La Jolla Shores
La Jolla Shores (8200 Camino del Oro) is a sandy beach approximately one mile long,
adjacent to a residential area.
In summer, waves at this beach are usually the most gentle
of all San Diego beaches, although rip currents may still be strong at times.
For this reason, many novice scuba classes are held at La Jolla Shores.
Kellogg Park, a grassy area, is located behind the main lifeguard station
and is ideal for picnicking.
A wide cement boardwalk parallels a portion of the beach between the park and the sand.
La Jolla Shores lies adjacent to the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Ecological Reserve.
Fishing and removal of objects from this area is prohibited. At the north end of this beach
lies the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Scripps Pier.
The pier is not open to the public,
but the Steven Birch Aquarium is within 1/2 mile of La Jolla Shores and is open daily.
La Jolla Shores has the only beachfront boat launch within City limits.
Small vessels can be launched directly into the surf at the foot of Avenida de la Playa,
approximately 300 yards south of the lifeguard station.
This is an unimproved boat launch and vehicles are allowed
to drive on the sand in a very limited area at five miles per hour or less. Four wheel drive is highly recommended.
This beach has separate water areas reserved for swimming and surfing. Check with lifeguards for details.
Surfing is permitted in specified areas and waves tend to be relatively small.
The south end of the beach near the foot of Vallecitos is heavily used by scuba diving classes.
There is a submarine canyon off the beach and the protection offered by the San Diego La Jolla Ecological Reserve ensures the presence of sea life.
Restrooms and Showers:
Public restroom and showers are located 100 yards north and south of the main lifeguard tower.
Call San Diego Transit at (619) 233-3004 for buses that serve this beach.
A 350 space parking lot (8 disabled spaces) can be found at the foot of Calle Frescota
next to the lifeguard tower. In summer, this lot fills to capacity by mid-day. Limited on street parking may be available.