Love the Water? Activities for the Amphibious!

Photo Credit: sandiego.comThe ocean views and water access of La Jolla are undeniable, meaning there are countless opportunities for fun for those who simply can’t get enough of the water. Whether you are a native of the San Diego area or are just visiting, the beautiful waters of La Jolla offer something for everyone. Let’s look at some of the most interesting and enjoyable activities you can find in our beautiful city!

La Jolla Shores
This beach is a mile long and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike; popular for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving and kayaking. Lifeguards are on duty at this beach during the day so you can enjoy the water without worries. Didn’t have room to pack your water gear? There are a handful of companies that offer both snorkeling and kayaking opportunities out of La Jolla Shores and you can also find places to rent beach gear, body boards and much more for the day. The shores are also one of the area’s more sociable beaches, so head down once the sun sets and join the many other beach lovers gathered around bonfires along the coast.

La Jolla Cove
If you want to dive headfirst into the fun, head to La Jolla Cove for a day of snorkeling. The snorkeling destination is fun for individuals of all levels of experience, and it allows you to see some amazing sea caves, underwater plants, rock formations and, of course fish and other marine life. Swimmers and scuba divers are also welcome to explore this incredible area. There’s a park also a park near La Jolla Cove that’s equipped with a playground, grassy area to stretch out and relax and a few picnic tables if you’ve brought lunch for the day. Prefer to enjoy the water from a distance? Head to Brockton Villa for a fancy feast or the Goldfish Point Café for casual seafood and subs and enjoy popular restaurants in La Jolla while taking in the ocean view.

The Children’s Pool
Originally designated as a safe swimming area for children, The Children’s Pool has more recently been transformed into a sanctuary for seals. You heard us right, seals! While there has been a lot of controversy and debate over whether the area should be reserved for swimming or as a home for the seals, it has become spot that attracts tourists and always pleases the little ones. There is a walkway wrapping around the beach, providing easy access and the opportunity to watch and take photographs of the playful harbor seals. However, we do warn you, this is a splash zone so don’t be surprised if you get a little wet!

Windansea Beach
Although his is one of the area’s smaller beaches, nestled amongst a residential district as well as a handful of La Jolla churches, local community shops and businesses, Windansea remains popular among residents and locals because of its beautifully white sand, scenic places to walk and unbeatable sunset views. The beach also has some fascinating rock formations where you from which you can jump into the water, or relax with family and friends. And don’t worry about where to park. Even though the beach is small, there is plenty of parking right near the water. In fact, on a sunny day it’s probably easier to navigate than the La Jolla Cove or Shore.

Do you have a favorite place in La Jolla that the amphibious would like? Whether it’s a beachfront nook that we missed or a restaurant overlooking the water, share it with us by commenting below!

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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