The La Jolla Blues

Updated: Jul 19

La Jolla never disappoints. The winding coastline provides free daily entertainment, close proximity to marine and wildlife, gnarly caves and rock formations. Pristine beaches lure surfers, surf jumpers and children building castles in the sand and splashing in the shallow shore surf. I was lucky that it was a brilliant sunny day that made the water shimmer and sparkle like little diamonds.

Three sides of ocean bluffs, beaches, and a large grassy park area define the coast of La Jolla, a wealthy community in the northwestern part of the city. Each time I go there, I see, hear, smell or do something different. I feel like it is MY playground for refreshing outdoor fun!

On my get-out-of-the-house play afternoon, I was lucky to find a place to park. Some surfers getting ready to leave saw me, waved, gave me a friendly hang loose gesture and made sure I got their spot. Blessings to you guys for an epic ride next time!

La Jolla Cove was my first stop. This underwater ecological reserve is swimmable, and good for snorkeling and diving, depending on the calmness of the surf. The colors of the sea, lapis lazuli, turquoise, aqua, and a dozen other shades of blue, sparkled and were crystal clear all the way to the bottom of the ocean. Rocks and corals, sea plants and marine life that aren't always visible presented themselves. The brilliance was magnetic as I quickly shed my shoes and walked through the caves and got calf-deep in the water. It was a renewing experience for me and I rode that happy content feeling all afternoon.

My next stop was The Children’s Pool, created in 1931 by a protective breakwater wall and walkway. Between Dec. 15th and May 15th the cove is roped off to humans because it is Harbor Seal Pupping Season. The beach area is where the mommas and pups scoot in from the ocean to lounge and learn all things important to being a pinniped. After May 15, visitors may go onto the beach with warnings not to disturb the lazing seals. The long curving concrete sea wall with handrails takes visitors around the perimeter of the cove so that every angle of the cove and ocean can be observed from above. Just watching the animals lay and wiggle and scoot and bark and dive and waddle on and off the rocks on the ocean side is glorious free entertainment!

This day, the surf was relatively calm, but there are times when the waves are big enough to splash over the wall and soak anyone on the wall in ocean spray.

When the tide is right, a small public beach next to the Children's Pool becomes accessible. Low tide invites the curious to get in the water or walk out on the rocks to look for sea creatures. I was lucky to be there at low tide because this beach was a new discovery.

Walking the sidewalk path along the cliffs gives another view of blues, coastline, perching pelicans, gulls and amateur and professional photographers from around the globe. It’s common to hear a variety of languages being spoken intermixed with bird cries, lapping or crashing waves and children’s screams of fun excitement.

Blue is a warm color, a color of calmness. It is the color of the sea and sky. Combined with sunshine, and low swells a La Jolla coast visit is just the ticket for a peaceful and heavenly day.


Maria C. Heberling

San Diego, CA 



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