La Jolla Underwater Park

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MissNona
Wildomar, CA20 contributions
Perfect for nature lovers and people watchers
Jul 2021 • Family
Beautiful area with miles of shore cliffs to explore. An absolute must see for nature lovers! The cove itself is very small but has clear calm waters where even children can snorkel easily. No inflatables or floatation devices are allowed in the cove itself, so if you are kayaking or paddle boarding, you will have to launch for la Jolla shores, the sandy strip beach just to the north. Sea lions are super curious and will investigate you in the water, but don't touch them and be cautious. Do not even approach them on land especially if there are babies, that's a sure way to get bit or attacked. Plus I think they're protected and you could get in trouble for harassing the wildlife. There is a gray park on the cliff above the cove that was nice to relax at our of the sand, and lots of vendors selling various items from booths around the edge of the park. Lots of places to eat within walking distance, but kinda pricey. Bring money and bring patience, and get there as early as possible because it gets crowded and parking can become difficult by mid morning.
Written 21 July 2021
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Robin F
5 contributions
Sea Lions up close.
Jul 2019 • Business
This is a wonderful area where sea lions come to mate and have pups. They lay on the rocky beach and visitors are allowed to get fairly close to snap pictures. Be aware that it can get kind of smelly.
Written 19 July 2019
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paulcE3081NI
Portland58 contributions
Great for swimming and snorkeling
Oct 2017 • Family
I lived in SD for more than 25 years and I would come down to the cove in the summer and swim and snorkel. This is a great spot to easily get into and out of the water. There are other beach areas, but the water can be rougher and a little harder to get in the water. The cove and park are mostly calm and the water is mostly clear (for California coast standards). Going out of the park and out into the west facing beaches is a bit more of a challenge and you can have larger waves and surge. The cove is mostly protected and there is less of a surge, plus lifeguards are present.
If you have never snorkeled, this is a good spot to try, if you have then you will enjoy the fish and other life in the park. I have seen large rays, seals, a few sharks, fish of all size and color. In the fall and winter the water will be cool so a wetsuit is needed, in the summer you can get by without one.
Parking can be tight so don't expect a front row spot. But the surrounding parks and attractions make the area a great spot to visit and relax. There are bathrooms and showers to clean up once you get out of the water.
Written 18 September 2018
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Julie C
Hayward, California, United States7 contributions
Love the water here
Jul 2018 • Family
I was lucky enough to go on a kayak and snorkel tour in this beautiful place. The bright orange fish, pretty rocks and just underwater world that is there is an Amazing thing to have been able to see. We snorkeled there, and into one of the caves. It is also so clean, no garbage, and we'll taken care of
Written 1 August 2018
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Donald S
Cape May Beach1,947 contributions
Nothing like the sights, sounds and smells of this area.
Nov 2017 • Friends
The odor is not always pleasant, but certainly natural. Here one can see and ear seals, sea lions, sharks, sea birds and also do people watching. It's so much fun and also relaxing. I could go every day.
Written 12 November 2017
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Maximilian H
Gothenburg, Sweden895 contributions
one of the best spots to see seals/sea lions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is definitely one of the best spots to watch seals / sea lions. So do not miss this. The area is at the same time a beach where also humans are swimming.
Written 30 October 2017
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yvonne p
El Sobrante, CA430 contributions
Swim with the Seals!
Sep 2017 • Couples
Swim, Snorkel, or Scuba with the Sea Lions and Seals...along with lots of fish. Long set of steps down to the small beach area. Watch the tides - they can come in and wash your belongs away - you can leave stuff up in the lawn areas. No flotation devices! Lifeguard station. Restroom and shower building up top. Marine sanctuary - you can see a lot from the walkways above the cove too.
Written 6 September 2017
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Jessica C
5 contributions
Leopard Sharks are back!!!
Jul 2017 • Family
Went snorkeling with my kiddos at La Jolla's Underwater Park, to kickoff the returning season of the leopard sharks. From late July to mid September, our warm waters attracts these and other types of smaller sharks to "Incubate" their youngs inside their tummy to prepare them for birth. We went last weekend, and already saw quite a few down there. Best time to go is early August, but if you go now you won't disappointed. Water is warm, about 74's in the morning, so wet suit is not necessary. Fins are ok, but not needed. We saw a few waist high. Bring gopro underwater camera to take pictures, and remember, these sharks are harmless to humans. They're more afraid of you. If you're up for it, kayaks and paddle boards are also available nearby... the 7 caves is a great place to paddle to. We love this place!
Written 19 July 2017
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guskonstantin
San Diego, CA27 contributions
Took some out of towners
Jan 2017 • Friends
Not very impressive, expensive for the ctual visit. Limited visuals and seemed like there was not much to Oh and Ahh about. Just a cave with a big gift shop. Nothing to impress out of town visitors.REALLY HARD to find parking.
Written 10 April 2017
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lovewarmwater
San Diego, CA47 contributions
Amazing Diving and Snorkeling
Jan 2017 • Couples
There is so much to see underwater from the various La Jolla beach entries. The best way to get a good overview of these spots is to attend the 3Rs workshops presented each summer. In the 3R workshops experienced divers and former lifeguards take snorkelers to many of the San Diego dive spots and go over the unique features of each. I have been diving the La Jolla beaches for over 40 years and I am still surprised by some of the wonderful things I see.
Written 13 January 2017
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