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“Head north to the pier and beyond for prime photo spot, tide pools, and seclusion” 4 of 5 stars
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La Jolla Shores
8200 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Ranked #2 of 58 things to do in La Jolla
Activities: Scuba diving
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Mile-long beach features gentle waves during the summer months, making this spot a prime spot for novice scuba divers.
Poway, California
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“Head north to the pier and beyond for prime photo spot, tide pools, and seclusion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Headed to the San Diego beach? There are many to choose from, so where do you go? Depends on what you want to do. Rather than tell you my thoughts on all the beaches, I'll just go over pros and cons on a beach by beach review.

LA JOLLA SHORES (north of, actually)

Great access to the water. I actually go a bit north and go right near the La Jolla pier. Parking is free and plentiful on La Jolla Shores drive north of El Paseo Grande. For those coming late at night or early in the morning, you can park for free in the UCSD lots, including the small one on Naga way from 11 PM to 7 AM.

Not very crowded in this area, if you are like me and avoid crowds. If you want the bar-hopping frat boys from SDSU (the "bros") and want to find drunk party-girls, this is not the right beach for you. Mostly full of UCSD folks, older people, and families.

Direct access to the beach near the pier is available by walking down Naga Way.

There is a free outdoor shower/foot wash available at Discovery Way and Kennel Way.

There is no access to the pier, but using the shadows from the pilings make for some great late afternoon shots. If there is sunlight to be found, this time of day will have it.

If you find yourself on the beach during low tide, stroll 600 yards North of the pier to Dike Rock. There is a large volcanic rock that runs perpendicular to the beach. This is located at a point in the shoreline. We went at a minus 2.5 ft low tide and saw an amazing array of creatures and sea life.
If you go another 25 yards or so to the actual point, you get a great view of an elitist’s personal tram and “bonus” room (“bonus” doesn’t even come close to doing it justice). The resident has a private tram that drops from home on top of the cliffs roughly 300 feet to the beach, where they have a room built. Quite a feat, I’d say. That is, a feat to the building plans permitted. I don’t think it would be approved today.

Note: Dogs are not permitted on the beach until AFTER 6 PM.

Visited October 2013
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Six Mile, South Carolina
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“Pleasant drive by”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

What an experience for an east coaster on the west coast for the first time! A friend advised that we at least drive up the coast line through La Jolla and boy are we glad we did. Seeing the seals on the shores and knowing they were protected was priceless. The view, the cliffs, the hidden beaches were gorgeous. The second best advice is to have your camera ready. Actual visit was Oct 2011.

Visited November 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Nice beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We checked out this beach on our second day and stayed for several hours through sunset. La Jolla Shores are large. We tried first to find a good access to get to the beach near the downtown area. That was hardly possible so we tried Ja Jolla Shores. Large parking lot with free parking. Life Guard present and driving up and down the beach to control. Large beach. With a pier at one end. We must have been there at a bad time but the entire beach was full of seaweed and other stuff coming out from the ocean. But didn't stop the kids from having fun. Apparently they have a large area they are designating for surfers only. We didn't know that and stayed at that spot. They kept announcing that surfing area is for surfers. None of us was really in the water.. we hung out to watch the sunset. So we stayed put and made sure to be in no ones way. But good to know they are watching out. Apparently we needed to be closer to the cliff's. The water is calmer there, and apparently there is a playground as well. That is the hang out beach for families. So we didn't experience that spot but I figured, I can see it and it looked not too different from where we were standing. There is a beautiful hotel RIGHT on the beach. La Jolla Shore hotel I believe it is called. The bathrooms were okay. There was a shower outside that everyone lined up for by the end of the day. But there was also a shower in the ladies room and people used it to rinse off or do their entire washing/cleaning ritual. No curtain or such. Just an open shower with a bench to put your things down. I did appreciate that though I was not keen on sharing shower and floor with others. But it was good to rinse of sand and some dirt before we got into the car and back to the hotel. All in all a nice beach.

Visited October 2013
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“Nice place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Cozy and clean Chalets, with nice and friendly workers. Well situated, cost-benefit really amazing.
Close to interesting attractions and Commerce. Near the UCSD, ideal for visitors to the Campus.

Visited December 2012
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“Lovely area and higher class.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Friendly people and beautiful area to relax and enjoy the so-cal sun! Bring your surfboard, beach towel and your American Express. It is one of the more expensive areas, but is worth the trip.

Visited September 2013
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