Guide to exploring La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove is known for its beaches, the perfect place for swimming, snorkeling, sea lion watching and relaxing. Tourists come from around the world to visit the Birch Aquarium and to take pictures along the coast. Although the beaches and sea caves can be busy in the summer, it’s still a great place to take the family. Here’s a guide to the best of La Jolla Cove.
Swimming, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Water activities are the primary reason to visit La Jolla Cove. Before getting out in the water, check with the lifeguards for information about currents and safety in the ocean. Less experienced swimmers should stay closer inland and recognize the boundaries to stay safe. At low tide in the winter, you’ll want to check out the tide pools for all types of sea creatures. Bring your own snorkeling gear or rent a wetsuit to explore the underwater sea life. You can even take a scuba diving expedition with San Diego Scuba or SD Expeditions, if you’re certified. Rent a kayak or bicycle at a local shop to explore the area from a different view.
Ellen Browning Scripps Park is one of the most photographed parks in the area. The trees in the park are thought to have inspired Dr. Seuss. If you only have a short time in the area, choose the park for watching a sunset. If you go in the morning, bring a waterproof blanket. It will be dewy. You can fly a kite, have a picnic or relax and take in the sun.
Take an Art Walk
La Jolla has many hidden murals along its streets for art lovers of all ages. Step into the art galleries along Prospect Street or Girard Avenue to find a new print for your home. If you get lucky to be in the city on certain days, you may even get a free tour from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.
Get Some California Cuisine
La Jolla has no shortage of restaurants to enjoy some fresh seafood and seasonal produce. Cove House is a local favorite with “Sam I Am” green eggs, another tribute to Dr. Seuss. George’s Ocean Terrace is a great place to enjoy the ocean view while you dine. Harry’s Coffee Shop has been providing breakfast since 1960. It’s one of the best places to soak up the local atmosphere.
Stay in Luxury
La Jolla has no shortage of hotels, motels, RV sites and campsites. You’ll find luxury suites, like those at La Valencia. If you want something cozier, try a B&B. You can even stay at a campground if you’re budgeting your vacation.
Don’t Let Morning Fog Scare You Off
La Jolla has great weather. The warmest months are August and September, but even the coldest months of December and January aren’t all that cold compared to some parts of the country. The summer is dry; winters get more rainfall. Mornings are characterized by low clouds and fog, but just get your day started. They’ll burn off by lunchtime, giving you the rest of the day to have fun in the sun of San Diego.