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Each serving as a center of water-sports and recreation in La Jolla, this beach and Windansea Beach were immortalized in Tom Wolfe's famous novel, "The Pumphouse Gang."
Mission Boulevard North, About 16 km northwest of San Diego, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

I go thru the drive-through at McDonalds, with my dog, and park at Tourmaline to enjoy the view and watch people and eat. We call it "GOING OUT TO LUNCH!"

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lajollabarbie
Reviewed October 4, 2018

If you like surfing this is the place for you. World class waves and the perfect place to bring your friends to crowd up the lineup. Just don't try and surf north of here. They will throw glass bottles at you if you try and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _db44415
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a great surf park. There is an area that you drive down to the beach where you can park. They have toilets and shower available. It's a huge beach so lots of room every though it is very popular. Surfers are friendly too...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gzau
Reviewed August 22, 2018

This is a surf park. It can be packed on a summers day. It is the place to go ride easy waves and just do a little noise walking. Can be a blast, can be crowed.. The point break is a bit better though it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank paulcE3081NI
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Long wide beach and easy waves to learn to surf. Because its such a wide beach and shoreline, you can get space to try and learn to surf. Only issue is getting a parking spot!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Anthony F
Reviewed April 27, 2018

I have my first surf lesson here and the waves were perfect for a beginner like myself. It is a bit chilly so wear a wetsuit.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank CaribbeanFan79
Reviewed April 26, 2018

Tourmaline is awesome. Great parking, showers and bathroom. Lovely waves and beach for relaxing and having fun with the family and seeing friends. There is an 'old school' surfer vibe here like San O or Malibu. It gets crowded and parking can fill up so...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank tlyntp
Reviewed April 23, 2018

A must go spot for the lovely beach sites and good (for begginers and intermediates) all the way to the pier and beyond

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank MatthiasAmmann
Reviewed March 30, 2018

Fun place to surf. If you are just a sightseer then the surfers put on a great show for you. Weekends are very crowed. One of my favorite benches (made out of cement), I love sitting there for long times. The surfers will talk with...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Dean A
Reviewed October 16, 2017

Spent several days at Tourmaline and the time was far too short! I grew up just down the beach at the foot of Law Street, so know the area very well! The beach is delightful and the surf scene is classic San Diego. Early morning...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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