La Jolla Cove Reviews
1100 Coast Blvd
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (291 Reviews)
Everybody has their story about how they fell in love with the “Cove.” Here is my story, probably much like yours…
Like some people, I stumbled onto the cove. I was hired to work for a company in downtown La Jawla (at the time) and moved here from the Midwest.
I remember going out for lunch and going to the ocean. I was transfixed by the raw beauty. Then, on about my fifth two block walk to the Cove, there was a swell. There were 4 bodysurfers riding 10 foot face waves. I watched them get out of the water in their full wetsuits, walk in front of the sign, which I seem to recall, said “No bodysurfing,” and then blend, almost seamlessly into the crowd of businessmen and women in their suits.
I went from transfixed to mesmerized. Pretty soon I was taking a morning and afternoon walk break down to the Cove.
I became aware of many nuances:
* The seagulls were shameless.
* And so where the kids at the beach (before the seal issue)… They were loud and exhibited everything a kid should be.
* The walkway along the ocean provided a beautiful and different view every 20 feet.
* A lot of tourists from foreign countries speaking their native language would point and shoot pictures.
* You could sometimes tell the locals, as they were only slightly less stunned by the beauty (they saw it everyday) and didn’t stop every two minutes to take a picture.
* The juxtaposition of nature’s beauty against (just a half-block away) the full decadence the man can offer in a retail setting.
* Also the full range of cars you will see when you there encompasses the entire spectrum. I have seen two Mercedes convertibles parked on either side of a rusted VW van, with a Woodie car next to them.
* If you people watch, come ready to see an amazing cross section of ages, cultures, wealth (and non-wealth), elderly with small tiny dogs, surfers in flip-flops, kids from La Jolla High playing hookie and… business people taking a break from work to enjoy the beauty of the cove.
A few words to the wise:
* The Cove can be hard to find, even if you live in San Diego http://www.thelajollacove.org/directions-to-the-la-jolla-cove/
* Parking is brutal, and often expensive, if you can find it.
* Not surprisingly the restaurants are good, although they too can be pricey.
* I have seen kayakers get to close to the cliffs just north of the Cove with a raging swell. Simple advice – don’t.
There is a noncommercial Facebook page that has tidbits, tips, photo’s, etc about the La Jolla Cove.
Review by Natalie M.
I have been looking through my old pictures today and found this photo from San Diego.
This place is a” must” thing to see in San diego. It is like a…
Review by Christopher B.
Excellent views of the coastline and wildlife (including seals chilling on the rocks).
The coastline is situated by a park, along with a boardwalk and…
Review by Glen H.
This place is beautiful. If you’re visiting San Diego, it’s a must to go to.