My buddy, Kyle and I visited La Jolla Cove while we were vacationing in Southern California. This was my second time to this spot. I still think that its one of the most beautiful places on the west coast.

La Jolla Cove Information

Per Wikipedia:

“La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers.”

The cove is about a 30 minute drive northwest of San Diego.

Things I Like About This Location

  • The Cliffs! The cliffs around the cove are amazing! Exhibit A below.


  • The Seals and Pelicans – They might be smelly; however, they are easy to get to and appear to be used to travelers playing  paparazzi.

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  • The Beaches – The sand is gritty and easy to wash off. The water is warm and perfect to play in. The cliffs hide little pockets of sandy beaches. This makes the beaches feel a little more secluded.
  • The Weather – I have yet to go to San Diego and La Jolla when it wasn’t 70 degrees and sunny. I know it’s not always sunny, but looking at their weather report it’s almost always 70 to 80 degrees.

  • The Shopping – There are a lot of cool shops with good vibes around the cove. It’s an upscale beach community with a lot of high end stores.
  • The Restaurants – You are bound to get hungry while chilling on the beach. When you get hungry, here is a list of the top restaurants in La Jolla.

Things I Do Not Like About This Location

  • The Smell – the place sometimes will smell on a hot summer day due to all of the seal and bird crap. Some places smell really bad (Seal Rock). Some places don’t smell bad at all. Find a good smelling spot and lay out your beach towel.
  • Parking – If you do not get to this beach early you will have a very difficult time finding a parking spot. The road along the coast is a one-way and you can get stuck in traffic. One couple we ran into said that they were stuck in this traffic for over an hour to go just a quarter of a mile. My advice, use the parking garage. Pay the $10 to avoid spending your precious time searching for a parking spot.

Have you been to La Jolla Cove? If so, I’d love to hear what you think about it in the comments below.

My Drone

For those of you that are interested, I shot this video using the DJI Mavic Air. This drone is amazing!

Photos and video belong to Justin Klingler