There is no shortage of scenic beauty at the La Jolla beaches. There are gorgeous coves for snorkeling and small sandy beaches for surfing or just watching the waves.
Torrey Pines State Beach is at the north end of La Jolla and is a part of the torrey Pines State Reserve. A trail leads down to the beach from the visitor's center.
Black's Beach is a famous beach where clothing is scarce. There is a parking lot high on the bluffs by the Glider Port. The trail is steep down to the beach, but at low tide, you can get there by walking in from neighboring Torrey State Beach.
Scripp's Beach is found next to the Scripps research pier at the Institution of Oceanography. There are tide pools where you may look but don't touch. You can park near Kellogg Park and walk to it.
La Jolla Shores is the large main beach where you can enjoy all sorts of beach activities. People surf, swim, kayak and fish here. There are lifeguards and restrooms. There's lots of sand, but Kellogg Park offers grass and picnic areas. La Jolla Shores Hotel is on the beach and there is also a waterfront restaurant there.
La Jolla Cove is famous with snorkelers. It's a very small beach, so there's not much room to lay out on a towel, but the main activity is being in the water anyway, cruising around with the fish. The water is clear, especially on a sunny day. The bright orange Garibaldi are just one of the types of fish you can observe here.
Children's Pool is another small beach, mainly for gazing at the seals lounging around on the sand.
Marine Street Beach is enjoyed by surfers and body surfers. When the water is very calm, divers enjoy Horseshoe Reef.
Windansea Beach is at the bottom of a nice little neighborhood and is popular with surfers, but the sand isn't crowded. It's a really lovely place to spend some quality beach time, especially at sunset.
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