Alexis in California PT 5: Snorkeling at La Jolla

There’s something about the ocean that inspires peace of mind. This is true whether you’re a surfer, a snorkeler, or a casual observer.

So what happens when you spend almost your entire life living on an island, and then find yourself in a land-locked city? Why, you run off to California, of course!

On our last day in San Diego, California; Ericson, Tristan, and I had two main goals. We planned to hike Annies Canyon, and we planed to go snorkeling at La Jolla.


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Apparently, all beach adventures begin with finding parking space in California, because just like our Torrey Pines trip, we spent at least 15 to 20 minutes just looking for a place to park.

Free parking by the beach, and parking lots close by, fill up quickly. Because of this, parking lots facing the beach charged as much as $15 per hour! Luckily, we were able to find parking a block away at $15 for the day.

Beach Buddies

Almost as soon as we set our things down, we found an unexpected sunbather, soaking up the sun.

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However, everyone else seemed to be ignoring the sleepy sea lion, so we resolved to do the same. When he opened his mouth to yawn, and we saw his bloody teeth, we were quite happy that we had done so.

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Snorkeling Time

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With one failed snorkeling attempt under my belt, I could barely wait to see what La Jolla was working with. But after all the rave reviews, I was a little disappointed.

I was happy to be in the water again, and to be snorkeling for the first time in two years. But La Jolla has nothing on the Caribbean. Our waters are warmer, clearer, bluer, and less “polluted” by seaweed.

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I didn’t take any underwater pictures, but I found two on Instagram, that basically sum up the underwater experience:

California's fish! #garibaldi #lajollasnorkeling #lajollacove

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Just to give some perspective, here are two other pictures from Instagram. These, however, are of snorkeling spots in Jamaica. Notice a difference?

#beach #sea #Caribbean #Hedonism #summer #vacation #roadtrip

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Snorkeling in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

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Time to Go

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It may not have measured up to my Caribbean standards, but I had fun at La Jolla. After about two hours though, we had worked up quite an appetite, and left to hunt for food.

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Eating Out

We had lunch at Karl Strauss Beer in La Jolla. It’s a nice little bar and restaurant a few blocks away from the beach. They had specialty beers, good wine, and great food.

After lunch, we headed back to the house to get some rest. I left for Atlanta, GA the following morning, while the guys stayed on for another day or two.

Needless to say, Shadow was very happy to have me back with him. Too bad I’ll be leaving him again in the fall to witness the leaf-turnings in New England. 

I’m an autumn baby, so naturally it’s one of my favourite seasons. What’s your favourite season, and where do you plan to spend it? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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34 Comments Add yours

    1. Thanks for sharing my trip to Cali!


  1. MissKymmiee says:

    Soooo Beautiful ❤️

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    1. Thank you, it was. 😊


  2. I love Autumn (Fall) best of all and we are lucky to get a good one here in Michigan. So we will be leaf peeping as I believe it is called. I do miss the English spring though, with the progression from snowdrops to crocuses to daffodils. It’s a little “switch snow off/switch summer on” here. 🙂

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    1. Who wouldn’t miss England with all this madness going on here? 😂 Haha. I hear Michigan is pretty awesome though.

      What makes autumn your favourite season? For me, spring really rivals autumn even in the US. I would have a hard time picking one. In Georgia the colours are really beautiful.

      Check out the spring pictures here:


  3. Looks lovely! (so does the sea lion in a kind of “stay 100 metres away” way! I’ve bought the Lonely Planet guide to the Caribbean today, so I can dream… and hopefully plan! 🙂

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    1. I couldn’t believe there was a sea lion just casually laying there! I definitely wouldn’t want to get too close to one. They look much scarier in person than on TV.

      If you decide to go, I hope you pick Jamaica. I have plenty of recommendations! And of course, we can help with the booking. 😊

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  4. It looks like a great trip Alexis and a great counterpoint to your hike through the canyons. Autumn is my favourite season – I love the trees, the weather, the introspection of the season.

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    1. Thank you. It really was. I haven’t enjoyed another state the way I enjoyed my visit to California.

      Where do you usually spend your autumn? The downside of autumn for me is those years when it rains much too often.


      1. I spend it in the north east of the UK where we have lovely autumn colours and atmospheric mists from the sea.

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      2. That does sound lovely! The sea especially is a win-win for me.

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  5. cindy knoke says:

    My hometown. Born and raised in La Jolla. Love your photos~

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! Is La Jolla no longer your home?


    1. Thanks for sharing my trip to California!

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      1. Thank you very much for this information, and have a great weekend ahead. 😉 Michael

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      2. You’re welcome!


  6. Elizabeth says:

    Years ago when we were in La Jolla, that beach was closed and just had the seals on it. We head off for central Maine in a week. Looking forward to seeing you when you get to New Hampshire.

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    1. I wonder why it was closed… maybe it was reserved for the seals back then.

      Enjoy your trip to Maine! I’m looking forward to seeing you, as well. 🙂

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  7. We too love snorkelling and scuba diving: it’s like entering a magical world. It is so thrilling when the fish follow you! I’ve noticed lots of people seem to have a new kind of goggles and tube, more like a mask that covers your whole face. Must get some soon.

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    1. That’s great! Where do you usually go snorkeling and diving? I hear it’s beautiful in southern Europe.

      I haven’t seen those masks before! That must be new. Sounds safer too. 🤔

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      1. The Mediterranean is great for snorkelling, as it is usually calm. We also did a spot of scuba diving in Greece about 10 years ago. We are in Palamós, north east Spain, in La Costa Brava, Catalunia. It is here where my journey began in the summer of 1984 when I came to work as a waitress to save money to go and study in England. Where did the time go? More snorkelling this afternoon!

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      2. More snorkeling this afternoon? So jealous! Do you ever take any underwater pictures? I would love to see them!

        I really want to go to Spain, but I also know my life will never be the same again after setting foot there.

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      3. Unfortunately, I do not have an underwater camera. I know you can buy one-use cameras, as we did when we went to Australia, but I haven’t bothered recently.
        You must come to Spain: every region is different, beautiful and unique in its own way. Take your pick!


      4. When I come to Spain, 1 of 2 things will happen. I either won’t ever go back home, or I’ll go home and never be happy again. I know this for a fact haha.

        I don’t have an underwater camera, either. I was going to buy one, but then I ended up staying in Atlanta, Georgia. That would have been a waste, since there is nowhere to snorkel here really.


      5. All in good time. One of the reasons why we are travelling for a whole year is that every time we had to go back to England at the end of the summer holidays, we felt totally miserable and wished we could stay in Europe mainland. Do come over whenever is right for you.

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      6. Then you understand my dilemma perfectly. My plan is to be in Spain by my 30s.


      7. Well, like Captain Picard from Star Trek would say, “make it so”. 👍


  8. Now you understand why I don’t like to go swimming up here in CA 😉 Imagine what it’s like when you live in an area that rarely breaks 75º Fahrenheit! I do enjoy spending time on the coast though, looking at the water.

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    1. Haha. I understand why everyone wears a wetsuit. I never got the point of one before now. It’s unreal how cold the water gets when the sun is glaring overhead. But like you said, sometimes it’s just good to look. 😊

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      1. It takes a lot of energy to heat up water, and the more water there is the more energy is required. And there is A LOT of water in the Pacific ocean!

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      2. That’s true. I suppose it’s a good contrast to the heat .

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