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La Jolla Shores Park

Relax, play and learn in a setting that is a very popular tourist destination. Surfers and other locals enjoy the park as well.

Soft white sand, warm sea breezes and constant activity on the beach of southern California’s La Jolla Shores Park will entice you to be a part of this scene. In the 1-mile-long (1.6-kilometer) stretch of beach along the Pacific Ocean, you’ll discover a lot to do. Visit La Jolla Shores Park to let the kids enjoy themselves on the lifeguarded sands or at the nearby playground.

Learn to surf, hiring professional instructors to teach your family how to ride the waves. Because the ocean bottom is sandy, the fear of falling is greatly reduced. If the kids have other interests, introduce them to Kellogg Park’s playground bordering the beach. It is stocked with enough equipment to keep them entertained.

Skate up and down the boardwalk or look for marine life in tidal pools along the coast. This portion of the beach ends at Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, which is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Take a selfie photograph under Scripps Pier among the tall pilings. This unique setting is one of the most popular areas on the beach for photography. The pier is an important scientific area measuring ocean and climate changes.

Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding are frequent activities at La Jolla Shores Park. Don’t be surprised if you’re accompanied by one or more leopard sharks when swimming. These animals are harmless and use the area as a breeding ground.

At the northern end of La Jolla Shores Beach is an attractive walking route paralleling the Pacific coast with lots of photo opportunities for watery scenes. This area extends to the 300-foot (90-meter) cliffs of Torrey Pines State Beach. Find beaches in abundance along this stretch, including Black’s Beach, which has a section that is popular among nudists.  

The beach is well equipped with showers and restrooms. Free parking is available at the lot in La Jolla Shores Park or on the street. Come early, particularly in the warmer months, to get a parking space close to where you want to settle in.

Find the beach north of downtown La Jolla on Calle Frescota off La Jolla Shores Drive.

Reclining on a beach doing not much at all sure is nice, but there's nothing like having a go at awesome new experiences on your vacation!

Heard about a Private Surfing Lesson? Consider buying one. This awesome activity deserves to be at the very top of your must-do list.

For more things to do, check out our La Jolla Shores Park things to do page.


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8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this La Jolla Shores hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Jolla Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. La Jolla Cove and Birch Aquarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Perfect for 2 or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park and Ocean Views. Steps to Sand
    Perfect for 2 or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park and Ocean Views. Steps to Sand

    Perfect for 2 or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park and Ocean Views. Steps to Sand

    La Jolla, CA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly La Jolla vacation home is located on the beach, just steps from La Jolla Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. La Jolla Cove and Birch Aquarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Luxury Beachfront Home. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand
      Luxury Beachfront Home. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand

      Luxury Beachfront Home. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand

      La Jolla, CA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this La Jolla Shores vacation home is just steps from La Jolla Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. University of California-San Diego and La Jolla Cove are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        Lux at La Jolla Shores, Your Luxury Destination.!

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        La Jolla, CA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly La Jolla villa is located on the waterfront, just steps from La Jolla Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. La Jolla Cove and Birch Aquarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Oceanview La Jolla Shores Clean, 5 Bedroom Home - Hot Tub - Steps to Beach!
          Oceanview La Jolla Shores Clean, 5 Bedroom Home - Hot Tub - Steps to Beach!

          Oceanview La Jolla Shores Clean, 5 Bedroom Home - Hot Tub - Steps to Beach!

          La Jolla, CA
             
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            Located in La Jolla Shores, this romantic vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of La Jolla Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. La Jolla Cove and Birch Aquarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Ideal La Jolla Shores Location ? Ocean Views, HOT Tub, Clean, Steps to Beach
            Ideal La Jolla Shores Location ? Ocean Views, HOT Tub, Clean, Steps to Beach

            Ideal La Jolla Shores Location ? Ocean Views, HOT Tub, Clean, Steps to Beach

            La Jolla, CA
               
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              Located in La Jolla Shores, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Jolla Beach, La Jolla Shores Park, and Birch Aquarium. La Jolla Cove and University of California-San Diego are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              20% OFF OCT - Mid-Century Home w/ Ocean Views, Fire Pit, Steps to Sand+Shops
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              La Jolla, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in La Jolla Shores, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Jolla Beach, La Jolla Shores Park, and Birch Aquarium. University of California-San Diego and La Jolla Cove are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Wonderful La Jolla Shores Home With View!
                Wonderful La Jolla Shores Home With View!

                Wonderful La Jolla Shores Home With View!

                La Jolla, CA
                   
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                  Located in La Jolla Shores, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Jolla Beach, La Jolla Shores Park, and Birch Aquarium. La Jolla Cove and University of California-San Diego are also within 3 mi (5 km).