Must Visit La Jolla Beaches (Continued)

A few weeks ago we shared with you 3 La Jolla Beaches you must visit. Because La Jolla is known for its pristine coastline and stunning beaches, there’s a lot of ground (or sand) to cover. With that, we present 5 more La Jolla beaches you should visit this upcoming Spring and Summer.

Boomer Beach

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When it comes to body surfing, it doesn’t get much better than scenic Boomer Beach. The area is located on Coast Boulevard just a tad southwest of La Jolla Cove. Body surfing is awesome here because of the way the surf breaks. The area especially appeals to accomplished body surfers. If there is any downside, body-boarding and surfing are not allowed, but that is only for one’s safety. Hey, again, we’re talking pounding surf here! The summer season is the best time to climb down the sandstone bluff to reach the sand for body surfers, or for those who just want to relax on benches and watch the surf roll in. Boomer Beach is also less crowded than other area beaches, especially during the summer months. Added bonuses consist of a fantastic spot for collecting shells, snorkeling, and getting one’s tan on. And if your timing is right, you can even body surf with sea lions. Restrooms and showers are always available at Ellen Browning Scripps Park located just above the beach.

Shell Beach & Seal Rock

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Another La Jolla favorite is Shell Beach. It is located just south of Boomer Beach. It is a rather small beach but one with a big heart. Shell Beach includes Seal Rock, a huge rock offshore where California sea lions like to hang out and entertain, so be sure to bring along your camera. During extreme low tides, the southern end of Shell Beach has an interesting tidepool-like area, where visitors will delight in seeing a variety of marine creatures. It’s also a great spot for adding to your shell collection or starting one. Shell Beach is a quieter area for but great for those who have a preference for avoiding large, crowded beaches. Wading is popular among kids at Shell Beach, but because the reef comes right up to the shoreline, swimming should be restricted to only experienced swimmers. Snorkeling is ever popular because of the stunning reefs and deep waters just offshore. Body-boarding and surfing are not allowed. For your safety, lifeguards with a keen set of eyes are on duty. Restrooms and shower facilities are available at the Children’s Pool.

Wipeout Beach

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Wipeout Beach is located on Coast Boulevard just a bit south of the Children’s Pool. This is a larger beach with exposed caves during low tides and perfect for getting in those perfect shots with your camera. Despite the fact that the beach is an awesome spot for sunbathers, swimming is not advised because of strong currents and an abundance of rocks. Nevertheless, have a blast exploring caves at this beach, provided they are not choked by flotsam and seaweed.

Marine Street and Whispering Sands Beach

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Marine Street Beach is located at the base of Marine Street. It is an expansive, white sand beach that is nestled between two rock reef points, Little Point on the south and Horseshoe on the north. The scenic reefs just offshore provide an exceptional area for seasoned board and body surfers. Additionally, it is the home of the Whomp, an extreme shore break. One of the great features is that it is clean and there is an abundance of sand. It should go without saying, but this makes it a fantastic area for sunbathing, swimming, diving, or tossing a Frisbee. There are fire rings to crank up some grub, or just chill around, but there no restrooms facilities. The northern end of the beach is sometimes called Whispering Sands Beach but they are actually one and the same. Lifeguards patrol the area during the summer months and on occasional weekends during the spring and fall when the beach is less crowded. One caveat is that parking is particularly limited, but this is owed to the fact that the beach is situated in a residential neighborhood.

Black’s Beach

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Black’s Beach is well-known to those who have an affinity for clothing optional beach going. Although nudity was formally forbidden at this out-of-the-way, bathing suit-optional beach years ago, the long arm of the law hasn’t stopped the more adventurous sunbathers from baring all. Usually these courageous souls hang out on the north side end of the beach near the Gliderport trail. But hey, you don’t have to be a nudist to enjoy Black’s Beach. It is also well-known among surfers for its huge winter swells. Black’s Beach can be challenging to reach, but this is because of the steep trails leading down from the bluffs above. Nevertheless, it is entirely possible to walk during low tide from Torrey Pines in the north or La Jolla Shores from the south. There is no permanent lifeguard station at Black’s Beach, but lifeguards are frequently on duty mid-day from April through the end of October. Nevertheless, because of its remote locale, it can take as long as 20 minutes to receive assistance from lifeguards. At the southern portion of the beach visitors will find an emergency call box. No fixed restroom facilities are available, however portable restrooms are accessible at the Gliderport.

Go Play Outside!: Outdoor Activities to do in La Jolla

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Well, Punxsutawney Phil has made his prediction… looks like we’re in for an extended winter. But let’s be real, this doesn’t really impact us- this is California, bro!

So let’s get ready to bust out the bikes and the beach toys and get some sunshine!

We’ve put together a list of some great outdoor activities you can do in La Jolla:

Under the Sea Looking for some excitement and a glimpse of undersea life? Or perhaps you’re seeking to add to your sea life experience, head on over to the seaside community of La Jolla for an underwater close-up peek at what lurks underneath the mysterious Pacific by snorkeling or scuba diving. One of the more popular haunts of La Jolla consists of snorkeling with leopard sharks mere yards off shore at La Jolla Cove or La Jolla Shores. For the record, and to allay any apprehension, the sharks are absolutely harmless. From June through September, veritable thousands of leopard sharks make their way into La Jolla Cove for their mating season, providing you with an enjoyable underwater experience. Bring along your GoPro to capture fantastic photos and videos!

Go Kayaking Kayaking is not all about shooting white water rapids. Better yet, you don’t have to be an experienced professional to paddle along in tranquil waters. Whether you’re seeking a rental or seek a fully guided tour, embarking on a tour through the seven caves by kayak in La Jolla is an assured adventure. Replete with spectacular, photo perfect scenery, along with remarkable marine life, La Jolla offers plenty of memorable moments when exploring the world famous seven caves. Only one of the caves is accessible by land, so for the ultimate water adventure, only a kayak will suffice.

Where to go: La Jolla Kayak offers kayak rentals in La Jolla starting at $23, as well as guided La Jolla kayaking tours that start at $39. or more information about kayaking La Jolla, call La Jolla Kayak at (858) 459-1114 or visit their web site at www.lajollakayak.com.

Surfs Up! One of the first things that typically comes to mind when the words “San Diego” are uttered is surfing. Surfing in La Jolla is particularly distinct given that the seaside community is home to some of California’s most admired surfing spots, including Windansea Beach and world renowned Black’s Beach. If you already have a modicum of experience on a board, feel free to paddle out into the surf, join the line-up, and wait for a spectacular wave. On the other hand, if you’re a first-timer and want to learn the ropes, be sure to drop by one of the many surf shops!

Where to go: Mitch’s Surf Shop has been offering hand shaped surf boards with the most style and innovation since 1967. Their La Jolla shop is located on Pearl Street, minutes away from the Windansea surf break. Here, customers can find long or short boards in all desired name brands as well as clothing and fins

Ride a Bike With the incredible weather and the amazing biking trails, who wouldn’t want to go for a bike ride? One ride you won’t want to pass up is the chance to take in the inspiring views from atop 822 foot tall Mt. Soledad and the subsequent ride downhill to the impressive La Jolla Shores. If you are seeking a more stimulating experience, be sure to join one of the longer bike routes where you and your friends or loved ones can partake in abundant San Diego sights, all in a single sunny day.

Where to go: California Bicycle is located on La Jolla Blvd. right off of Pearl Street. The family owned company has been serving La Jolla since 1977. The last three decades have been spent not only providing great customer service, but filling every customer’s bike-related needs. Whether you are looking for a beach cruiser to explore gorgeous beach areas in La Jolla, road bikes to amp up fitness routines, Mountain bikes for some off roading in the mountains or hiking trails, or beginners bikes for children and adults, California Bicycle has everything in stock.

Community Spotlight: Dr. John Morizi – Pet Health Center of La Jolla

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After a year absence from La Jolla, Dr. John Morizi, formerly of The Animal Hospital of La Jolla, returns to the Village with the Pet Health Center of La Jolla accompanied by a host of familiar faces from the old practice. We sat down with Dr. Morizi and learned how he relates to the movie, My Dog Skip, his most memorable patients throughout the years, and why he loves what he does. Continue reading

Celebrate Waffle Day at these La Jolla Restaurants

Craving a sweet treat? Dine out at these local spots for Waffle Day

Need a break from boring breakfasts? Treat yourself to the mouthwatering waffles of La Jolla this International Waffle Day on August 24! Enjoy the best of La Jolla restaurants around while consuming the best waffles around. From the classic Belgian to the fruit infused, these local spots have got it covered.

Harry’s Coffee Shop & Gallery

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5 Summer Picnic Spots in La Jolla

Summer is in full swing, and that means spending as much time as possible outdoors and in the sunshine. What better way to ring in the season of (even more) beautiful weather than a picnic? Picnic spots in La Jolla are abundant, and several tucked-away sites are perfect for a quiet meal shoreside or on the grass. Stop by one of La Jolla’s awesome delis for munchies and head out to one of our top five favorite picnic spots to enjoy!
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Gelson’s Markets Pacific Beach Grand Opening Celebration May 26

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Gelson’s Markets, one of California’s premier supermarket chains, will be celebrating the grand opening of its third San Diego store located within close proximity to La Jolla’s Bird Rock Community at 730 Turquoise Street (old Albertson’s/Haggen location) on May 26 at 9 a.m. Continue reading

Discover Our 10 Favorite La Jolla Art Galleries!

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Whether you’re a seasoned art expert or just beginning to get into art, you’ll find pieces to love at any one of these featured La Jolla art galleries. La Jolla features more than two dozen art galleries, each with their own unique focus. We’ve chosen 10 of our favorites to visit here. Continue reading

18th Annual Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla Returns May 14th

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This year’s Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla, Saturday, May 14th, will highlight “California Living in Outdoor Rooms” with six gardens plus a bonus garden for Platinum Tour ticket holders. The tour gives the public a rare opportunity to wander through the gardens and courtyards of some of La Jolla’s most beautiful Secret Gardens. Continue reading