LaJolla Children’s Pool/Beach
Children’s Pool is a neat little beach in a cove protected by
breakwater. It was originally made in the early 1900’s for children to be able to
swim in a safer area. However, over the years the seals have noticed what a nice, protected area it is
and have started hanging out and having babies there!
We took a walk out onto the breakwater to take pictures of the area and the seals. It was
absolutely beautiful. We even got splashed as the waves were breaking against the wall, which, of
course, the kids loved! It was really neat to see the seals up close in
nature. We were able to observe them at a safe distance from both the breakwater and the
There seems to be a huge controversy over whether the seals or the humans
should have the beach to themselves. Personally, I think it can be shared. But, after doing
some research, I did learn that the water is unsafe for swimming due to the fact that the seals use the area
as their personal bathroom. We did see some people swimming, but I didn’t see any reason to
risk it. I also don’t see any reason to disturb the seals or endanger myself or my kids (seals do bite), and
there are plenty of beaches for swimming in San Diego. We were there to enjoy the view and see the
This is a great place to see seals up close and observe their natural behaviors!
Check it out if you are near LaJolla!
From the north, take I-5 to La Jolla Village Drive west. Turn left
on Torrey Pines Road. Turn right at Prospect Street, bearing right on Coast Boulevard. From the south, take
I-5 north to Ardath Road and stay on this road until it turns into Torrey Pines Road. Take Torrey Pines Road
to Prospect Street and turn right. Veer right on Coast Boulevard.
The parking is fairly difficult because there are limited street spots and only a few tiny lots. Be
patient and keep circling and you will snag a spot! I wouldn’t recommend bringing an RV or large trailer, since
the chances of finding a spot are slim and the streets are tight. We took our big van though, and found a spot