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About Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla, California

Children’s Pool Beach, aka Casa Beach, is a small beach with a curved protective wall holding back the rough waves along the La Jolla shore. This wall was built in the 1930’s to create a safe swimming beach for kids and families.

A couple things have happened since then to make this an undesirable swimming spot. The cove has filled in with sand and seals have made it their home, especially during the pup birthing season (Dec-Mar). Seals aren’t always friendly or sanitary either — the water here has tested high for coliform bacteria at times. Still it’s a great sight to see the animals.

The best observation points are 1) from the park at Coast Boulevard and Jenner Street, 2) from the breakwater wall, and 3) from the beach itself (the public is allowed on the sand except December 15 thru May 15).

When the water is clear and warm (summer), humans will take over the beach and the lifeguards will be on watch. Check in with the lifeguard station before entering the water as they are always on staff and know the water conditions. This is a popular scuba diving area so you might see divers heading out to nearby reefs.

Parking for Children’s Pool can be found nearby along Coast Boulevard.

There is a more normal beach next to Children’s Pool called South Casa that is open to the public and is more often seal-free, but it’s not that safe for swimming. La Jolla Shores is the best family beach nearby.

Coast Blvd and Jenner St
La Jolla, CA 92037
Other Names
Casa Beach, Childrens beach
City Beach
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free street parking
Wildlife Watching, Tidepooling, Scuba Diving
Ocean Wall And Walkway, Restrooms, Showers, Benches, Lifeguard
La Jolla, US
3:43 pm, March 25, 2023
temperature icon 61°F
L: 52° H: 61°
Feels like 60.17 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 6 m/s
UV Index: 2.85
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:46 am
Sunset: 7:03 pm
Humidity 65 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 6 m/s

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