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La Jolla sea lions

Hi all

will be going to San Diego in a month's time..

plan to go to La Jolla to see the sea lions and of course the scenery..read from some reviews that we could actually see the sea lions on the bridge at Casa beach and some other viewing spots at the beach. qtn is where should we park the car ? would appreciate it if we can have the building's name or some address so that we can key into the gps.

thks

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1. Re: La Jolla sea lions

Casa Beach is another name for the Children's Pool. Sometimes the sea lions are there, but not always. The last time we were there, there were some sea lions swimming around in the water but none actually on the beach. It's still fun to walk down on the man-made seawall that forms the beach, because you get close to the waves without getting wet, and if there are any sea lions on the beach you can see them from closer than from the street. a-zsandiegobeaches.com/lajollachildrenspool.…

As far as I know, the Children's Pool doesn't have any specific street address, but right across the street from it is the Casa de Mañana retirement home, which has an address of 849 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037. So that is what you can enter into your GPS system. There is free parking along Coast Boulevard there, for 3 hours at a time. If you are going to be there longer than 3 hours you will need to move your car to a different spot. On some days parking is hard to find, but if you continue further south on Coast Boulevard, parking gets easier to find the further south you go. Then you would have to walk north to get to the sights, but it's a pretty walk along the ocean front.

I think you are far more likely to see sea lions in the area of La Jolla Cove. They are usually on the rocks at either end of the cove. La Jolla Cove has an approximate address of 1150 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037. If that address doesn't work with your GPS, enter the address of the La Jolla Cove Suites hotel, which is right across the street, and has the address of 1155 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037. I have always found parking around La Jolla Cove to be hard to find, on any day of the year. You may have to drive further south on Coast Boulevard to find a parking spot, then walk back up to the cove. Some hotels allow parking in their garages for a set fee. www.a-zsandiegobeaches.com/lajollacove.htm

Edited: 26 October 2013, 06:18
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2. Re: La Jolla sea lions

If you want to walk out on the Ocean breaker, and see the seals, a good spot is the childrens pool ( which is just a name and not a childrens pool anymore its where the Seals hang out.)

Heres the location for what Im talking about. We just parked as close to that as possible and walked from there. There is parking all along the road

http://binged.it/H8jg94

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That's the location. Thanks.

A word of caution, though. That Bing map is full of errors. People may well call the next beach south of the Children's Pool "Casa Beach," but I call it Wipeout Beach and it's beautiful. On the map they put "Wipeout Beach" on a spot that is not a beach at all, but a rocky area with tide pools. They mistakenly put "Wind and Sea Homes" on the neighborhood next to Windansea Beach (which is also beautiful). And they put "Ellen Scripps Browning Park" instead of the correct "Ellen Browning Scripps Park." But those are just minor. The really big mistake is that they misidentified the location of La Jolla Cove, placing it at the south end of Coast Boulevard. It is actually much further to the north, at the north end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. You can walk from the Children's Pool north along the coast to La Jolla Cove in about a 15-minute walk.

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4. Re: La Jolla sea lions

It is really interesting all these different names for places.

To ME the whole area from the Children's Pool up to the underwater diving park area is the "La Jolla Cove " area. There are several small cove beaches there and I don't think it matters where you park on the street. You park wherever you find parking and then walk.

The "sea lions" are not at the children's pool . Those are seals. The sea lions are on the rocks north of the underwater park .

Just key in one of the restauranst like Brockton Villa or George's at the cove and you will be in the correct area to start your walking and sightseeing.

Edited: 26 October 2013, 15:50
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5. Re: La Jolla sea lions

If your Sat plans include the Exploratorium, the Embarcadero Center offers $10 flat rate parking for Saturday with Exploratorium validation. embarcaderocenter.com/location/parking/

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6. Re: La Jolla sea lions

If you want to see sea lions and seals take the North harbor cruise and you'll see them in droves hanging out on the bait docks.

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If you have a whole afternoon for La Jolla, I'd recommend walking up the coast, from south to north, so you're not facing the sun. Park in the 300-400 block of Coast Boulevard. There are tide pools to explore if it is the time of low tide. Walk north along the coast past Coast Boulevard Park, the Wedding Bowl, Cuvier Park, Wipeout Beach, the Children's Pool, Shell Beach, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Boomer Beach, La Jolla Cove, then uphill to Cave Street and the store where you can pay and walk down the tunnel to Sunny Jim Cave if you want to do that.

Otherwise just continue outdoors, walk down to Goldfish Point if you want to, where you might see more sea lions and have a view of the caves from the outside. Continue east on Coast Walk along the cliffs to where it ends at 2 parking spaces. That completes the oceanfront walk.

Turn around and right after the bridge you cross, there is a path between houses that leads to Prospect Street. Walk south through the "village" area of La Jolla and look through some of the expensive shops and eat lunch or dinner at one of the many places to eat, then continue south to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and from there down to Coast Boulevard to your car.

Drive down to Windansea Beach, a famous surfing beach and a beautiful place, put in the address of 6831 Neptune Place, San Diego, CA, 92037. There are only 15 parking spaces at the beach and they are almost always filled, so you will probably have to park in the neighborhood and walk down to the beach. There are surfers virtually every day of the year.

If it's a clear, sunny day, drive up to Soledad Mountain Park for the sweeping views. Go east on Nautilus all the way up the hill, turn left on La Jolla Scenic Drive South, then go straight ahead into Soledad Park Road. If you need to use GPS to get there, try typing in 7040 Soledad Park Road, San Diego, CA, 92037.

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8. Re: La Jolla sea lions

Another place to experience sea lions is to stay in a Marina Suite at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay. There have be several reviews where they complained about the barking of sea lions all night from the bait barge in the marina.

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9. Re: La Jolla sea lions

Al Tippet,

This thread is about San Diego, not San Francisco, but THANK you for the information about parking at the Exploratorium......we have been worried about that.

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10. Re: La Jolla sea lions

I just want to point out that there is a distinction between the Harbor seals that frequent Children's Pool and the California sea lions that are in and around the La Jolla Cove. The seals are the blobs that lie on the sand and move slowly back into the water, while the sea lions sit and play on the rocks and are capable of moving around quite well on land using their rear flippers. Watching the sea lions climb the rocks is a treat. Sea lions bark, while seals don't.