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Children's Pool Beach

Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, CA
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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Amanda
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    5 Mar 21, 2014

    Great place to view seals n their pups. When they're not taking over, fantastic place for young kids.

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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Lua Naquin
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    I haven't been here in a while, but I remember it being a great place to spend an afternoon. :) The seals, birds, water and lovely La Jolla make it a great place to bring family.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Barbara Kossy
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    4 Sep 13, 2013

    Though swimming is now discouraged at the beach, it's a great place to take kids so they can get a look at the resident harbor seals. At low tide you can do some tide-pooling west of the sea wall.

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    Kat
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    5 Jul 10, 2013

    Nice area for the little ones to go in the water. Lots of tourists. Be patient with parking... It's worth it...

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    Alice Ly
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    5 Jun 18, 2013

    Visited for the first time and it was so much fun! The seals are adorable and it was great to see them in their natural environment.

    It was pretty "fishy" smelling but you'll ignore it when you see seal heads pop up from the waters or watch the plump ones sunbathe :)

    Can't wait to visit again!

    (Parking can be a pain though, but that's with any beach parking. Be patient!)

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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Nancy W
    4 May 09, 2013

    Children's Pool Beach in laJolla has been adopted by the seals. You can't go near them, but you can walk out along the sea wall and watch them.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Libby S
    4 May 07, 2013

    Head down to La Jolla, walk along the cove and check out the baby seals that now reside in the Children's Pool!

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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Maggie Langeness
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    5 Apr 05, 2013

    Great place to come when in la Jolla, walk out on the way and check out a view of the sea lions. Watch out for the smell! Parking anytime any day will be awful! Careful when it says two hour parking they mean it! Enjoy lunch in a bench here as well

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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Olivier Pasco
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    3 Feb 19, 2013

    This is where the fight between the seals and the beach goers goes on for ever. Right now the seals are back. But for how long...

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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Matteo
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    4 Jan 27, 2013

    It is really full of seals and tourists, it may look like a kind of a seal show but the natural small and protected beach is a must sea.

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  • Children's Pool Beach
    John Ewalt
    3 Dec 24, 2012

    This was a fairly nice little area on the coast. There were a number of medium and large rocks that made tide-pooling an interesting and effective endeavor. It is right next to a number of hotels and motels, so it is generally busy when the weather is warm enough.

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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Jeffrey Lehmann
    5 Nov 11, 2012

    This is one of the most unique places on the planet, where sunbathers of both the human and the Harbor Seal kind share the same relatively small beach. This small beach is formed by a manmade barrier wall that juts out into the ocean. You can walk the top of the wall and enjoy some scenic views of the ocean. Be careful walking on this barrier wall during high surf and high tide. Waves will and do crash over it. Not so bad if you are in a bathing suit wanting to cool down on a hot summer's day, but a nightmare if it's the middle of the winter or you have a camera and/or cell phone with you. It is against the law to approach the Harbor Seals, but you will get fairly close to them just by being on the beach. There is a lifeguard station right at Children's Pool and there are people and security lines usually set-up delineating how close you can come to the seals. Although you can snorkel here, the currents are strong. So, you should be a strong swimmer. It is probably better to just check out the seals and save your swim and snorkel time for the nearby La Jolla Cove, an easy 5 minute walk along the top of some very scenic sea cliffs.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Sarah Speers
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    You're more likely to find sea lions swimming in sun tanning (well, sleeping actually) at this small beach than children. Come around sunset and observe in awe these wondrous creatures as they go about their lives uninterrupted in nature. Just don't get too close, I hear they bite.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Children's Pool Beach
    Stephen P
    5 Sep 09, 2013

    Now a seal refuge. It is a ten minute walk from the Sea Dahlia.

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    Todd Waldorf
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    3 Sep 02, 2013
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    5 Aug 02, 2013
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    5 Jul 19, 2013
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    5 Jun 03, 2013
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    5 May 30, 2013
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    Lori K
    5 Apr 25, 2013

    Check out the resident seals while you are in town!

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4.5 out of 5
29 member's reviews
134 people visited Children's Pool Beach

Description

This manmade cove, partially protected by a seawall, was originally built to provide children with a safe place to swim – but the seals and sea lions in the vicinity had a different idea. Sand eventually filled in much of the cove, and seals and sea lions can be seen sunbathing here, or on the nearby reserve called Seal Rock. The beach is popular for scuba divers because of the reefs offshore. ... read more
Other beaches are nearby, such as Wipeout Beach and Shell Beach. Nearby, the La Jolla Cove is good for peering into tide pools.

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