Also known as the Casa, the Children’s Pool is a small beach partially protected by a sea wall. The original intention here was to create a fully protected swimming area, although sand has now filled in much of the area that exists to the inside of the wall.
This is a very beautiful beach, offering several panoramic views. Almost all year long, seals and sea lions are present on or near the beach, with a reserve for these marine mammals, known as Seal Rock being just a bit offshore.
The Children’s Pool is within a short walking distance of the commercial area of the community of La Jolla. You can find grassy park areas a short distance to the north and south. Several small beaches are nearby as well, including Wipeout Beach to the south and Shell Beach to the north.
Children’s Pool is also a popular beach for scuba divers because of the reefs just offshore. These very same reefs can help create very strong currents and other hazards, especially in high surf conditions.
Lifeguards are staffed daily throughout the year. In the summer, lifeguard hours are normally 9 AM until dark. During other times of the year, lifeguards may not begin duty until 10 AM.
From the north, take I-5 to La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. At the signalized intersection, turn left onto Torrey Pines Road. Follow this road to Prospect Street and turn right. Be on the lookout for signs and bear right onto Coast Boulevard.
From the south, take I-5 north to La Jolla Parkway. Continue following it as it will become Torrey Pines Road. Follow this road to Prospect Street and take a right. Watch for the signs then take a right on Coast Boulevard.
At La Jolla Cove, there is a very limited amount of on street parking. Onstreet parking can be very hard to find, especially in the summer. It’s limited to three hours at a time on weekdays, although there is no limit on weekends.
You should always check the signs for any types of parking restrictions. Paid parking is also available in downtown La Jolla at several locations and it’s also a short walk from the beach.
For a great day of fun, scuba diving, or just enjoying the water, the Children’s Pool in La Jolla is a great place to go. You should always try to get here early, as it can get very crowded in the summer. Once you get here, you’ll find yourself completely amazed with what the Pool will offer you and your family.