La Jolla Beaches

The seaside resort community of La Jolla California is one of the wealthier communities in San Diego, and the La Jolla beaches have a lot to do with the reason real estate here is so expensive. The beaches in La Jolla are simply some of the most beautiful beaches in all of California, and it doesn’t hurt that the weather here is utterly ideal. The mostly-rugged La Jolla California coastline gives way to sandy havens that are about as scenic as it gets, and come sundown, many residents and visitors flock to the shoreline to watch the sun set. Sometimes during the sunsets here, you will be treated to what’s known as a Green Flash, which is when a green spot hovers over the setting sun for a brief time. Green Rays are also sometimes witnessed from the La Jolla beaches, and they are basically rays of a greenish hue that shoot up from the point on the horizon where the sun is setting. Both are rare, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for them.

Torrey Pines State Reserve
Torrey Pines State Reserve

There are more than a handful of idyllic beaches in La Jolla, and among the more notable ones are La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, Blacks Beach, Childrens Pool, the Torrey Pines State Beach, and Windansea Beach. Regardless of which on of these La Jolla beaches that you visit, you will be in for a special treat. You might want to make a note of the fact that Blacks Beach is a nudist beach, however, and so it will not be an ideal destination for some. That being said, you certainly won’t want to forget your beach-related articles when visiting La Jolla, and more often than not, that includes little more than a towel, a bathing suit, some flip flops, and some sunblock. Among the top things to do on the beaches in La Jolla is walking, as the sights are breathtaking and provide plenty to look at while you stroll. Swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing are also popular pursuits when it comes to enjoying the beaches here. Some of the La Jolla beaches are better than others when it comes to such endeavors.

La Jolla Beaches
La Jolla Beaches

For those who want to swim, scuba dive, or snorkel at one of the La Jolla beaches, La Jolla Cove is an ideal fit. Because this beach is part of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park, however, you are not allowed to use various water equipment here, which includes things like boogie boards and inner tubes. Try to smuggle anything like that into the waters here, and you are bound to get the attention of more than one lifeguard. Fishing and the collection of marine invertebrates here is also extremely frowned upon and might result in prosecution on various levels. Though La Jolla Cove doesn’t boast the best sand in the world, it is a beautiful beach that is worth the visit. La Jolla Shores is another La Jolla California beach worth checking out when in town, and this mile-long stretch of sand rests just below an eponymous residential development. La Jolla Shores is found just north of La Jolla Cove and just south of Blacks Beach. It is considered to be one of the top beaches in the land, and in addition to the scenic Scripps Pier. It also boasts a boat launch where kayakers often enter the Pacific Ocean.

As for Blacks Beach, it is not entirely a nude beach, as some parts are found within the city limits. The nudist-friendly sections of Blacks Beach are found within state park boundaries, so you can decide which portions that you want to visit accordingly. The cliffs that back Blacks Beach not only provide cover for naturists, but they also help to create an attractive natural setting. It’s not uncommon to see people hang gliding in the area, and they use the cliffs as take off points. Not far from Blacks Beach in La Jolla is the Torrey Pines State Beach, which is part of the Torrey Pines State Reserve. This reserve features some of the most rugged and wild land in all of southern California, and when you’re not taking to the eight miles of trails in the reserve, hanging out at the Torrey Pines State Beach is recommended. Backed by cliffs as well, this beach is scenic. In addition to being a great place to swim and bodyboard, it is also a good location for surfing. Limited free parking can be found near the Torrey Pines State Beach, which is true of most of the other beaches in La Jolla as well.

Childrens Pool and Windansea Beach are the other two La Jolla beaches that are previously mentioned in this article, and if you have time to visit them as well during your trip to La Jolla California, you should consider doing so. Children Pool Beach is known for being a hangout for seals, which are protected, so if you like wildlife viewing, they are worth a look. Scuba diving and swimming are among the favorite human activities at Childrens Pool, and chances are good that you will share the water with the seals from time to time. The seals’ pupping season lasts from mid-January to mid-April, and since seals are extremely protective of their offspring, it is recommended that children steer clear of Childrens Pool. As for Windansea Beach, it does not boast the relatively calm waters that Childrens Pool does, and as such, it is one of the best beaches in La Jolla for surfing.

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