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  • Emily S
    Chicago, IL45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    None of the reviews mention the pungent odor immediately noticed when you open your car door. It can be nauseating, as it’s extremely overwhelming. While the views are breathtaking, so is the smell in the air. Thousands of birds as well as a few hundred sea lion and seals call this cove home. Keep in mind this is not a zoo, there is not a zoo keeper to clean up after the animals.
    Written 24 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH6,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped on Saturday morning, but no paraglides were flying. But it’s a great place for scenic views of cliffs and ocean. There is on-site parking and a small quick service window for food. We spent an hour or so walking around and taking it all in.
    Written 11 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH6,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We kept seeing this place from down below. After finally making it up there, we saw that what we were seeing was the monument under wraps for refurbishment. Nonetheless it’s a very moving tribute and it’s a beautiful spot for it. On top of the hill with unobstructed views of the surrounding area. It wasn’t a very clear day but still spectacular.
    Written 12 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Chantae R
    Suva, Fiji3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are few places nicer than LJ shores to spend a day. Sea lions and seals so close by, scuba diving, surfing, lounging in the sand... plus a park for the kids. This beach is usually patrolled and also super clean. Great way to spend a day and cafes/restaurants are just a short walk away. TIP -- shuffle your feet when in the water to scoot away stingrays.
    Written 25 January 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • christine l
    Reno, United States92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small aquarium and cannot be compared to the Monterey Aquarium. If you start from that mindset it is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon looking at pretty ocean creatures and expanding your knowledge of the marine environment in and around La Jolla cove.
    Written 3 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Mike D
    Vancouver Island, Canada40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Couldn’t really see the caves from the top of the cliff. Needed to get at an angle to see them. It would be better from the water. The bird life was interesting as were the seals.
    Written 5 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, OH6,803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Found this little gem when we were looking for a place to watch the sunset on the way home from dinner. It was our last night, wished we would have found it earlier, would definitely came back during the day to hang out.
    Written 12 May 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • wren52681
    Gaithersburg, MD369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arrived at children's pool beach to see the seals. It was about 5:30 when I arrived and when we got there, there were about 20 seals sleeping on the beach. They were so cute, and then some awful human being snuck up on them from the rocks and scared them and they all slid into the water. The beach is closed this time of year because it is pupping season, and they don't want the seals to be bothered. I am lucky I got there when I did because if I had arrived just 5 minutes later, they would have been gone.
    Written 21 January 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • spcover
    Scarsdale, NY52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pleasant way to spend 1-2 hours on a Sunday morning. Came here with our family of five (all adults). Lots of tents with arts and crafts, more tents with food stalls (and good food at that!). It is good if you come when you're hungry. LOL There is also a very big farmers market where you can get fresh and organic fruits and vegetables. My wife and I got some vegetables and tomatoes for dinner. Somehow my son came back having bought a pound of pastrami! It was very good. We ate it for lunch later. His girlfriend ate a gluten free tamale at one of the stands and enjoyed it very much. And my daughter bought a very nice souvenir candle for a friend. All in all a good trip. Would recommend.
    Written 5 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Clarence And G
    San Diego, CA297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We attended for the SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance!!! It was wonderful from start to finish!!!

    We started off again with breakfast at Harry's Coffee Shop, but this time we took a LYFT, there and back. It was much better than trying to find a valet stand close to the entrance!!!

    I walked 3/4 of a mile, seeing all sorts of historic, old valuable automobiles!!! Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Ferraris, Mercedes AND MORE.

    EVEN A CLASSIC BRONCO!!!

    It was a cool, OVERCAST DAY. We got a brief air show, including a COAST GUARD HELICOPTER. We even saw a yacht in the ocean.

    When we left, I needed the assistance of a GOLF CART to get to the top of the hill, and I asked a certain female in charge at the front. SHE TOOK MATTERS IN HAND, and walking up and down found one for me.

    THIS WAS A GODSEND!!!

    For someone who has a disability and a walker, AND MORE GOING ON!!!
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • DiogenesInSD
    San Diego, CA10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great theater that often gets shows right before they head to Broadway. Great opportunity to see them without having to go to NYC! Very friendly staff, too!
    Written 11 April 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • LAF72
    Manassas, Virginia197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This area was beautiful. The tide pools were easily seen. There were no starfish, but had many other things to. Look at. There weren’t any shells when I went, but it was late afternoon. Wear shoes with good treads and be prepared to circle for parking.
    Written 12 August 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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