La Jolla Beach Spotlight: Shell Beach


Spend a nice sunny day at our next La Jolla beach spotlight, Shell Beach, exploring tide pools, playing in the sand, and dipping your toes in the water.


Shell Beach is a quaint area tucked between Boomer Beach and Children’s Pool. It’s one of the few beaches that lie just below Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Check out everything this “hidden” beach has to offer:

Shell Beach

Tide Pools– At extremely low tide families can wander the rocks and explore the marine life tucked in the shallow tide pools. Be careful not to disrupt the creatures in these small pools of water.

Sunbathing– Since Shell Beach is less crowded than other La Jolla Beaches, you will more often than not find sunbathers sprawled out on a towel taking in the sun.

Swimming– Beach goers should swim with caution in this area as the currents can be strong. It is suggested that only experienced swimmers venture out into the water. Dipping your toes or wading in the water is always welcome and can be just as satisfying.

Snorkeling– Snorkelers love to venture out and explore the reef just off the shore. Again it is important to swim with caution in this area.

Picnics– Since this beach is small and less crowded than the others it is perfect to lay out towels or blankets and enjoy a lunch during your day. Going up the stairs to the park is also another great place to stretch out on the grass and have a picnic.

Long Walks– A long pathway stretches from La Jolla Cove all the way down past the Children’s Pool. This is a great path to take in the La Jolla Coastline.

Sea Lions– Beach goers can also see Seal Rock from Shell Beach. This is a large rock just off shore that Sea Lions like to lounge on during the day.

SEE ALSO: 5 Overlooked Picnic Spots in La Jolla.


Like most La Jolla Beaches, this area doesn’t lack in amenities. There are public restrooms and showers located by The Cove and Children’s Pool. Parking is available, but very limited. There is also paid parking within walking distance of the beach. Lifeguards are on duty from morning until sunset.

While the water temperature drops after summer, the tide pools are still a popular attraction to explore at any time of the year. Shell Beach is located at Coast Blvd & Ocean Lane. Do you have any memories from this beach? Share them with us below.

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Shelby Haffey
Shelby Haffey is the newest member at the Blue Book and recent graduate from Cal State University, Northridge with a degree in English-- Creative Writing. In her spare time she enjoys writing, hiking, traveling, and most importantly exploring San Diego. Follow her articles to catch up on all things La Jolla.
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