Referred to as “The Jewel” of San Diego, La Jolla features fine homes, excellent dining and shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive. but the real jewels in La Jolla are the beaches, which are freely available for locals & visitors. The La Jolla coastline varies dramatically – from 300 foot cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, to rocky reefs, to golden-sandy coves, exploring La Jolla’s beaches is an adventurous and inspiring experience.
La Jolla Shores is a mile of prime sand beach favored by active beach-goers. Anchored by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography pier, La Jolla Shores is a busy swimming area popular among families and surfers alike. Shielded by La Jolla Bay, it is also used as a launching area for scuba diving and kayaking. At night area is alive with the glow of beach fires and the nervous energy of young adults socializing.
La Jolla Cove is the north facing point on the seaward end of the cliffs, forming a small deep-water bay. The cliffs are riddled with sea caves, fascinating to kayakers who paddle over from La Jolla Shores Beach. La Jolla Cove itself has a fine (abiet small) beach – on busy summer days, visitor and locals flock to the area for swimming and snorkeling afforded by The Cove’s sheltered waters and abundance of bright orange Garibaldi fish and other tame marine life (no fishing of any kind is allowed). Scuba divers and ocean swimmers use The Cove as a safe point of entry and exit. No surfboards, boogie boards or rafts of any kind are allowed. There is an excellent grass park adjacent to The Cove with bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, a paved pedestrian walkway and several public gazebos.