La Jolla Shores Beach

Type: Active, Beaches, Outdoor Activities



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There is so much to do here that it's hard to begin and the beach overall is less crowded in fall. It's one of the best beaches to learn surfing, scuba and stand-up-paddle boarding because of the...  Read More


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  • Things to Do in Fall: "They have a big lot for parking, a kids' playground and a huge grassy area for picnics, too."
  • Things to Do with Kids: "Surf Diva in La Jolla Shores will teach kids ages 5 and up how to surf. Parking can get hectic during the summer so get their early to avoid."
  • Free Things to Do: "The big (free) parking lot can get crowded on weekends and peak times to get here early."
  • Beaches: "Parking is tough when the weather is nice, but just get there early. Dogs are allowed on leashes in the morning and evenings (time varies by season)."
  • Outdoor Activities: "This is an excellent place to learn how to surf or kayak the La Jolla Caves."
  • Best for Things to Do in Fall Because: It's still possible to use the beach in the fall! The water is colder but kayak tours, surfing and more still happen regularly here.
  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: There's plenty of flat sand, waves to surf, an underwater park to explore and then some.
  • Best for Free Things to Do, Outdoor Activities Because: It's one of San Diego's nicest beaches, has a playground for young kids and allows dogs in the evening and early mornings.
  • Best for Beaches Because: Go here for water sports like surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba. Kids love the playground and there's plenty of white sand for lounging, too.

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