Residents and Visitors can enjoy the La Jolla Beaches and Coves while either driving or walking along La Jolla’s reefs and rocky points from La Jolla Cove to the La Jolla Cildren’s Pool, and southward to Windansea Beach and Bird Rock. In just a few short miles, you’ll listen to peaceful bays and pounding surf, near shore tide pools, sea caves and sparkling water with bright white beaches.
Where to go in La Jolla:
The La Jolla Cove is the north facing point of the La Jolla cliffs that form a small deep water bay. The cliffs have a ton of sea caves which kayakers love to paddle over to from the La Jolla Shores Beach. For $4.00 ($3 for kids 16 years and under), you can go down a spooky tunnel in the basement of the old Curio Shop (on Coast Blvd. just off Prospect Street) which leads you to Sunny Jim’s Cave at the base of Deadman’s Bluff; or you can decide to snorkel over from The Cove on a calm day, to explore the huge grotto beneath The Clam.
- At least half of the coast here is rocky or otherwise unsuitable for swimming. And, with the exception of Marine Street and Windansea, the beaches are all small with submerged rocks offshore. Only La Jolla Cove and Children’s Pool offer permanent lifeguard and bathroom facilities. There are no dedicated parking lots offering more than a few spaces, and there is fierce competition for street parking from residents and businesses. From The Cove north to Torrey Pines, ocean fishing, spearfishing and collecting is precluded by an Underwater Ecological Preserve. It is unlawful to harm or harass marine mammals (such as seals) anywhere in U.S. waters. South of Hospitals, it’s mainly hardcore locals on the beach and in the lineups. WARNING: Submerged rocks and reefs abound, water depths drop off sharply, powerful shorebreaks, shallow reefbreaks and strong rip currents. Little or no lifeguard supervision at most locations. A great place to admire the ocean, perhaps best done from the shore.
- From the northbound INTERSTATE 5 exit La Jolla Parkway west until it merges with Torrey Pines Road. From the southbound INTERSTATE 5 exit La Jolla Village Drive west, then left on Torrey Pines Road. Continue past La Jolla Shores Drive and turn right on Prospect Street. The first right off Prospect is Coast Blvd. which serves all the spots described in the first part of this guide. Beyond Horseshoe, Prospect Street becomes La Jolla Blvd. Heading southbound on La Jolla Blvd. turn right on Marine Street for Marine Street Beach, right on Nautilus Street for Windansea Beach, and right on Bird Rock Avenue for Bird Rock.