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The Best Place to Sea Lions: La Jolla Cove

In one of our previous posts, we shared an awesome location for Harbour Seal viewing. But if you really want to get up close to cute pinnipeds, the best place for sea lion viewing is at La Jolla Cove.

Seals, sea lions… What’s the difference?

Sea Lion VS Seals
visible earflaps earholes
bark do not bark
hindflippers more adapted for walking wiggle & scoots on belly on land
long front flippers short front flippers

Both are still wild animals so if you’re thinking of petting one, think again. While there is no barrier at La Jolla Cove, the sea lions are still very wary of humans and will bite. And if that doesn’t deter you, there is a guard tower watching you.

The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove
The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove
Someone has a really bad case of the Mondays.

The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove

The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove
A particularly cranky sea lion and two clueless visitors standing in the way of the sea lions trying to get out of the water.

The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove

The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove
Pelicans at The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove
http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove
The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove
The best place to see sea lions. La Jolla Cove, San Diego, California - http://americanexpeditioners.com/la-jolla-cove

La Jolla Cove Overview

  • Coordinates: 32.8504135,-117.2730107
  • Fees: FREE
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Things to note:
    1. Metered parking or parking garages are nearby. This is a heavily populated area.
  • Pets allowed: No
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