Best Beaches in La Jolla Guide 2022
Our Picks for The Top 10 Beaches in La Jolla
Black’s Beach is one of most infamous beaches La Jolla has, and getting there is not for the faint of heart. This 2-mile stretch of sand is vast and gorgeous, with many guests enjoying the clothing-optional policy. This La Jolla beach is just one mile north of the Torrey Pines Glider port trailhead – so if you dare to go bare, you won’t be alone!
Directly West of La Jolla Cove, you’ll find a fun scramble down the sandstone to get to the remote Boomer’s Beach. Despite being so small, it’s considered to be one of the best beaches in La Jolla because it’s a quiet alternative to the more populated beaches nearby.
You’ll likely see more than a few seals and sea lions in the water and lounging on the beach and up on the rocks of Point La Jolla. Remember always to give them plenty of space.
South Casa Beach
Just south of Children’s Pool Beach, you’ll find respite from the crowds at the secluded South Casa Beach. This triangle-shaped mini cove is an easy one to cross off your list. It’s another excellent spot to explore the tide pools during low tide or find a corner to relax and enjoy the views.
You might see a few seals and sea lions wobbling around, but not nearly as many as you’d see at Children’s Pool Beach.
La Jolla Shores Beach
La Jolla Shores beach, referred to by locals as just “The Shores,” is by far the most impressive as a true outdoor wonderland of possibilities. Set up your home base for the day on the open sand or the adjacent stretches of grass at Kellogg Park for all-day fun.
Shell Beach sits at the southernmost end of the park. You’ll take the long concrete staircase and navigate around large rocks to get to this little beauty. wildlife! The rocks can be rough and slippery, so bring some sturdy footwear.
Wipeout Beach provides a wider shore on the other side of South Casa, but only during low tide. Visit during a high tide, and this La Jolla beach virtually disappears.
Marine Street Beach
Marine Street Beach is known for its pristine white sands, spacious simplicity, and thunderous surf. This hidden gem is quieter than its northern beach neighbors and frequented mainly by locals.
La Jolla Cove Beach
La Jolla Cove is the most recognizable and scenic corner of the La Jolla coastline and has welcomed visitors since 1890. Part of the La Jolla underwater park and the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve, this protected, charming coastal inlet is home to incredible active marine life and is prime for snorkeling and diving. The word “Matlahuayl” came from the Kumeyaay tribes native to the area and meant “place of the caves,” one of two origins where La Jolla gets its name.
The Children’s Pool Beach
The Children’s Pool Beach and its famous 300-foot curved concrete wall have been a beloved treasure since it opened in 1931. Ellen Browning Scripps funded this architectural marvel so that children could have a safe place to play and swim away from dangerous undercurrents.
This local’s favorite beach might not be the longest, but she sure packs a punch. Windansea beach has so much personality, decorated by its stunning moss-covered rock formations and jutting sandstone. It is also home to the historic architectural icon “The Shack,” a palm-covered surf hut built in 1946 where surfers can rest their boards and enjoy shelter from the sun.