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!

1. Scripps Coastal Reserve

One of the more more difficult-to-spot locations but certainly one of the most beautiful, the Scripps Coastal Reserve begins at a trailhead on La Jolla Farms Road. The trail is a 10-15 minutes from the neighborhood street to the edge of the cliffs and ends with an amazing view of the ocean and the old UCSD Chancellor’s mansion. There is a lot of space and plenty of room for laying out a blanket on the rocks. That plus a beautiful backdrop makes for a perfect picnic! [pictured above]

To find the trail, take La Jolla Shores Dr. and make the first right onto La Jolla Farms Rd. Continue down the street a little and look for a huge vacant spot on the left hand side; there will be a black fence with a small opening at 9400 La Jolla Farms Rd. Just follow the trail down and enjoy!

2.  La Jolla Hermosa Park

La Jolla Hermosa Park Picnic Spot

A true gem of La Jolla, this small picnic area at the intersection of Camino de la Costa and Chelsea Avenue in Bird Rock is a beautiful and secluded spot with a walkway down to a panoramic viewpoint. There are a few picnic tables, benches, and charcoal grills that are perfect for making some burgers. Come here to catch the sunset or just to enjoy a quiet, peaceful afternoon.

3. Windansea Beach

Windansea Beach

This more well known beach is still a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Located at 6800 Neptune Place, this shorefront is often less crowded than La Jolla Shores, Browning Scripps Park, or the Cove. Access to the beach is a quick walk down the stairs, and there are plenty of places to sit along the flattened rock formations on the beach. A few straw huts are placed strategically on the rocks near the water – a great place to lay down a blanket underneath and enjoy the beach without worrying about a sunburn! There are no public bathrooms or lifeguards here, but it makes for a great spot to listen to the waves crash along the shoreline while enjoying a delicious picnic.

4. Kate Sessions Park

Kate Sessions Park

Though it isn’t exactly in the heart of La Jolla, this beautiful park resides just south of it in Pacific Beach. Be sure to pack a blanket, your picnic basket, and plenty of reading material! It’s also a perfect place to throw some frisbee or kick a soccer ball around; large expanses of green grass and leafy trees provide enough shade to stay cool. Come here to watch the sunset and enjoy some breathtaking views of Mission Bay, downtown, and a vista from the Coronado Bridge to Mission Beach, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Kate Sessions is located on 5115 Soledad Rd.

5. Shell Beach

Shell Beach is a smaller, intimate stretch of sand tucked between the Children’s Pool and Boomer Beach, just south of the La Jolla Cove. Shell Beach is perfect for tide-pooling, shell hunting, and even wading for small kids. An added bonus: the seals like the privacy the beach offers, so you’ll get to see them lounging on rocks just about 30 feet from shore! To find this beauty, head down Coast Boulevard past Ellen Browning Scripps Park and look for the gazebo. There will be a sign for the beach and stairs down to the sand. The best place for a picnic would be the rocks farther back from shore, or the gazebo higher up – for a better view!

What’s your favorite place to take a picnic lunch? Share with us and post with us using hashtag #LaJollaBB!

[Images courtesy of lajollavillageonline.com, yelp.com, & locationshub.com] 

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Emily Ruchlewicz

Emily Ruchlewicz

News & Feature Writer at http://www.lajollabluebook.com/
Emily Ruchlewicz is a News and Feature writer at Blue Book Publishers and has written more than 100 La Jolla-related articles. Follow her blogs to stay informed about new businesses, read exclusive interviews with local business owners, and keep up with community events. (emily@lajollabluebook.com)

2 thoughts on “5 Summer Picnic Spots in La Jolla

  1. RE: La Jollla Hermosa Park.
    “easy walking trail down to the beach ”
    Please reveal the secret location of this trail, since none of us (who have lived in La Jolla, LJ Hermosa, and the Bird Rock area since the 1950s) have ever seen it or heard of it.

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