Overview of Hospital Point

Hospital Point

California South
USA West


If you enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies of rocky channels, this is the place! Because of the rugged nature of this site, however, wait for very calm conditions before trying an entry. Otherwise, you may find out why they call it Hospital Point!

Directions: 0.8 mile South of La Jolla Cove on Coast Blvd. (See driving directions for La Jolla Cove)

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07/18/2004 Chris Groll (Avg: 3.58 Review) - Wow what a site! I dove this yesterday just for the sheer fact that I could not find parking anywhere else in La Jolla. I did dive at low tide and, since the surf was very low, it was quite manageable for anyone with experience. I have dove Shell Beach just north of here several times for lobster but wow did we find some nice big ones here. There are so many little nooks and crannies for them to hang out in. Some are unreachable but there are also a lot of areas that are easy captures that I would have even been able to accomplish in daylight. The options to explore this site are innumerous. I can not wait for Lobster season. Lots of garibaldi in the area and eel grass. If doing a night dive I would definitely do it on high tide. The entry could be tricky because of the large rocks all the way up and down. I found the best entry in front of 417 Coast Blvd where a channel in the rocks exists and you can walk out 10ft and don your fins. I highly recommend this site.

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 Map     Sat
GPS: CS1901


Parking at Hospital Point 

Cruise Coast Blvd for awhile until someone pulls out, or drop off your gear and head further South for parking.

Trail Head

 Map     Sat
GPS: CS1902


Trail Head at Hospital Point 

This is an easy path from the street.




Overview at Hospital Point 

There are no facilities here-- just plain, old fashion beach.


 Map     Sat
GPS: CS1904


Entry at Hospital Point 

On a calm day such as this, pick any entry.




aerial at Hospital Point 
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To make your entry and exit a little more forgiving, plan to dive on high tide.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Hospital Point  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.00
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.00
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  2.00
Solitude 4.00
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.58

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.00
Beginner Scuba:  1.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.00
Night diving Scuba:  5.00

Number of reviews for this site: 1


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