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Hiking in San Diego: La Jolla Cove

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The La Jolla Coast walk trail is about 2 miles and covers La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove. Park along Coast Blvd near the Cave Store, then walk North for the beach and South for the cove. Both have spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, but the cove is more interesting. Similar to Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla Cove has small beaches nestled between sandstone cliffs and caves. Both La Jolla and Sunset Cliffs have several tide pool areas, but there are more animals and plant life here. The La Jolla coast is active with pelicans, ground squirrels, and of course - seals.

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The best spot to watch the seals is at the Children's Pool. The beach here is always crawling with seals, sometimes more than 50 are laying on the beach at a time. Depending on the time of year, you can walk on the beach right next to them. The seals are playful and have been known to interact with kayakers. The beach is closed during pupping season, but you can still view them from the walkway during that time.

There are a few different parks in the area, and several grassy areas along the trail. These are great picnic spots, but watch out for the squirrels! There are squirrels everywhere, and they are not afraid of people. They are friendly, but keep an eye on your food.

The scenic views of La Jolla Cove make this walk romantic for couples. The sights and animals also create an ideal place to bring children or people visiting from out of town.

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