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Children's Pool

Children's Pool
Children's Pool

© Melinda Applegate

The Children's Pool in La Jolla was originally created with a concrete breakwater to be a swimming area for children, but sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall, and seals and sea lions make this beach their home for a majority of the year.

In addition to the beach itself, visitors can hike on the adjacent trails high above the beach next to Coast Boulevard, where they can enjoy a panoramic view of the water and sandstone cliffs. Just offshore is large Seal Rock, a reserve for marine mammals, which provides a close look at wild harbor seals in their natural environment.

Grassy park areas can be found a short distance to the north and south. Several small beaches are nearby including Wipeout Beach to the south and Shell Beach to the north.

This is a popular beach for scuba divers because of the reefs just offshore. However, these same reefs can create very strong currents and other hazards, particularly in high surf conditions.

Beach Information

  • Lifeguard Protection:
  • Lifeguards are staffed daily throughout the year. During summer, lifeguard staffing hours are generally 9:00 a.m. to dusk. At other times of the year, lifeguard staffing may not commence until 10:00 a.m. Always check with lifeguards for any modification of staffing hours.
  • Rip Currents:
  • Most California beaches experience strong rip currents. The safety tips section on the government's website provides an explanation of rip currents and some methods of freeing yourself if caught in a rip current. The best advice is to swim near a lifeguard.
  • Regulated Water Activity Zones:
  • The waters off this beach are reserved for swimming and diving only.
  • Surfing:
  • Surfing is not permitted on this beach.
  • Scuba:
  • This is an excellent beach for scuba diving when surf conditions are low. Telephone the lifeguard beach information line (619-221-8884) before coming to the beach and always check with lifeguards before diving.
  • Restrooms and Showers:
  • A public restroom with showers is located beneath the lifeguard station.
  • Disabled Accessibility:
  • Due to the steep hillside immediately adjacent, the beach is not wheelchair accessible. However, there is an excellent view from the park above. The seawall is wheelchair accessible, but somewhat narrow.
  • Beach Fires:
  • There are no receptacles for beach fires. Open fires are therefore prohibited.
  • Regulations:
  • Standard San Diego beach regulations apply with the following modifications. Please check the government website for a full regulation list.
  • A reminder that marine mammals are fully protected by Federal law.
  • Seals and sea lions are often found on or near the beach at the Children's Pool during fall, winter, and spring. They are wild animals you can watch, but may not disturb.
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