Price & Hours
- Beaches Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Known for its gentle waves and active beachgoers, La Jolla Shores is an ideal place to relax for a few hours. Locals and tourists hit this beach to surf, see marine life and enjoy the clean ocean water and sand. Families flock to La Jolla Shores and appreciate the reliable lifeguard presence and ample public restrooms. Adjacent to the beach is the La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which houses two artificial reefs meant to attract marine life. Its perimeter is marked with buoys to enforce the strict no fishing rules. Along with fishing, collecting seashells is prohibited, as the area is part of the Marine Life Refuge used by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography for research. Away from the protected refuge, surfers and boogie boarders come to catch waves in designated zones. Additionally, kayak and snorkeling gear rentals are available and visitors can sign up for scuba diving classes ahead of time. La Jolla Kayak and San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours are two companies that offer rental equipment.
There are a handful of dining options where visitors can grab a quick bite or nice meal just a short walk from the shore. Travelers warn if you're bringing a cooler to watch out for hungry seagulls that will hover looking for food. For a prime vantage point, visitors suggest seeking out one of the rooftop decks at the local bars, where you can enjoy shoreline views and vibrant sunsets over cocktails.
This classic Southern California beach is a mile long, with lifeguards on duty year-round from 9 a.m. to dusk, and access to the beach is free. The beach is wheelchair accessible, and beach wheelchairs are available from lifeguards. Picnic tables, playgrounds, showers, restrooms, and basketball and volleyball courts are all available at La Jolla Shores. Free parking is available on-site, but travelers recommend arriving early to snag a spot and note spaces fill up quickly. La Jolla Shores is also accessible by public transportation. Dogs are allowed on a leash during specific times, depending on the time of year. Smoking, alcohol and overnight camping are not permitted on the beach or surrounding areas. For additional information, visit the City of San Diego's website.
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