3 Must Visit La Jolla Beaches

Cruise south along Highway 101 and the seaside community of La Jolla and its 7-mile pristine coastline and you’ll encounter 10 stunning beaches. Picking one can be difficult as each is unique in its own way. Running north to south, the beaches consist of Torrey Pines State Beach, Black’s Beach, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, Boomer Beach, Shell Beach and Seal Rock, Children’s Pool, Wipeout Beach, Marine Street Beach and Whispering Sands, and Windansea Beach. Let’s take a look at three of these amazing beaches.

La Jolla Cove

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La Jolla Cove is quite popular and is conveniently located close to the very heart of La Jolla. It is a relatively small beach, but nonetheless a perennial favorite for those who enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. One of the unique features is that the beach is protected from ocean swells since it does face north. Another feature is its great visibility, at times up to 30 feet deep. La Jolla Cove is home to an underwater marine reserve where thankfully the spoils of mankind have left marine life unharmed. In addition, and despite its calm waters, lifeguards keep a close watch on the area. Every September dating back to1916, the annual Rough Water Swim draws swimmers of all ages. Just above the Cove rests Ellen Browning Scripps Park with spacious areas for family or romantic picnics, hiking, or just feastings one’s eyes on the majestic scenery. Restrooms and showers are easy to avail of but parking is limited. La Jolla Cove is a must visit and those who take the time to drop by will not regret their stay. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture amazing views to ruminate on long after, or hey, come back frequently as the Cove is well worth repeat visits.

Torrey Pines State Beach

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Torrey Pines State Beach is La Jolla’s northernmost beach. The stunning views and sands extend approximately four miles between Del Mar, past Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve, and to the base of the sandstone cliff at Torrey Pines Mesa and the Gliderport. It is next to the well-known Torrey Pines State Reserve and is a preferred locale for visitors and local San Diegans. Ah, but how to get there? It’s easy, just enter the beach from North Torrey Pines Road or by trail from the Reserve. Torrey Pines is a quality beach for all of your outdoor activities including swimming, surfing, getting your tan on, or casting a line to catch a trophy fish. At low tide, Torrey Pines is a spectacular spot for taking a romantic stroll with that special someone. Tall cliffs line the shoreline and make for memorable views during sunsets. Atop the cliffs you’ll find the scenery to be unmatched for their sheer beauty.

So how do you access this spectacular beach? For easy entry to hiking trails, simply take the steps north of Flat Rock (also known as Bathtub Rock). There you’ll be pleased to find all of the parking space you need, since there are about 700 slots. Visitors should know in advance that since Torrey Pines State Beach is a California state reserve, both parking and access fees are required. You can get there early to snag your preferred spot because the gates open at 8 a.m. When sunset comes around its time to find other area attraction since the gates do close. General admission is mere $10, and seniors 62 and over get a slight discount at $9. If you happen to be disabled, the admission is only $5 (with a qualified Department of Parks and Recreation pass). At the north end of the beach you’ll find lifeguards, and restrooms to change in. Of course, picnic areas and the expansive parking is near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road.

La Jolla Shores

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La Jolla Shores is a common attraction for beachgoers. It is family friendly because of its mild waves and runs approximately one mile in length. Parking is not a problem so don’t sweat it, let it. There are grassy picnic areas, swings for the kiddos, fire rings for torching up your favored meats, and volleyball if you’re so inclined. It is conveniently located near local shops and several restaurants to get your eat on. But be forewarned, during the summer months La Jolla Shores can be packed to the proverbial gills. If you’re looking to boat, sail or toss a line in the sea, these activities ares permitted on the north side of the pier. La Jolla Shores is an excellent location for scuba diving because of its mild surf. First time surfers will also find it the perfect spot for learning the ropes. Another cool feature is that there is a public kayak launch. While safety is primarily everyone’s responsibility, lifeguards are always keeping a dutiful watch on beachgoers. Of course, public restrooms and outdoor showers are available. Additionally, if you happen to venture south of the beach and north of the pier (you don’t need a compass), you’ll run smack dab into private Scripps Beach, which belongs to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Get out there and enjoy your tie with family, friends and loved one at fantastic La Jolla Shores.

Life IS a Picnic! Great Picnic Spots in La Jolla

picnic-areasLa Jolla has plenty of things to offer locals and visitors alike. Now that spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner, spending time outdoors in ideal San Diego weather is great for one’s health and leisure activities to get way from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Picnics are a great way to spend time with the family or that special someone in your life. La Jolla is the perfect location for picnics where unobtrusive meal times may be enjoyed on beaches or on grassy knolls. Why nor whip up some of your favorite grub or shop at various La Jolla delicatessens for meals and make a trip out to one of several hotspots to enjoy an afternoon with loved ones? Let’s take a look at four of the more enticing spots in La Jolla to spend quality time with friends, family, or loved ones.

  • Shell Beach. This a fantastic location for picnickers located a tad south of La Jolla Cove. Shell Beach is an ideal spot for hunting shells, and there is even gentle wading for tots and younger kids. What makes this spot one of the better places to visit in that seals chill out a mere 10 yards from the shoreline. Be sure to bring your camera to take awesome pics or videos. To get to this recommended spot, simply shoot down Coast Boulevard past Ellen Browning Scripps Park and then look for the gazebo. There’s actually a sign for the beach as well as the stairs leading down to the sand. If you’re looking to mellow out, the ideal spots are the rocky areas away from the shore, or even the gazebo higher up that provides a panoramic view of the ocean and its surroundings. If you’re bringing along the kiddos for some fun, sun and eats, the shore is ideally your best option.
  • La Jolla Hermosa Park. This location is ideal for a picnic that even the community of La Jolla is unfamiliar with. Located in growing Bird Rock, Hermosa Park is a veritable treasure of La Jolla. It consists of a relatively small picnic area located at the intersection of Camino de la Costa and Chelsea Avenue. There is an easily accessible walking trail down to the beach. Hermosa Park is an attractive and somewhat isolated area that provides picnickers with a scenic vantage point. The park features a few picnic tables, benches, and BBQ grills that are excellent for cranking out your own food. Just bring along your goodies and charcoal and enjoy the sunset and spend a discreet, serene afternoon with loved ones.
  • Scripps Coastal Reserve. One of the more stunning locations for a picnic or a getaway. The Scripps Coastal Reserve actually begins at a trailhead on La Jolla Farms Road. The trail is about a 10-15 minute walk from the neighborhood street to the edge of the cliffs, and ends with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. There is plenty of space and certainly abundant room for pitching a blanket or beach towel on the rocks. To locate the trail, simply take La Jolla Shores Drive and make the first right onto La Jolla Farms Rd. Continue down the street a bit and look for a large vacant spot on the left hand side. There will be a faded black fence with a small opening at 9400 La Jolla Farms Road. Simply follow the trail down and chill like a villain. However, a caveat is in order: if you are sharing adult beverages, be sure to avoid the unstable cliffs for your own safety. Otherwise, enjoy!
  • Windansea Beach. This ideal picnic spot is more well-known and remains a popular spot among locals and visitors. Located at 6800 Neptune Place, this shorefront is typically less crowded than La Jolla Shores, Browning Scripps Park, or popular La Jolla Cove. There are adequate places to park oneself along the flattened rock formations on the beach. In addition, there are a few straw huts placed advantageously on the rocks near the water, thus making the location an excellent location to throw down a blanket and delight in scenic views of the beach. Better yet, for those who are concerned about potential damages to the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, there’s no sweat in finding a place to avoid those painful sunburns. The only drawbacks are the lack of public bathrooms or lifeguards, but it nevertheless makes the spot a fine location to mellow out and listen to wave’s pound against the shore while feasting on your favorite meals or snacks.

Contemporary life offers few opportunities to get away and relax. But when time permits, La Jolla’s seaside community is the ideal location to get away, relax, and have a picnic with family, friends or loved ones. Make the most of your leisure time and enjoy the scenic parks and picnic areas La Jolla has to offer. Chances are that you’ll find each location a special place to return to for not only scenic views, but as quality spots to enjoy a relaxing day.

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