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Snorkel La Jolla in December

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Snorkel La Jolla in December

I will be in San Diego (Mission Beach) for the last week in December.

Is snorkeling at La Jolla feasible? I have a wet suit.

I would like to go from the beach without a tour.

Where would be a good, preferably sheltered spot?

Which tide (high or low) is best?

Any info would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Snorkel La Jolla in December

Normally La Jolla Cove is the best snorkeling spot - as it is an underwater preserve. That said this is winter - and one storm can change the ocean conditions so that the Cove take direct hits from incoming surf.

Make sure you talk with the lifeguards before you enter the water. They also will have conditions posted near the lifeguard tower - includes water temp, visibility, and surge.

I don't have a personal preference over low or high tide at the cove - unless the tide is REALLY low - then you're better off tide-pooling!

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2. Re: Snorkel La Jolla in December

As NativeSoCal said, water and visibility conditions change with the weather. Snorkeling at the Cove will be fine if the weather is clear. Visibility is rarely more than 15 feet, even on the best days. And definitely bring your wetsuit because the water will be COLD!

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3. Re: Snorkel La Jolla in December

The Cove is great, you don't need to go far to see the Garibaldi, they are about three strokes into the water. Also don't be alarmed when the seals come check you out.

DO avoid the cave!


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