Located at 8200 Camino del Oro, La Jolla Shores is a sandy beach around a mile long, adjacent to a residential dwelling. During the summer months, the waves at this beach are normally the most gentle of all San Diego beaches, although the rip currents can be very strong at times.
For this very reason, novice scuba classes are held at La Jolla Shores. The grassy park of Kellogg Park is located behind the main lifeguard station and provides an excellent area for picnicking. A wide cement boardwalk parallels a large area of the beach between the sand and the park.
The beach of La Jolla Shores is adjacent to the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Ecological Reserve. The removal of objects from this area as well as fishing are prohibited. The Scripps Pier lies at the north end of the beach, although the pier isn’t open to the public.
Within the City limits, La Jolla Shores has the only beachfront boat launch. Small boats can be launched directly into the surf at foot of Avenida de la Playa, which is south of the lifeguard station. This can be a rough terrain area, so you may need to have a four wheel drive vehicle.
If you like to surf, there are specified areas on the beach where the waves tend to be small. For scuba diving, the south end of the beach is widely used by scuba driving classes.
During the summer months, La Jolla Shores can tend be very crowded. You should try to go in the morning, as the crowds aren’t as bad. This is a great beach during those hot summer days, with plenty to do for your entire family.