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Travel: Four California beaches ranked as the Top 25 beaches in the U.S.

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Visiting beaches is our favorite travel activity. So we were very interested to see who ranked in the top beaches in the U.S.

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Every year TripAdvisor readers vote on their favorite travel experiences worldwide in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards. They vote on their favorite hotels, travel experiences, national parks, travel attractions, and more. Additionally, each category includes regional listings. Not surprisingly to residents, California starred in many of the categories.

This story is part of a travel series on the top beaches in the U.S., as ranked by travelers. Read the other three travel stories now, to find out all four California beaches that were voted the best by TripAdvisor travelers.

This beach in San Diego, California, is one of the top beaches in the United States.

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This Los Angeles, California beach has been voted one of the top beaches in the United States.

La Jolla Cove, California

San Diego residents will not be surprised to see that La Jolla Cove is in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards Top 25 beaches in the United States.

Ranking in at No. 14 out of the 25 top beaches, this gorgeous cove in San Diego features calm water, making it an ideal spot for swimming.

Things to do in La Jolla Cove, California

The walking trail along the coast offers some of the most remarkable ocean and wildlife views. The abundant wildlife includes pelicans, cormorants, and sea birds. But the highlight is the seals and sea lions. The California sea lions can be found in the area and on the bluff.

At La Jolla's Children's Pool, a short walk from La Jolla Cove, you will find hundreds of seals. You can watch them lazing and swimming from the plaza above the cove.

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Other travel highlights include the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park. This marine reserve offers a variety of marine life, reefs, and caverns. Snorkelers and divers love La Jolla for this reason.

There's so much to see in San Diego's La Jolla. You could spend a few days exploring the beaches, trails, and restaurants.

This is one of the best reasons to visit La Jolla - the most stunning cliffs and breathtaking ocean as far as the eye can see. One of the best views in all of Southern California - don't miss it! - Dorothy S, TripAdvisor, 2020.

Eat at George's at the Cove. Featuring dramatic ocean views and an ocean terrace, this restaurant offers California modern cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. The Ocean Terrace is ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America by OpenTable. We would travel to San Diego just to visit this restaurant.

Visit Scripps Pier, one of the world's largest working piers.

Stay at The Shoal La Jolla Beach. They offer great rates in a fantastic location and some of the best sunsets on the California coast. But take your pick from over 228 Holiday Rentals listed on TripAdvisor.

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If you're visiting San Diego / La Jolla, then this is THE place to stay. You'll want to be touring around or on the beach (one of the best beaches in SoCal is three minutes walk from The Shoal) and have comfortable bed to come back to. The whole place has been refurbished, and it's great value for money. - DavidG-Ldn, TripAdvisor, April 2021.

A note on sustainability and over-tourism

While we all love to travel to the favorite places of other travelers, keep in mind that there are many incredible beaches in your area for you to travel to.

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Do you have a favorite beach to recommend to us? Please kindly share in the comments.

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