La Jolla Cove doesn’t offer an actual beach, but just down the road, you’ll find a small stretch of sand at La Jolla Shores. The beach is perfect for families; in fact, most beach-goers have kids in tow, though experienced scuba divers and kayakers frequent the area, too. Outlets for water sports rentals are available nearby, as are restrooms, showers and changing facilities. Lifeguards are on duty year-round, 9 a.m. to dusk.
Like many attractions in La Jolla, parking is an issue — prepare to find a spot far away from the beach (especially on weekends), or leave your car at the hotel if possible.