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Best things to do in la Jolla Shores Beach

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between sandstone cliffs. Because of its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. With small surf in the summer months, the north facing La Jolla Cove is ideal for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers. Water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed 30 feet. La Jolla Cove lies within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which helps to ensure that marine life remains plentiful. ”
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Aquarium
“Birch Aquarium at Scripps is an aquarium and the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Come see the Giant Black Sea Bass, Garibaldi, Leopard Sharks, & other San Diego locals. Experience the ocean world and learn what it takes to understand and protect our planet. ”
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New American Restaurant
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“Up to La Jolla this awesome roof top deck to enjoy lunch or dinner is a must! ”
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Park
“Great place for snorkeling, kayaking or swimming in the ocean. It can get crowded though, so go early if you’re going to the beach. ”
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Beach
“Dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean! This beach is about 5 miles away. You can arrive in less than 20 minutes driving.”
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Park
“This is a good beach for all ages. There is surfing for those who want to be active. There is a kids' playground area. It is a good beach for walking (check the tide first!). During super low tides you can walk south to the caves.”
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Natural Feature
“The most beautiful view in all of San Diego and great shopping and eateries. ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Upscale dining with an Ocean view overlooking La Jolla Cove (Make reservations) Great view of the water and love the food too! Drive is 8 miles away. ”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Wonderful Italian food and great ambiance on the patio! Enjoy their bread and amazing dipping sauce.”
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Café
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“Come here for the view ! The cafe is located right on the beach overlooking Scripps Pier and La Jolla Shores beach. ”
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Natural Feature
“Seal, Sea Lions and birds all call this place their home. Great sightseeing, or if you are really adventurous this is a prime snorkeling spot”
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French Restaurant
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“Select seafood & French fare in a chic setting with waves crashing against the windows at high tide. The view will leave your dining experience unforgettable! Price Range: $$$$”
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New American Restaurant
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“Great food! Enjoy your breakfast with a view then go check out sea lions lounging on the beach right after. ”
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Beach
“I’ve done a kayak tour here and takes you right in front of the home! Stop and explore coast just below the balcony for leopard sharks that swim just a couple feet from you and many sightings of sea lions and seals! ”
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Other Great Outdoors
“Taking a La Jolla kayak tour is a favorite of both locals and San Diego visitors alike. Explore beautiful sea cliffs and sea caves as you glide through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve filled with marine life. ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Fresh squeezed lemonade for the most amazing mixed drinks. Amazing Food and Views!”
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