These Are 7 of the Most Beautiful La Jolla Beaches

These Are 7 of the Most Beautiful La Jolla Beaches

Containing both sandy and rocky shores, visitors to La Jolla are sure to be amazed by the many unique and memorable beaches of the area.

Known as “The Jewel”, La Jolla is enclosed on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches and is located along seven miles of pristine Pacific Ocean coastline. Containing both sandy and rocky shores, visitors to La Jolla are sure to be amazed by the many unique and memorable beaches of the area. Some of those remarkable beaches are listed below.

1. La Jolla Cove

La Jolla cove is a quiet beach notable for its underwater sea fauna. As an ecological reserve, the plentiful amount of marine life there enjoys a protected status, which also attracts snorkelers, swimmers, researchers and scuba divers to the cove. The beautiful and bright orange Garibaldi fish is in particular a draw as it is more common there than any other place in the world. The cove’s designation as a marine refuge also prevents any fishing and prohibits the use of kayaks, surfboards or other man-made devices. During low tide, there are many tide pools to (carefully) explore and those who work up an appetite can choose to picnic up at Scripps Park on the bluffs.

La Jolla Cove
1100 Coast Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037

2. La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores is a one-mile stretch of sun soaked sand and gentle waves (in fact during the summer the waves are typically the most calm out of all the San Diego beaches). The beach’s placid waves and soft sand, along with a playground, year round lifeguard station, picnic area and restroom/shower facility make it one of the best beaches in the area for families. Guided kayak tours are also offered from around La Jolla Shores, as it is the only authorized boat launch in the area.

La Jolla Shores
8302 Camino Del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. Marine Street Beach

The Marine Street Beach is considered a hidden gem as many people miss it due to the main road dipping away from the coast. The beach is known for both its soft white sand and rough waves. The beach rests between two rock reef points, “Little Point” to the south and “Horseshoe” to the north. A visitor can enjoy its quiet and private (as compared to other beaches) ambiance or watch local experienced surfers try to tame its forceful waves.

Marine Street Beach
200 Marine Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. Windansea Beach

Windansea Beach with its rocky shore is acknowledged both for its surf breaks created by underwater reefs and its lovely scenery. A palm-covered shack built in 1940s that dots the beach has been designated as an historical landmark. A popular place for surfers, the Windansea Surf Club has been meeting there since the 1960s. Tom Wolfe wrote about Windansea and its famed surfers in essays and stories about various aspects of the counterculture of the 60s decade. Windansea is also a common place for sunbathers, as dividing sandstone rocks offer a sheltered place to lounge.

Windansea Beach
6800 Neptune Place
La Jolla, CA 92039

5. Children’s Pool

Children's Pool is a cove that was originally built with a concrete breakwater wall to create a safe swimming area for children (thus giving the beach its name). As time passed, however, sand has filled in much of the area inside the wall and the area became popular with seals and sea lions who beach themselves on the sand with their young. Now a protected seal sanctuary, the pool is lovely spot to enjoy close views of wild marine mammals and the Pacific Ocean from the concrete breakwater or walkways above the beach.

The Children’s Pool
850 Coast Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037

6. Black’s Beach

One of La Jolla’s most secretive and notorious beaches, Black’s Beach is known for its history as a nude beach. Lying north of La Jolla Shores, Black's is a local favorite for those seeking privacy and a laid-back environment. The southern portion of the beach is currently jointly owned by the City of San Diego and the State of California while the northern part is owned by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The part of the beach owned by the city is, at least officially, no longer a nude beach. The beach can be tough to access due to its isolated location beneath the Torrey Pines bluffs. During low tide the beach can be accessed by either a three-mile walk north from La Jolla Shores or a two-mile hike south from the parking lot at the base of Torrey Pines State Reserve. High tide options include a trail starting from the Torrey Pines Glider Port parking lot (the cliffs can be unstable so proceed at your own risk and always stay on the designated trail) or various trails that runs from the top of the mesa to the beach in Torrey Pines State Park. Visitors are warned to avoid setting up beach sites too close to the cliffs as landslides can occur.

Black’s Beach
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

7. Torrey Pines State Beach

A beautiful beach adjacent to Torrey Pines State Reserve, Torrey Pines has both spectacular views of the ocean as well as spectacular views of the natural wildlife. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of the last salt marshes and waterfowl refuges in the California area. The reserve is also home to the rare Torrey pine tree. The Beach Trail at the reserve takes you to Torrey Pines State Beach where you can reward yourself after your hike with a picnic or taking a dip in the ocean.

Torrey Pines State Beach
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
San Diego, CA 92037

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