I need to make it clear that I did not stay in a room at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. We have family that are members, and bought us a week long pass which gave us a week's access.
We loved it.
I have been coming here for years, as have many other people. Indeed, many people who do stay in the rooms have been coming not just for years, but for generations.
There really is nothing else like it. The La Jolla Beach & Tennis is home to one of California's few private beaches. Now why would that be so special? After all, California has 1,000s of miles of public beaches.
True, and on public beaches you must find public parking, lug your towels and chairs, and are not permitted to make fires unless the beach has it's own firepit, or you bring along a special stand up barbeque, and all that entails.
Back to LJB&TC. You drive in to the lovely grounds, flash your pass and park. You walk in with your suit, sunglasses, and little else. Once on the beach you ask the red shirts (employees) to set up chairs, wind shields, lounge chairs and/or tables in whatever configuration you so desire. A tip is nice, since you don't lift a finger. Have your kids grab a stack of complimentary towels while your site is set up. Once set up, you can order drinks and snacks from your chair (a little pricey--think airplane prices).
At low tide, there are tide pools on the left/south to explore. Swimming in the waters just off the LJB&TC is fun--if you can do the "stingray shuffle" (this is for most beaches in San Diego) and if you like, snorkling with ....sharks! Not Jaws, but harmless Leopard sharks and Sand sharks. Go ahead, do a google search as I did...there are no reported incidents of injuries anywhere in the world due to a Leopard shark. Last known record of anything concerning Leopards was in 1955, concerning a skin diver with a nosebleed who was harassed and received no injuries.
After your swim, take a hot shower or swim in the pool--kept at a tropical 80 degrees.
And then there's dinner. Dinner on the beach. This is one of those rare things that is such a draw for the LJB&TC. You can cook whatever you bring at one of the community grills. You can set up, or have set up tables to use for your group--just pay attention to the tides. Alcohol is permitted, although glass is not. Unreserved tables can be set up between the water and the green "reserved" sign roughly 20 feet from the espalade.
Weekends are most popular, with many large groups bring elaborate dinners--some very fancy--to eat while watching the sun go down. The kids eat on the beach, and go right back to playing on it.
LJB&TC has some very aggressive seagulls--they have stolen food off plates, and even off the community grills, until that problem was solved by a hawk for hire. The hawk and his trainer come every other day about dinner time, and help to keep the seagulls at bay. The gulls are truly frightened and scatter. Our last dinner saw the hawk fly up and tackle a seagull in midair, spiraling down to the ground holding the gull in its claws. One less seagull to steal my kid's hot dog out of his hand. (Had seen that happen in the past).
At the pool at night, there is an outdoor fireplace, where some like to hang out between dips in the pool.
I took a look at two of the rooms, but not any equipped with kitchens. They are not 5 star resort rooms, but family rooms with two beds and a flat screen. Honestly can't think why anyone would be spending a lot of time outside sleeping in the room.
Kayaking is also available a short walk north through La Jolla Kayak, which I will review separately.
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- Experience the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, one of California's most treasured beachfront resorts. One of a select few oceanfront hotel destinations in San Diego, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club offers 98 guest rooms as well as one, two and three bedroom suites with full kitchens. Also enjoy the perks of our private beach, championship tennis, par-3 golf, massage services, full-service catering, and award-winning cuisine at The Marine Room. ... more less
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