San Diego County is famous for its beaches, and La Jolla is proud to feature over five different beaches in its city limits. For a small city, there’s a surprising variety of beaches here—making going to the beach one of our favorite La Jolla San Diego things to do!
La Jolla Shores
Perhaps the most popular beach, La Jolla Shores has it all. The waves are gentle enough for swimming, but still strong enough for surfing and boogie boarding. Plus, it’s a fine spot for all sorts of beach favorites, such as sunbathing, and sand castles. It’s west of La Jolla Shores Drive, with (sadly, not ample) parking on Camino del Oro.
Located at the end of Nautilus Street, Windansea attracts a variety of people. Surfers especially love this beach for the strong waves, which break in the southern part of the beach. Nature enthusiasts—especially kids—love Windansea for the tidepools that are explorable at low tide. The area also makes for great photographs.
The Children’s Pool – La Jolla San Diego Things to do
Sadly, this beach has been closed to swimming, but makes for some excellent photos. Originally, the Children’s Pool was meant to be an area where it would be safer for children to swim. So, a concrete breakwater wall was erected. But soon, seals and sea lions took advantage of the man-made cove. If you don’t want to stop by an aquarium, this may be the next-best way to see these adorable creatures!
La Jolla Cove
At the northernmost point of Coast Boulevard is La Jolla Cove—perfect for your own adventure. There are small caves here that are great for exploring caves on foot or in kayak, depending on the tide. This beach is also popular for snorkelers—the fish are vibrant, and the waters are not rough. Note that surfing, boogie-boarding, etc., are not allowed at these waters. There is also a grass park nearby with facilities such as showers and bathrooms.
Torrey Pines City Beach and Black’s Beach
Torrey Pines is bordered by huge, magnificent cliffs that stretch as high as 100 yards. Popular for nature walks. Bring good walking shoes; Black’s Beach is not easy to get to. There are two trails leading down to it, and one of them is quite steep. While California law prohibits beach nudity, the northern part of Black’s Beach is de facto clothing-optional, making it the best spot to get an even tan.