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Seals and Sea Lions in San Diego

La Jolla is the best place to see seals and sea lions in San Diego

Seals and Sea Lions
Seals and Sea Lions
Seals and Sea Lions

La Jolla Coast and Cove is the place where you can observe amazing sea creatures living their life in their own habitat. You can watch them from land, from a boat, or go diving and snorkelling near them.

One of the best areas to watch seals from land is Children’s Pool. Originally, the sea wall was built there, and it was meant to be an actual man-made children’s pool. However, something didn't go as planned and the seals have taken over. It's possible to walk on the sea wall, and it definitely helps to see seals up close. Seals are used to people, and they don't seem to show interest, but still one has to be respectful to wild animals.

After the Children’s Pool, you can walk around the scenic La Jolla coastline and watch sea lions on rocks. If you’d like to see La Jolla seals and sea lions from the water, rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

La Jolla Cove is open to the public all year, and San Diego seal tours are on offer all year as well. However, the Children’s Pool is closed from December 15 to May 15 to protect newborn seal pups.

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When is the ideal time to witness the seals and sea lions in La Jolla?

La Jolla can be explored any time of the year, but visiting from mid-May to mid-December is the best time to see seals and sea lions. Children's Pool Beach is the perfect location during these months. From mid-December to mid-May, it's closed to the public to safeguard the newborn seal pups. Show more

Which is the most recommended place to see the sea lions and seals in San Diego?

If you want to see the sea lions and seals in San Diego, the best place is La Jolla. You can spot these lovely creatures either from the boats, the land, or underwater by snorkelling or diving. A stroll around La Jolla's coast is an ideal opportunity to observe the sea lions relaxing on the rocks. Children's Pool Beach is mostly preferred for experiencing seals. Show more

What are the means to observe seals in close vicinity?

To watch the seals up close, the ideal location would be the Children's Pool Beach. Stand-up paddleboard or kayak rentals are available to view them from the water. Remember to keep a respectful distance and do not try to touch or feed the seals. It is recommended to maintain a safe distance and enjoy the interaction with the wildlife. Show more

Are the seals and sea lions at Children's Pool Beach familiar with human interaction?

Even though the seals at Children's Pool Beach are familiar with human interaction, it is still essential to respect the wild animals' privacy. Under no circumstances should visitors attempt to touch or feed them. While it is safe to observe them, it is advisable to do so from a safe distance. Ethically and sustainably amicable interactions with wildlife is of paramount importance. Show more

Do restrictions apply for visitors to explore the seals and sea lions in La Jolla?

You can visit La Jolla Cove all year, and the San Diego Seal Tours are available throughout the year, too. From December 15 to May 15, the Children's pool is closed to protect the seal pups from the public. If you plan on exploring Children's Pool Beach, it is suggested to visit between mid-May to mid-December when the area is open to visitors. Show more

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