La Jolla Shores Popular Beach Vacation Spot

La Jolla Shores beach is an extremely popular spot in the town of the same name in California. La Jolla is one of San Diego’s more upmarket beach communities.

This great beach spot is nearly a mile in length. La Jolla Shores Beach goes from Black’s Beach, the world famous surfing beach, located a bit south of the magnificent Torrey Pines State Park down to slightly north of the cliffs at La Jolla Cove.

Where is La Jolla Shores? 32°86′N 117°25′W

La Jolla Shores beach includes the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as well as Kellogg Park. Other attractions are the Scripps Pier and the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve.

La Jolla Shores Beach and Kayaks

As the only boat launch on the beach in San Diego‘s city limits, there are a lot of kayaks.  You can expect to find crowds of stand up paddle boards, and swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. Leopard sharks, stingrays and other aquatic life is alive and well. Depending upon the time of year, there might be a lot of fish to see! Luckily, the Garibaldi,  a species of bright orange fish in the damselfish family, can be found all year round here. In addition to La Jolla Shores beach, the Garibaldi can also be seen off the island of Santa Catalina.  This colorful fish is protected in coastal California waters. It is the official marine state fish of California.

All the way to the north of this quaint beach village, is the Torrey Pines City Beach. This encompasses some very long stretches of beach, perfect for the family as well as sunbathing. A parking area is close. Hiking is a popular activity through native vegetation. Of course, the signature Torrey pine is endemic to the city beach. Views of the the Pacific Ocean seen from 300 foot cliffs are the star of this popular area. Black’s beach is located to the south.

Black’s beach is both hazardous and difficult to access. A favorite among local surfers and bodyboarders and “naturalists”, who do not observe the California law prohibiting public nudity.


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This project, Beach Spot, has been a lingering thought for nearly 20 years. It started on a crazy offshore Venezuelan island, Isla Margarita, during the first dot com craze. The idea evolved while life continually got in the way. A decade was spent on a Mediterranean island as well as a number of years chasing the sun in the USVI. Back living stateside in San Diego, this project will hopefully be an enjoyable look at a number of beach towns.

1 Comment

  1. Frank Hansen on

    This beach was very beautiful and in the perfect location from my hotel. If you like snorkeling, check out the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve.

    Thank you for providing a great free service, I’m allready checking out some other beachspots for my next holday. Keep up the good work!


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