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Torrey Pines State Beach

General:
Torrey Pines State Beach is a beautiful, 4 1-2 mile beach backed by sandstone cliffs and is uncrowded, and a popular area for swimming, surfing, fishing, and picknicking. There is a safe spot for kids to play by the lagoon, and a picnic area near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road. In the early part of the day there are mostly body boarders and surfers present. Hiking: there are miles of walking paths along the bluffs at Torrey Pines State Beach. These hiking trails take visitors through the reserve among the Torrey pines (one of the rarest varieties of pine in the world), wildflowers, and other plants and animals with panoramic views of the ocean.

Activities:
Swimming, surfing, picnicking, nature walks, hiking.

Facilities:
Lifeguard are located approximately every one mile, in full service during the Summer.
Restrooms are available on top of the reserve and down on the beach. Showers are located at the bottom of the cliffs.

Location / Directions:
Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve
N Torrey Pines Road   La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 755-2063
Torrey Pines State Beach is located at North Torrey Pines Road. From I-5, take the Carmel Valley Road exit, westbound.

Parking:

North Parking Lot:
The North parking lot is located off of Carmel Valley Road and McGonigle. Beach access: park your car and walk past the restrooms where you will see the walkway down to the beach.

South Parking Lot:
The South parking lot is located off of Camino Del Mar (Old Highway 101) towards the end of Torrey Pines beach. Beach access: park your car and walk west down onto the beach.

Roadside Parking:
There is roadside parking located along Camino Del Mar (Old Highway 101), both to the North of Carmel Valley Road (pay parking) and to the South of the bridge. Beach access: park your vehicle and walk South until you reach the intersection of Carmel Valley Road and Camino Del Mar (Old Highway 101). The beach access is a small dirt trail that meanders down the cliff to the beach.

Top of the bluffs:
Enter the park itself, pay a parking fee, drive your car to the top of the cliffs and hike down. Park only in designated parking lots. Stopping on road shoulders within the reserve is not permitted.

Other:
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
Dogs are prohibited anywhere within the reserve and beach boundaries (even within a vehicle or on a leash).
Torrey Pines is a state park and it is illegal to pick wildflowers or take pinecones; state law protects all natural or historic features. Bicycles and dogs are not allowed on trails. There is a huge list of rules--too numerous to mention here.

Nearby:
Museum and visitor center (built in 1923) on top of the reserve.


Torrey Pines City/State Beach: Blacks Beach

General:
A two mile long, sandy strip formally known as Torrey Pines City/State Beach, located at the base of 300-foot high cliffs which are unstable and slides can occur without warning. Because of this situation, access is difficult. The best route to Black's is via adjacent beaches north and south of Black's at low tide. The south end of this beach is excellent for surfing and is know as one of the most powerful breaks in Southern California. This area is for the highly experienced surfer, only. On top of it, water activity is not separated, as surfers and swimmers mix it up. Also beware of rip currents. Scuba diving in this area is not recommended because of the surf conditions and access difficulty. Access to this beach includes a 1-mile walk from any parking lot.

Black's Beach is best known as a "nude beach." Some patrons of Black's Beach practice nudism on the State side (about a mile north of the trail leading to the gliderport). This practice is not officially sanctioned, and may be disallowed very soon.

Activities:
Swimming, surfing, sunbathing, total sunbathing.

Facilities:
Lifeguards are usually on duty mid-day from Spring break through the end of October. When lifeguards are not on duty, due to the remoteness of this beach and the difficult access, lifeguard assistance may take twenty minutes or more to arrive.
No restrooms at the beach
Portable restrooms at the top of the cliffs next to the Glider Port.
Restrooms at Torrey Pines State Beach, to the north.
Restrooms La Jolla Shores, to the south

Location / Directions:
Black's Beach
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Road - La Jolla, CA 92037

1) Directions and Parking:

To Torrey Pines State Beach & walk south 1 mile:
From the north, take Interstate 5 south to Carmel Valley Road. West on Carmel Valley Road to Pacific Coast Highway. South on Pacific Coast Highway to Torrey Pines State Beach. A paid parking lot is available with 450 spaces, and includes eight disabled parking spaces.

Beach Access: Walk south from this lot approximately one mile using caution regarding the unstable cliffs above and tidal conditions which may obstruct passage.

2) Directions and Parking:

To La Jolla Shores & walk north 1 mile:
From the south, take Interstate 5 north to La Jolla Parkway. Take a right at the intersection of La Jolla Shores Drive and a left on Calle Frescota to the free public parking lot at La Jolla Shores. The free public parking lot at La Jolla Shores includes 350 spaces, with eight disabled parking spaces.

Beach Access: Walk north one mile, use caution regarding the unstable cliffs above and tidal conditions which may obstruct passage.

Other:
NO fires
NO Alcohol State side (north)
Alcohol OK City side (south) between 12 noon and 8 pm
Nudity prohibited on the City side (south)
Nudity tolerated on the State side (about a mile north of the trail head leading to the gliderport) but this may be in the process of change.
Check Nudity status: www.blacksbeach.org


La Jolla Submarine Canyon

General:
The canyon reaches almost to the beach and can be accessed from shore at La Jolla Shores, a well-known dive and swimming area, located at the foot of Valecitos St. Submarine canyon is a large and very deep submarine canyon system with two branches that climb from the abyss to just within reach of shore. A short swim from the beach, you will see a set of buoys marking the approximate location of the upper reaches of the canyon. Within the canyon lies a fascinating ecosystem and vast schools of Opalescent Squid, drawing a vast array of fish, halibut, skates, rays, crabs, sharks and invertebrates. Toward the canyon edge, the bottom drops off quite steep, becoming nearly vertical in places within the scuba zone, eventually dropping off to depths well beyond the scuba zone.

Location / Directions:
Just north of Scripps Pier, off La Jolla Cove.
Beach access from La Jolla Shores at Valecitos St.


Scripps Pier

General:

The Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier is generally closed to the public. The pier is used by scientists, students and aquarium staff for a variety of research projects. It also serves as a platform to collect local marine life and deploy small boats and oceanographic instruments.


La Jolla Shores Beach & Kellog Park

General:
A dream beach, and the most popular beach for families. It's flat, wide, nearly a mile long, and the gentle summer waves are fantastic for swimming, novice surfers, and beginning scuba divers. Even better, the surfers are separated from the swimmers. Scuba diving is particularly popular at the south end of the beach while the offshore caves there attract kayaking enthusiasts from all over. Check out the tidepools at low tide. Have a picnic at Kellog Park behind the main lifeguard station. Take a walk, bicycle ride, jog or rollerblade along the boardwalk. There is even a playground for the kiddies at the south end of the beach.

La Jolla Shores Hotel
La Jolla Shores Hotel

Activities:
Swimming, Sunbathing, Surfing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Picnicking, Playground

Facilities:
Lifeguard (9am - dusk)
Restrooms & Showers - 100 yards north & south of the main lifeguard tower.
Playground - south end of the beach
Picnic tables in the nearby park
Fire Rings (first come, first serve)

Location / Directions:
8200 Camino del Oro - La Jolla, CA 92037

From I-5 south, exit at La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left at Torrey Pines Road and follow it to La Jolla Shores Drive.

From I-5 north, exit at La Jolla Parkway. Take a right at La Jolla Shores Drive, a left at Avenida de la Playa, and a right on Camino del Oro.

Parking:
A 350 space parking lot (with 8 disabled spaces) can be found at the foot of Calle Frescota next to the lifeguard tower. Limited free street parking may be available. Paid parking is located nearby. Beach is handicap accessible.

Nearby:
Kellogg Park: This large grassy park located behind the mail lifeguard station provides ample space for children to run and play. There is an excellent playground near the boardwalk about 75 yards south of the Lifeguard Station. Idea for sober family picnics as food is allowed, but no glass containers or alcohol. There are several restrooms with showers at this site.
Boardwalk: A wide cement boardwalk runs parallel to a portion of the beach between the park and the sand. Great for walking, jogging, rollerblading and bicycling.
Playground area at south end of the beach

Other:
NO alcohol
NO glass containers
Leashed pets allowed between 6pm - 9pm
NO fires outside of provided fire rings
PROHIBITED: taking or possession of sea life or artifacts.
This beach has separate water areas reserved for swimming and surfing.
Free beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come basis. The boardwalk is accessible to the disabled.


La Jolla Caves

General:
There are several La Jolla Caves carved by nature into the sandstone cliffs between La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores that attract ocean kayakers from around the world. Just off La Jolla Cove is Submarine Canyon. This area is popular for serious diving. Diving classes take place here, also. One fascinating cave know as "Sunny Jim Cave" is entered via a man-made tunnel, down a steep descent through a narrow underground tup that leads to a wooden deck.

Location:
Between La Jolla Cove & La Jolla Shores, North of Scripps Pier.


La Jolla Cove

General:
La Jolla Cove is a very small beach below steep sandstone cliffs. The beach sand is quite coarse, however it is a world famous dive site, teeming with marine life, and the best location for snorkeling in San Diego. The Cove is great for swimming due to the calm water and the no surfing policy. This makes it suitable for children and beginners. The swimming area extends out about a half-mile. Great for long-distance swimmers. Above the beach, next to Coast Blvd are walking trails with great views. La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beach in San Diego.

La Jolla Cove Suites
La Jolla Cove Suites

Activities:
Swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, picnicking
The waters off this beach are reserved for swimming and diving only.

Facilities:
Lifeguards are on duty year-round.
Restrooms & showers are located in Scripps Park above the beach.
The beach itself is not wheelchair accessible.

Location / Directions:
La Jolla Cove
1100 Coast Blvd - La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Cove is located between La Jolla Shores Beach and Children’s Pool.

From I-5 south, exit La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Rd to Prospect Street. Turn right on Prospect, then bear right on Coast Blvd.

From I-5 north, exit La Jolla Parkway, which will become Torrey Pines Road. Continue on Torrey Pines Road to the intersection at Prospect Street. Turn right on Prospect, then bear right on Coast Blvd.

Parking:
There is no public parking lot at the Cove. Metered street parking is limited to 3 hours on weekdays, and unlimited on weekends. Paid lots are available in downtown La Jolla, a short walk to the beach. Access is via 2 sets of concrete stairs. Not many steps, but quite steep. Not wheelchair accessible.

Other:
No fires
No glass containers
Alcohol permitted between 12 noon and 8 pm
PROHIBITED: motor craft, kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, flotation devices and inflatable water recreation toys.
Marine life is reserve protected and strictly enforced.
No fishing or collecting of marine invertebrates, including dead specimens or shells.
Spears of any type are not allowed.

Nearby:
Scripps Park, located on the bluffs just above the beach is a grassy area perfect for picnics.
Wheelchair accessible.

 
Boomers Beach

General:
Just south of La Jolla Cove, Boomers is de place for body-surfing.


Shell Beach

General:
South of the Cove, just above the Children's Pool, a stairway at the south end of the park leads to Shell Beach, a steep, sloping beach good for secluded sunbathing. Here you can see Seal Rock, where California Grey Seals congregate when the tide is low and the surf is down. At high tide when Seal Rock is awash, you'll see the seals lounging all over the small sand beach inside the breakwall at The Children's Pool. At low tide you will find tide pools to explore. Board sports are not allowed here and the reef comes up to the shoreline, so not good for swimming.


Facilities:

Lifeguards are on duty.

The nearest restrooms and showers are at the Children's Pool.

Shell Beach Guest Apts >

Shell Beach Guest Apartments

Location:
On Coast Boulevard, between Girard and Jenner Streets. 250 yards south of La Jolla Cove, between Children's Pool and Boomer Beach.


Children’s Pool

General:
Children's Pool (AKA Seal Beach)
850 Coast Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92037
(619) 235-1169  INFO

Children's Pool - AKA Seal Beach - La Jolla CA STATUS: Still open to humans. This area is commonly called "Seal Beach." Seals aren’t always friendly or sanitary -- the water here has tested high for coliform bacteria at times. The public is allowed on the sand except December 15 thru May 15. There is constant controversy because of the seals. For current beach information, contact the San Diego Park and Recreation at (619) 235-1169.


South Casa Beach

General:
The tiny beach on the south side of the Children's Pool is South Casa Beach. This area can be hazardous for swimming due to the rocks and churning water. There are small caves on the beach, but they're often choked with seaweed and other flotsam. Be cautious when exploring them, as they can be dangerous. Adult supervision is advised at this beach.

Location / Directions:
at Coast Blvd, south of Children's Pool.
Take I-5 South, exit La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road to Prospect Street and turn right. Watch for the signs and bear right on Coast Boulevard.

Take I-5 north, exit La Jolla Parkway. Continue on as it becomes Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the signalized intersection at Prospect Street and turn right. Watch for the signs and bear right on Coast Boulevard.

Facilities: Bathrooms

Parking: Limited on-street parking at La Jolla Cove.


Wipeout

General:
A slightly larger beach south of the tiny South Casa Beach is called Wipeout. This area can be also hazardous for swimming due to all the rocks, and the fast moving water. The small caves located along the shoreline are fascinating, but are usually choked with flotsam and seaweed. Exploring the caves can be dangerous, so use caution if you decide to investigate. Good place to get a tan.

Location:
South of Children's Pool, just below South Casa Beach


Hospitals Beach / Reef

General:
Going south from Wipeout beach, when you reach a narrow grassy park, you’ve arrived at Hospitals Reef. This area is popular for local surfers. It's a great reef, but a very poor beack. There are plenty of tide pools to explore when the tide is out. If you enjoy searching for unique seashells and sea creatures, this is a wonderful place to comb. When the tide is in, Hospitals is the best place to scuba dive in the San Diego area. The undersea ledges are home to thousands of lobsters and the dramatic underwater arches are awesome.


Whispering Sands

General:
Surf or just chill in the sand at Whispering Sands Beach. At high tide there is very little beach, if any.

Location / Directions:
Coast at Ravina Street (one of the nearby streets)

From I-5 southbound, exit La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the intersection at Prospect Street and turn right on Prospect. Watch for the signs and bear right on Coast Boulevard. The beach is at the end of Coast Blvd as the street turns to the left.

From I-5 northbound, exit La Jolla Parkway. Continue on as it becomes Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the intersection at Prospect Street and turn right on Prospect. Watch for the signs and bear right on Coast Boulevard. The beach is at the end of Coast Blvd as the street turns to the left.

Facilities: Bathrooms

Parking: Limited on-street parking.


Horseshoes Beach

General:
South of Whispering Sands and Hospitals, Horseshoes Beach is a great surfing beach along with Windansea.


Marine Street Beach

General:
Marine Street Beach is actually one of the prettiest, whitest beach, most scenic beaches in San Diego. Unfortunately it is not ideal for families. The surf is rough, breaking hard on shore, and there are no public restrooms or picnic areas. The beach tends to draws the younger crowd and body surfers & boarders. There is a rock reef at each end of the beach (Horseshoe Reef to the north, Simmons Reef to the south) where the water is usually crystal clear, and great for snorkeling. For more privacy and stunning scenery, come early in the morning or evening for a stroll along the beach.

Activities:
Body surfing, Body-boarding
NOTE: The rough waves at this beach have been known to cause serious injury to swimmers and body boarders. Beware!

Facilities:
Lifeguards (during the summer and on peak weekends during the spring and fall)
NO restrooms / NO showers / NO no drinking fountains

Location / Directions:
At the foot Marine Street four blocks west of La Jolla Boulevard.
From I-5 north, exit La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road. Head down the hill into downtown La Jolla. Turn left on Girard Ave, then right on Pearl Street. Turn Left at La Jolla Blvd, then right on Marine Street.

From I-5 south, exit at Genessee Ave, westbound. Left on Torrey Pines Road. Head down the hill into downtown La Jolla. Turn left on Girard Ave, then right on Pearl Street. Turn Left at La Jolla Blvd, then right on Marine Street.

Parking:
Limited street parking within residential neighborhoods.

Other:
NO Alcohol
NO Glass containers
NO camping allowed
Leashed dogs permitted before 9am and after 6pm


WindanSea

General:
Sandstone cliffs, sandy beach, beautiful scenery, and incredible surf breaks created by underwater reefs. This area is recommended for experienced surfers. Novice surfers should try La Jolla Shores instead. Swimmers and body surfers should enter and exit the water carefully to prevent spinal injuries. Windansea has separate surfing and swimming areas. Parents should use caution with small children playing at the shoreline. The surf at WindanSea often breaks very hard directly on the shore. This is not a great beach for scuba diving, due primarily to the shorebreak.

Sandstone rocks act as partitions along the beach offering a secluded atmosphere for sunbathing. The north end of the beach is fairly rocky and the south is sandier, good for a nice walk along the water’s edge. You can also enjoy a picnic in the grass next to the beach.

Activities:
Swimming, surfing, sunbathing.
Separate areas are reserved for swimming and surfing.

Facilities:
Lifeguards: generally from 9am to dusk.
NO restrooms
NO showers

Location / Directions:
6800 Neptune Place La Jolla, CA 92037
at Neptune Place and Bonair Street

From I-5 southbound, exit La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to Pearl Street and turn right. Turn left on La Jolla Boulevard. Turn right on Nautilus at the signal.

From I-5 northbound, exit La Jolla Parkway. Continue on as it becomes Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to Pearl Street and turn right. Turn left on La Jolla Blvd. Turn right on Nautilus at the signal.

Parking:
The public parking lot has only 18 spaces. Free street parking in residential area.

Other:
NO fires
NO glass containers
NO Disabled Access
Alcohol is permitted on the beach from 12 noon to 8pm. Alcohol is prohibited in parking lots, adjacent walkways, and grassy parks adjacent to the beach.


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