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  • University of California
  • 9500 Gilman Drive - La Jolla
  • California 92093 - United States
  • (858) 246-5511
  • https://scripps.ucsd.edu/

One of San Diego's most popular beaches

From atop a small hill in one of La Jolla's residential areas, we look down upon the start of Prospect Street, La Jolla's business district. The freeway is about 1 mile to the right of this picture, there is a road starting along the coast here that takes you down to The Cove beach.

The Cove beach is world famous for its dramatic beauty, rich tidepools, and close access to world-class diving. The ocean shelf drops off quickly here to reveal underwater treasures, and the park above has the rare Torrey Pine trees to shade your picnic.

One of La Jolla's unique sites found standing on the sea wall surrounding Childrens Pool. When a storm hits, the waves crash and thrill you. On calm days, the seals do the thrilling, since this beach has become a protected area for them. The background is the park overlooking The Cove, the business district is to the right.

The downtown village of La Jolla rests above sea level. The cliffs are not too high, but very dramatic, and the waves can be dangerous.

Southern California has it all: a temperate climate, the mountains, the desert, and a spectacular coastline. La Jolla's oceanfront setting is one of the most striking along the West Coast and attracts visitors from all over the world. Its seclusion and serenity caters to the pedestrian and provides for an enchanting visit. From the waves breaking at La Jolla Shores to the unique Cave Shop on the water at La Jolla Cove to the historical La Valencia Hotel in the heart of the business district, there is never a shortage of things to see and do.

The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and the La Jolla Playhouse at UCSD are among the many La Jolla attractions. Being only 20 minutes from downtown San Diego offers a multitude of fascinating and adventurous day trips to Mexico, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, Lego Land and Disneyland.

Tourists and business travelers as well as locals bask in the sun along our sandy shores, snorkel in La Jolla Cove, body surf at Boomers Beach and board surf at La Jolla Shores. You can picnic at Ellen Browning Scripps Park overlooking the ocean and stroll along the cliffs in the evening. Picturesque north La Jolla boasts of beautiful palm tree-lined streets and one of San Diego's most popular beaches. Swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers flock to this beach in the summer because of its two mile white sandy shoreline. Just south of La Jolla is more of paradise, Bird Rock and Windansea Beach, a renowned West Coast surfing spot. Surfing is excellent year-round, with the big surf in the fall. Just south of La Jolla is more paradise at Bird Rock with its tide pools and Windansea Beach a renowned surfing spot. Surfing is year-round with the big surf in the winter when you will need a wetsuit.

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