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La Jolla Shores, San Diego, California

8200 Camino del Oro, San Diego, California

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  • Visited: August 2012
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
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Perfect mix of playground, beach and leopard shark adventures

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During the summer, hundreds of harmless leopard sharks gather in the area in front of the Marine Room restaurant at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Bring goggles or snorkels to see them more clearly; it's an experience of a lifetime.

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Submitted by: Christina K.

Everytime I come to this beach I feel blessed to live so close to La Jolla Shores. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in San Diego. I like coming here on the less crowded days when parking is not hard to find and the beach is not filled with tons of people and I do not have to put my beach towel near fly-infested seaweed. The sand is soft and grainy. The ocean is clean and clear. The sunset view is breathtaking. They have lots of pits for bonfires. If you want a bonfire on a weekend, you better stake out ALL DAY! I've heard some people come at 6am just to stake out the bonfire on a Friday. I've done a bonfire on a weekday and it was perfectly fine. Not crowded or busy. On summer weekends, parking is har...

Submitted by: Molly F.

I was invited down from my hometown Huntington Beach to this park for a summer birthday get-together and I must say I am baffled as to why it scores so high with other Yelpers.  Based on the parking and few showers available, my guess is that this beach was developed just for the local community, but has since been discovered by UCSD students and people as far away as LA, so in the summertime this is officially a hangout for both locals and whoever else unfortunately takes its 4.5-star rating seriously on Yelp. PROs: -Yes, there is a free parking lot right by the sand, and judging by other reviews, this is the biggest draw for the beach.  Don't expect to actually get a spot in it, though---from what I unders...

Submitted by: Molly B.

I prefer beaches that are surrounded by nature over beaches surrounded by cities/burbs. La Jolla Shores is an exception. The parking can be kind of frustrating, but if you can't find anything close and are willing to walk a few blocks you should be OK. Is it possible for a beach to feel cozy?  That is kind of the feeling it gives me.  There is sort of a neighborhood park vibe going on.  People are friendly and all just doing their thing.  The waves roll in full of novice surfers or those who want to chill and not showing everyone what a badass they are.  There is a swimming area where the kids can swim without worrying about getting slammed in the head by a surfboard. My last glimpse of this beach is one tha...

Submitted by: Kevin W.

Went here to do some wind surfing and let me tell you this is not the place. It's a killer beach though. Wat...

Submitted by: Kathy W.

The beach is nice and very family friendly. At the same time it is suitable to surfers and those who want to boogie board. Unlike Huntington Beach, the distance from the shore to the sand is a lot shorter. Also while boogie boarding it was easy to get pushed away from the boogie boarding area by the tide. The life guards did a great job of helping people back to the boogie boarding side. if you're lucky they may rescue you and put you on the surf board and bring you back to shore. Parking may be difficult. Make sure the driver knows how to parallel park because that's the only parking available. Remember to turn your wheels away from the curb if you are parking upward on the hill. Great beach to check out. I...

Submitted by: Julia P.

I made the mistake of coming here on the 4th of July and it was quite a scene.  It took us forever and a day to find parking in a nearby neighborhood and we had an even harder time finding an empty space to lay down our towels.  The sand was dirtier than I expected after going to Black's Beach the day before, but the water was the perfect temp...

Submitted by: Nick W.

This beach is really nice.     Now, when you first get there, there won't always be parking, but there will be parking on the streets, which aren't very far away from the beach.   The beach tends to get crowded really quickly, so you want to get there early, especially if you are holding a bonfire.  You should get there around 8am.   The firepits there are really nice and well, big enough even for you to share.   The beach has showers and toilets and also has nice fields to play on. There are also picnic tables and grills so you can enjoy some burgers.   The water is very nice there and they also have lifeguards on duty for the most part.  They do divide the beach up because it is an okay place to surf as we...

Submitted by: Maria D.

If I lived within any sort of reasonable driving distance to this beach I would have every family party possible here. Grassy area for BBQs, a nice long sandy beach with plenty of room even on a crowded day, close enough to civilization you can walk to a market, but not overrun with overpriced beach vendors. I wish I could comment on the water, but sadly I spent almost our entire time there cleaning each single grain of sand off my neurotic toddler. Turns out sand is not fun for him, at all. My misguided attempts to make him enjoy it probably made it worse and we spent the next YEAR doing occupational therapy to get him near a sandbox. Yeah. I also have an awesome foto of him standing on one foot in the sand...

Submitted by: Jeff G.

I've been coming here since I was a kid.  In fact, every time I come here, I still feel like a kid, especially when my friends and I start a bonfire.  I'm not sure if San Diego's budget still allows for bonfire pits, but it would definitely be a shame if this San Diego beach tradition went up in flames...


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