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La Jolla Shores

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The Prime Family Beach in La Jolla

Wide and expansive, Shores is the largest beach in La Jolla with some of the most picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a mile long sitting next to some of the most sought-after real estate in California including luxury oceanfront homes and worldclass resorts and hotels.

La Jolla Shores offers as much ocean recreation as you can handle. Its gentle waves are ideal for swimming, inexperienced surfers, beginning scuba divers, sunbathing or just plain old people-watching. It’s the most popular beach in La Jolla and gets most crowded between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on most summer days attracting both vacationers and local residents. If you’re after a bit more solitude and tranquility visit the Shores in late afternoon and hang around for some spectacular sunsets.

A wide cement boardwalk parallels a portion of the beach making it ideal for strolling, jogging and bicycling and rollerblading. La Jolla Shores is relatively flat without the steep cliff inclines found at La Jolla Cove. It is more conducive for families with young children and provides handicap accessibility. Kellogg Park lies behind the main lifeguard station and its grassy picnic area is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely day amidst the views.

The Shores at La Jolla lies next to the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Ecological Reserve and just north is Scripps Institute of Oceanography where its aquarium of live marine life is open to the public.

Rich underwater marine life and calm waters make scuba diving particularly popular at the south end of La Jolla Shores. The offshore caves attract ocean-kayaking enthusiasts from around the world.

The Shores is conveniently located a short distance from downtown La Jolla where you’ll find an abundance of restaurants, services, shopping, and full-service hotels. Combined with its mild waters, splendid views, cultural experience and a plethora of water recreation the Shores is the perfect vacation destination for the whole family.

For Your Beach Safety

Lifeguard towers at the Shores are generally staffed from 9:00 a.m. to about dusk.

Services, Guidelines and Notes

Public restrooms and showers are available about 100 yards north and south of the main lifeguard tower. The beach has separate areas for swimming and surfing. Beach fire containers are provided during the summer months and area available on a first-come basis. Only wood, paper products or charcoal may be used. Fires cannot exceed a height of 12 inches above the container and must be extinguished before leaving the beach. Fires outside containers are prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Free beach wheelchairs are available during service hours on a first-come basis. The boardwalk is accessible to the disabled. Dogs on leashes are permitted from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Directions

La Jolla Shores is located at 8200 Camino del Oro

From the north. Take Interstate 5 southbound. Exit at La Jolla Village Drive westbound. Turn left at Torrey Pines Road and follow the signs to La Jolla Shores Drive.

From the South. Take Interstate 5 Northbound. Exit at Ardath Road westbound. Turn right at La Jolla Shores Drive. Turn left at Avenida de la Playa, then turn right on Camino del Oro.

Parking at La Jolla Shores Beach

A 350-space lot with disabled spaces is located at the foot of Calle Fescota next to the lifeguard tower. During peak months, the lot fills by mid-day. There is limited free on-street parking and paid parking is located nearby.

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