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La Jolla: The Jewel of San Diego

Author by: Calvin Hollingsworth


La Jolla holds a special place in my heart. It helped me to see the beauty in life. At one point, I was going through some mental health struggles where I lost motivation to do much of anything. During this time, I was working the graveyard shift and wasn’t making much money and I felt like my life was fading away since I felt I wasn’t getting ahead in my life and had no energy. So, I decided to do something about it and bought my youngest brother and myself 2 GoPro cameras to add some excitement to my mundane life. Going on random adventures with my brother with my GoPro in hand gave me some purpose in my life and some never-to-forget moments and make memories with the people I love.



We went to La Jolla Cove with my brother to test out our new cameras, since my brother and I loved going to the beach. During that time, snorkeling became one of my new favorite recreational hobbies. It felt like we would go snorkel in La Jolla several times a month during the summer and bring our friends to come share experiences with us. As soon as we came home, we would check out our video footage and create short videos to share with our family and friends. These are simple memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.



For me, snorkeling is therapeutic. There is nothing like it being in nature. It is like being a fly on the wall while you witness the hustle and bustle of the animals around you. What is epic about La Jolla, especially the cove, is there is so much marine life everywhere. There were countless seals and sea lions, a wide variety of fish, and even on rare occasions, leopard sharks which makes your snorkel adventure an absolute blast! Checking out the tide pools is also great fun too. You never know what you will find at the pools. Sometimes, you will see loads of sea anemones or even sea slugs on occasion. Its so much fun especially when you have children since it’s a fairly safe activity when the tides are low.


The town of La Jolla is a wonderful place to visit with a plethora of nearby shops, small art museums, and delicious selections of restaurants and cafes. The parks here are unique because there are bizarre-looking trees everywhere that remind me of trees that look like they would fit perfectly in a Dr. Suess book. There are plenty of rental shops for snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and biking which is convenient for those who are visiting or don’t have the right gear. Like most of San Diego, La Jolla is a fun spot to explore year-round which helps with it’s mostly mild weather. So, go rent some snorkel gear, bring a family member or friend, and go check out San Diego’s  La Jolla Cove. There is never a dull moment visiting this area of San Diego. Adventure awaits and you won’t be disappointed!