Picturesque La Jolla Cove and Adorable Seal Pups

La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach in La Jolla, San Diego, California. It really is breathtakingly gorgeous. We were told that during summer months it is a popular spot to take a dip and relax. During our visit this month in May, however, the beach portion at the Cove was closed due to seal pups. We were so impressed that San Diego closes the beach at the Cove so the seal pups have their space to thrive.


Even if we couldn’t relax on the beach, it was neat to walk around the seawall and admire the dozens of seals that were lounging on the beach, frolicking in the surf, or fighting the waves as they try to spread out and relax on the rocks while getting pushed around by the water. Those seal pups sure are cute! It was great to be able to take some time to stand and admire the surroundings.

There was a little stench, as you would expect, from so many seals hanging around, but we soon didn’t notice it as we happily admired the seals. We must not be the only visitors that didn’t mind either, as La Jolla Cove was recently named the sixth-best beach in the U.S.A by Trip Advisor.

We were so happy to see that San Diego embraces the seals being around
Darcy and Madison taking a look – What a great view!
The little seal pups sure were cute!
Walk the seawall. It is a great way to get an awesome view.
The waves would crash up and the seals had to work hard to stay on the rocks


Seals wiggling around sure are funny to watch

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  • The hunt for parking took a while. Leave extra time to allow for searching for parking. There is some free parking along the Cove, if you’re lucky.
  • If you visit when the beach is open and seals are around, give them their space. Don’t touch them!
  • The best view is from the little seawall. It’s not very wide, so there’s really only walking room. We didn’t attempt taking a stroller because there wasn’t really room for people to maneuver around it.


Where have you found a cool wildlife experience?