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San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve

La Jolla

Look for the white buoys offshore from Point La Jolla north to Scripps Pier that mark this protected zone that's home to a variety of marine life, kelp forests, reefs and canyons. It's hugely popular with divers and snorkelers. Waves have carved seven caves into the sandstone cliffs between La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby La Jolla attractions

1. Cave Store

0.63 MILES

Waves have carved a series of caves into the sandstone cliffs east of La Jolla Cove. The one below the Cave Store, a shop selling vintage curios, is 200…

2. Athenaeum

0.92 MILES

Housed in a graceful Spanish renaissance structure, this space is devoted exclusively to art and music. Its reading room is a lovely place to relax and…

3. Birch Aquarium at Scripps

1.01 MILES

This state-of-the-art aquarium is a wonderous underwater world home to 5000 fish. Visitors can watch sharks dart, kelp forests sway, and even meet a…

4. Children's Pool


Built in the 1930s behind a wave-cutting seawall, La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was created as a family beach but has since been invaded by herds of seals…

5. La Jolla Historical Society

1.11 MILES

This place has vintage photos and beach memorabilia, plus regular exhibitions from classic cars to architecture.

7. La Jolla Recreation Center

1.26 MILES

Commissioned by Ellen Browning Scripps and designed by famous San Diego architect Irving Gill, this notable building dates to 1915. The center has…

8. Bishop’s School

1.37 MILES

Although not open to the public, campus buildings (visible from the street) date back to 1898 and are a good example of early architecture in the area. If…