La Jolla Cove

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La Jolla Cove, home of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club where many channel swimmers, marathon swimmers and ocean swimmers train
Swimmers of the Gatorman of the annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim

La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between adjacent sandstone cliffs in the city of La Jolla, north of San Diego, California, USA. Due to its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. It is within a short walk of the commercial area of the community of La Jolla and the site of the most popular open water swim in America, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim annually held in early September.

La Jolla Cove has unusually coarse sand. Grassy Scripps Park is immediately adjacent and an excellent area for picnicking. Water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed 30 feet, making it a popular location for open water swimmers, scuba divers and snorklers. La Jolla Cove lies within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve which helps to ensure that marine life remains plentiful.

It is the home venue for the La Jolla Cove Swim Club, an active pod of ocean swimmers, triathletes, and multi-sport athletes.

Lifeguard Protection

Lifeguards are staffed daily throughout the year. During summer, lifeguard staffing hours are generally 9:00 a.m. to dusk. At other times of the year, lifeguard staffing may not commence until 10:00 a.m.

Ocean Safety

Most California beaches can experience strong currents.


A public restroom building with showers is at the Scripps Park beside La Jolla Cove.


From the north, take Interstate 5 to La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road at the signalized intersection. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the signalized intersection at Prospect Street and turn right. Watch for the signs and bear right on Coast Boulevard.

From the south, take Interstate 5 north to La Jolla Parkway. Continue on as it becomes Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the signalized intersection at Prospect Street and turn right. Watch for the signs and stay right on Coast Boulevard.

On-street parking can be difficult to find, particularly in summer. It is limited to three hours at a time on weekdays and unlimited on weekends, but check the signs for any restrictions. Paid parking is available in downtown La Jolla at several locations and is a short walk from the beach.


The 9:30's (also dubbed the "Aqua-nuts") are a pod of ocean swimmers who always gather at La Jolla Cove for a daily ocean swim 365 days per year.

World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns

La Jolla in San Diego was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2016.

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