As an animal lover my visit to see the sea lions at La Jolla Cove was hands down my highlight from San Diego this time around. And being there as the sun went down made it especially magical.
La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya – it means ‘the jewel’ in Spanish) Cove is part of La Jolla Underwater Park, a marine refuge area.
La Jolla Cove really is beautiful. It’s a popular spot for swimming and snorkelling because the high cliffs mean there is rarely high surf. There was on my visit mind you, as San Diego was recovering from El Niño (a strong band of warm water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator increasing the likelihood of rain storms), and there were plenty of surfers taking advantage of it!
The small cove inside the cliffs has a white sandy beach, and you can often find sea lions there, or on the rocks. The cove was originally meant as a protected swimming area for children, but it attracted the local wildlife.
There does seem to be an ongoing argument as to whether the sea lions should be removed as they’re apparantly multiplying quite rapidly. Personally, I’m on the side of the sea lions – why mess with nature just so kids can go swimming?
Above the cliffs is a lovely big grassy area, the perfect picnic spot. I definitely plan on returning to La Jolla when the weather is a bit better.
There is so much more to see and do there than just observe the sea lions, so watch this space!
All photos my own.