La Jolla California Beaches
The Center Attractions of La Jolla.
From the family beaches most often preferred by vacationers to the more secluded coves and crannies desired by surfers, divers and swimmers, La Jolla beaches offer something exciting for everyone. From Blacks Beach to the north and Windansea Beach to the south, La Jolla’s shoreline consists of steep sandstone cliffs separated by coves and sandy beaches.
The sunny beauty, gentle breezes and picture postcard views are a vacation haven for tourists and a water recreation highlight for local residents. La Jolla, pronounced “la hoya” means “the jewel” in Spanish and indeed, it is. Several unique beaches dot the seven miles of coastline against a backdrop of exclusive real estate, resorts, cliffs, tall palms and lush greenery.
Downtown La Jolla is conveniently located near most of its beaches which not only provides parking for beach visitors but an abundance of fine restaurants, intimate cafes, cultural destinations, art galleries and other commercial convenience.
Crowds at La Jolla beaches can be quite sizable between mid-day to 4:00 p.m. when traffic seeking parting places can slow to a crawl. The best advice for vacationers and tourists to La Jolla is to come to the beaches early and stay late to enjoy the magical sunsets and dusk views across the ocean horizons.
Each La Jolla Beach offers something unique with distinctively different ways to enjoy vacation pleasure. La Jolla Shores is the most popular family beach with the largest expansion of relatively flat, sandy beaches. If you like people watching, sunbathing and a lazy day at the beach, Shores is the one.
La Jolla Cove is a paradise of sparkling blue water and steep sandstone cliffs that offer amazing views. The Cove is a swimmer’s dream because gentle water and its “no surfing allowed” policy. Along with Children’s Pool, the Cove is rich with reefs that attract scuba divers and snorkelers to abundance of underwater marine life.
Just off La Jolla Cove is La Jolla Submarine Canyon, a very popular place for diving classes and serious diving just north of Scripps Pier.
There are several La Jolla Caves carved by nature into the sandstone cliffs between La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores that attract ocean kayakers from around the world to see what it took nature millions of years to create. One cave in particular, known as “ Sunny Jim Cave” can be entered through a man-made tunnel that leads to a steep descent through a narrow underground tube to a wooden deck.
Boomer Beach is great for bodysurfing. No surfing there. Shell Beach at the south end of Scripps Park is a steep, sloping beach for secluded sunbathing. Hospitals Beach is popular for local surfers. Horseshoes Beach is a great surfing beach along with Windansea.