La Jolla Beach Spotlight: La Jolla Shores

La Jolla is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in San Diego. Ten to be exact. We will guide you through all ten as we explore one La Jolla beach each week. First up is La Jolla Shores.

My memory of The Shores goes back only to high school. Being from East County, exploring the beauty of La Jolla didn’t happen until we were graced with drivers licenses, a teaspoon of freedom, and an itch to explore. And so we stumbled upon La Jolla Shores.


A mile long stretch of beach located just north of the Cove and encompasses Scripps Pier. The Shores attracts families and friends all year round and there is no end to the amount of activities that can be enjoyed here:

  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Sand Castle building
  • Picnics or BBQs
  • Bonfires
  • Playground play
  • Swings
  • Sun bathing
  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Football

SEE ALSO: Enjoying A Bonfire At La Jolla Shores.


La Jolla Shores

If you seek a beach with the right amenities, La Jolla Shores will exceed all expectations. This beach is equipped with on sight restrooms and showers at Kellog Park. A playground that encompasses a swing set and jungle gym is located near the restrooms. The grass stretches almost the length of the beach only being separated by a parking lot (Free to beach goers) in between. There is also parking in the residential neighborhoods. Picnic tables are dispersed throughout the grassy area. A few bonfire pits are also located on the sand. Lifeguards are on duty everyday from nine in the morning until dusk.

Into the Night

La Jolla Shores

The fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Those who were at the beach early enough to snag a bonfire pit can enjoy s’mores and good company on cool summer nights. La Jolla Shores is the perfect beach to sit on the sand or maybe even a swing and take in the night atmosphere. If you see lights underneath the water as you watch the waves roll in, you might think there is some extra terrestrial phenomenon happening.  Wait a bit longer and you will see late night scuba divers emerging from the waters.

A Year-Round Love Affair

La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores is not just a summertime affair. Aside from some cold ocean water, the weather is perfect during any season. You will always catch surfers bearing the cold. Bonfires, picnics, grass sports, and the playground can all be used year round.

Which La Jolla Beach is your favorite? Let us know in a comment below. It might be the next to appear in our La Jolla Beach Spotlight!

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