Locals are so inured to the good life in San Diego we tend to neglect some of the better photo venues because of all the touristas clogging-up our viewfinders; I rarely visit north county beaches because of the wall-to-wall Cornhuskers and Oakies. Plus, I detest paying to park!
Fortunately, one of the photo clubs to which I belong recently reminded me of the many venues around La Jolla Cove! Because we went early on a Sunday morning, there was plenty of free parking and the only people in the frames were the nut cases swimming with the sea lions in 40+ degree temperatures!
There are myriad things to photograph and the organizer said this is a good time of year because the Pelicans are in breeding plumage and tend to fly close to the Children’s Pool. He was correct on both counts so I suggest you go as soon as possible! Just be there near sunrise because, for most shots, you want the light coming from a severe angle, not overhead.
While it IS possible to capture interesting shots with your kit lens or a wide-angle, I strongly commend your long lens. The park-like facilities around the Cove allow you to use your tripod or handhold your telephoto lens without disturbing the wildlife that abounds. Look up for flying birds, down for resting birds, and all around for sea lions, breaking waves, and beautiful coastal scenery! If you plan to use your wide-angle lens, review your software’s stitching protocol as the panorama is not to be believed!