Cove
  • Seals basking near Goldfish Point.- La Jolla Cove
Overview + Weather
Great wildlife viewing. Ecologically significant. Easy to access.
Parking is difficult. Crowded.
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


La Jolla Cove is renowned for its prime kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. But even if you’re a landlubber, the scenic cove is still definitely worth a visit. The beach at the north end of Scripps Park is small, but it has great views and is in fact one of the most photographed beaches of San Diego county. From the small sandy beach, seals and the occasional sea lion are visible, basking on rocks just off-shore. Look out for the occasional Garibaldi, a bright orange fish which is unusually common in La Jolla Cove.

When you’re ready to stretch your legs, head up the staircase and to the left, where you can join the Coast Walk Trail. This easy trail hugs the bluffs and offers fantastic views for just about the entire length. Some points of access to the cliffs allow visitors to get up close and personal with the cormorants, brown pelicans, or seagulls. Exercise caution on the bluffs!

Parking is available on-street, but it is limited. Be prepared to park and walk, or park in a paid lot.

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