Discover Paradise: Beaches and Trails
La Jolla is blessed with stretches of crystalline white sand beaches from La Jolla Shores to more intimate and secluded beaches that adorn this coastal community.
Located on the edge of town,two blocks south of La Jolla Cove Suites, this semi-isolated beach is one of the most desirable locations for experienced surfers. It´s a great spot to take in a California sunset. Windansea has been a popular surfing hangout dating back to the 1940s and a gathering spot of the Windansea Surf Club since the 1960s. The shack on the beach, built by surfers during World War II, is now a San Diego Historic site.
La Jolla Cove
Located a stone´s throw from La Jolla Cove Suites, La Jolla Cove is a popular location for ocean swimming, snorkeling and diving. This is the location for the annual La Jolla Rough Water swim in September. Snorkelers meet marine life face to face with visibility around 30 feet and scuba divers have easy access to the Scripps Underwater Marine Reserve. With a life guard station right there, it´s great for a family beach outing.
Scripps Underwater Marine Reserve
Deep water access (from the beach) is from north of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography just across the bay and from La Jolla Cove to the South. La Jolla Canyon and the Scripps Canyon branches are an easy swim from the beaches near La Jolla’s Kellogg Park (La Jolla Shores).
From La Jolla Cove it’s a more interesting swim as the area from North of the Scripps Pier going South to the Devils Slides is mostly sand bottom until you reach the canyon. Explore the kelp forests just off Scripps Park with easy and convenient beach entry from La Jolla Cove.
An officially designated wildlife preserve. Visitors enjoy a unique encounter with harbor seals who also appreciate the blissful beaches of La Jolla. Walk out on the breakwater wall for a closer look at the seals.
Winding along the rocky cliffs of this Southern California coastline, there are caves and tide pools for the adventurous at heart and close by is the Torrey Pines State Park with miles of hiking trails.