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La Jolla Cove

Not far from downtown La Jolla — an upscale hamlet of hotels, boutiques, and galleries — lies La Jolla Cove, a swimming and diving paradise. This tiny beach nook, part of the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, is sheltered by picturesque cliffs and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean in an intimate setting.

La Jolla Cove has some of the clearest water of all San Diego beaches, making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. The gentle lapping waves of La Jolla Cove also make for an enjoyable day of sunbathing, picnicking, or reading a book.

Just above La Jolla Cove is Scripps Park, a great place for romping and picnicking while taking in the majestic Pacific Ocean.

Windansea Beach

Down the hill, past La Jolla’s ritzy homes, hotels, boutiques and restaurants, lies Windansea Beach, flanked by surfers and sunbathers on hot summer days. With its sandstone cliffs, sandy beach, and incredible surf breaks, Windansea has been a popular surfing haunt as far back as the 1940s and a gathering spot of the Windansea Surf Club since the 1960s.

The shack on the beach, built by surfers during World War II, is now a San Diego Historic site. Windansea Beach is also a great body surfing and snorkeling area. The north end of the beach is fairly rocky and the south is sandier--good for a nice walk along the water’s edge. You can also enjoy a picnic in the grass next to the beach and take in the awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean.

Torry Pines Beach Black's Beach

Beautiful sandstone cliffs rise 300 magnificent feet from the Pacific Ocean to greet miles of walking paths along the bluffs at Torrey Pines State Beach. Hiking trails take visitors through the reserve among the Torrey pines (one of the rarest varieties of pine in the world), wildflowers, and other plants and animals with panoramic views of the ocean.

These trails wind down to a 4.5-mile stretch of beach that is uncrowded and ideal for swimming, walking, or picnicking. Be sure to visit the museum and visitor center (built in 1923) on top of the reserve at Torrey Pines.

La Jolla Shores

Think palm trees next to the Pacific, green lawns dotting hillsides, and bougainvillea blossoms — pink, white, and orange — complementing the Spanish-style architecture of some of the most expensive real estate in all of California. La Jolla Shores, home to world-class resorts such as the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, is 1 mile of shoreline with parks and picnic areas. It also features a boardwalk that spans a length of the beach and is great for walking, jogging, bicycling, or rollerblading. La Jolla Shores attracts travelers from the nearby La Jolla hotels as well as locals year-round for the swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and some of the most picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean.

La Jolla Shores is a short distance from downtown La Jolla, the Beverly Hills of San Diego, which boasts high-end clothiers, hotels, shops, and galleries. The sheer beauty and flat expanse of La Jolla Shores makes it ideal for strolling, picnicking, or tossing a Frisbee while enjoying the waves breaking on the beach. La Jolla Shores is also rich with marine life, which is protected by the San Diego La Jolla Ecological Reserve. People scuba dive and kayak at the south end of the beach.

Children's Pool

Children's Beach, affectionately known as "Casa Beach" by the locals, is a small cove beach created years ago for the children of La Jolla and visitors to experience the beach in an enclosed section within the La Jolla cliffs. What became a safe-haven for children also became a natural attraction to seals and seal lions that frollick in La Jolla Bay. Seals and seal lions come here to rest, sunbathe and even have pups.

Public controversy set-in. Some people felt the seals should be displaced, while others maintained the beach should exclusively become a preserved spot for seals and that swimming and typical beach recreation activities should be prohibited. The controversy often becomes verbally heated between animal rights activists and beach-goers.

Marine Street Beach in La Jolla

Although one of the prettiest beaches in the San Diego area, Marine Beach is not a family-oriented beach. It is popular with local body surfers and body boarders because of its wicked shore-break that delivers an adventurous ride. Inexperienced body surfers are advised to be very careful dealing with the rough waves.

With its gorgeous white sand, spectacular views and relative privacy, Marine Beach makes for perfect sunbathing. However, there are no public restrooms or picnic spots and the rough surf is not safe for children. Lifeguards are at the beach during the summer months and some peak weekends during the spring and fall.

La Jolla Beaches Map


Windansea Beach
Black's Beach
La Jolla Cove
Marine Street
La Jolla Shores
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