La Jolla Beaches
This famous beach is known best for being the largest nude beach in the United States. It is also known to surfers as one of the best beach break spots in Southern California. The powerful waves at this spot are due to the underwater canyon located just offshore. However, it can be a dangerous spot, especially for beginners. Located near the University of California, San Diego, this spot is popular with the students and well-known local surfers.
Boomer Beach is located west of La Jolla Cove and is known for being a beach for serious bodysurfing. Boomer has some of the best waves in San Diego County, and is the spot for well-known local bodysurfers. During the summer season, Boomer is known for being a private, un-crowded beach. It is the perfect spot for those who like to sunbathe and snorkel.
Children’s Pool (Casa Beach)
Created with a donation by La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, who gave money to build a seawall in 1931 and created a trust to create a swimming beach for children, the beach is now home to a harbor seal rookery. Surrounded by a walkway and various vantage points, it offers a great spot for reflection or viewing the seals. Divers also use the beach to enter nearby waters. The beach itself is called Casa Beach.
Located in the middle of a long narrow patch of grass, just south of Wipeout Beach, Hospitals Beach is a great reef for snorkeling and surfing. During low tide there are great tide pools and great shelling along the coast. The conditions aren’t always ideal, however, when they are, it’s considered to be one of the best dive sites in San Diego. Dramatic underwater ledges are home to hundreds of local lobsters. Located at the south end is the famous surf spot, perfect for all surfers.
La Jolla Shores
La Jolla Shores, located at 8200 Camino del Oro, is a one mile long sandy beach. It is home to San Diego’s only oceanfront launch ramp where kayakers can directly access the coastal waters. In summertime, the waves at the Shores are generally the most gentle of all of the San Diego beaches. However, the currents are known to sporadically be strong. This is the perfect place for beginner-level scuba and kayak classes and is ideal for picnicking. The wide cement boardwalk is the perfect place for an afternoon sunset walk.
Marine Street Beach
Marine Street Beach is a popular beach for diving, body surfing, and sunbathing. This secluded beach is best at low tide. Picnic areas and public restrooms are not available, and the rough surf is not suitable for children.
Located between the Children’s Pool and Boomer Beach, south of the La Jolla Cove, Shell Beach is a great place for tide pooling and shell collecting, especially for small children. Snorkeling is popular in the beautiful reefs and deep waters. This location is ideal for those who don’t want to share the beach with a big crowd.
Whispering Sands Beach (Horseshoes)
Located south of Hospitals Beach, Whispering Sands Beach is known as Horseshoes Beach to local surfers. It is a quiet and secluded spot, accessible only from an unmarked stairwell close to the corner of Coast Boulevard and Prospect Street, or from the end of Marine Street. It has a reputation among locals as a good spot for surfing and bodysurfing.
This historic beach extends from north of Palomar Avenue to south of Westbourne Street. It is known as one of the most famous surf spots in Southern California, and has a long history with many of surfing’s legends. Often during the summer seasons, waves have been known to reach up to 8 feet of surf.
A trip to San Diego is not complete without stopping by Wipeout Beach. Located just South of the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, this beach features caves and can be a tranquil spot for sunbathing. Swimming in this area can be hazardous due to the strong currents and many rocks.