Sandstone cliffs, sandy beach, and incredible surf breaks, Windansea
has been popular with the surfers, as far back as the 1940s and is
where the Windansea Surf Club have gathered since the 1960s. A shack,
on the beach, built by surfers during World War II is now a San Diego
Historic site. Also great for body surfing and snorkeling. The north end of the
beach is a bit rocky, but the south has plenty of soft sand,
great for a nice walk along the water's edge.
No public restrooms at Windansea Beach. Lifeguards are there during the
summer and during some weekends in fall and spring. No wheelchair access to the
beach. Separated swim and surf zones. Park on the street or
try the small single lot near the beach.
Located around 6800 Neptune Place.
Going South, follow I-5 south, exit
Genesee Avenue; head west. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road; following it into downtown.
Left on Girard Avenue; Right on Pearl Street. Then left on the Boulevard. Right on
Nautilus Street. Going north, go I-5 north to Ardath Rd exit. Ardath Rd becomes Torrey
Pines Rd. Turn left from Torrey Pines Rd onto Girard Avenue.
Right on Pearl Street and Left on the Boulevard.
Then right on Nautilus Street.
Marine Street Beach
Marine Street Beach is a small cluster of high-end
retailers, hotels, shops, and galleries. Legendary to surfers and
body boarders because of its thunderous waves; the waves
crash at shoreline. This beach may not be ideal for families, as
there are no public restrooms or picnic areas and the rough
surf might not be suited to children.
However, Marine Street Beach offers privacy and beautiful white sand
that can make for a fun, casual day of gathering with friends.
A word to the wise; The waves at this beach have been known
to cause serious injury to swimmers and body boarders.
Inexperienced ocean-goers should swim with caution.
Lifeguards are stationed, at the beach, in the summer and during
peak weekends in the spring and fall. Parking is available
on the street at Marine Street Beach, there are no public parking lots.
Best bet is to get there early to find a parking space,
especially in the summer and weekends.
Going South, take I-5. Exit Genessee Avenue, go west, then make a
left on Torrey Pines Road. Go down the hill
into downtown, turn left on Girard Avenue, then
right on Pearl Street. Turn Left on the Boulevard and then right
on Marine Street. Going North, take I-5 to Torrey Pines Road.
Once you have made it to downtown, follow the
directions listed above.
Near downtown, the Childrens Pool is a tiny cove
protected by a concrete breakwater. It was once a swimming
area for children, but the seals and sea lions have TAKEN OVER!!
Visitors can relax, sunbathe and also enjoy the wonderful
seals and sea lions at play in and around the shore or at
Seal Rock, their offshore reserve. Great paths for walkers and hikers.
High above the beach, these paths offer stunning panoramic views
of the water and the sandstone cliffs.
Grassy picnic areas are north and south of Childrens Pool.
Plenty of terrific shops surrounding the area as well.
Although swimming is now discouraged at the beach, the
Childrens Pool is still a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon.
No Diving either since the seals and sea lions are protected
from harassment by federal law. The mammals inhabit the
beach during winter, spring, and fall.
However, visitors can walk out onto the breakwater for an up-close
view of the Pacific and to observe the sea lions & seals.
No wheelchair access because of the steep incline
leading down to the ocean. No parking lots near the beach and
street parking, metered during the week, quickly fills
to capacity on summer weekends. Downtown is
only a short distance to the beach.
Going South, take I-5 to Village Drive west.
Left on Torrey Pines Road. Right at Prospect Street,
veer right on Coast Boulevard.
Going North, take I-5 to Ardath Road; stay on this
road until it turns into Torrey Pines Road.
Take Torrey Pines Road to Prospect Street, turn right.
Veer right on Coast Boulevard.
The Cove is known for the some of the most beautiful, clearest water
in San Diego. Ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, gorgeous underwater
reefs with plenty of mollusks, sea anemone, starfish,
and frequent views of garibaldi, smelt, seals, and the occasional grouper fish.
Life Guards on duty during summer hours, generally 9:00 a.m. to dusk.
Other times of the year, 10:00 a.m.
Restrooms and showers are located at Scripps Park beside the Cove.
Beach is NOT disabled accessible.
Beach Fires are prohibited
Limited parking on summer weekends.
Going South, take Interstate 5, Exit La Jolla Village Drive, go west.
Left at Torrey Pines Road and follow it to La Jolla Shores Drive.
take Interstate 5, exit at Ardath Road. Right at La Jolla Shores Drive. Left at
Avenida. Right on Camino del Oro.
La Jolla Shores Beach
Ideal for boogie boarding, bodysurfing, surfing, picnics, jogging, walking and swimming.
Features the most gentle waves out of all San Diego beaches, for this reason it's the most
popular spot for scuba lessons. The best location for young children to play is south
toward the entrance at Avenida - the waves tend to be smaller,
which discourages most of the boogie boarders and crowd.
Life Guards are on duty, everyday, from 9:00 a.m. to near dusk.
The lifeguard tower is located next to the main parking lot
at the foot of Calle Frescota. There are separate water areas reserved
for swimming and surfing Restrooms and Showerts are located 100
yards north and south of the main lifeguard tower. Parking and the boardwalk
is disabled accessible. Containers for beach fires are
provided during summer months, they are available on a first come,
first served basis
Going South, take Interstate 5, taking the La Jolla Village Drive exit, go west.
Left at Torrey Pines Road and follow it to La Jolla Shores Drive. Going North,
take Interstate 5, exit at Ardath Road. Right at La Jolla Shores Drive.
Left at Avenida. Right on Camino del Oro.
Torrey Pines State Beach
Beautiful sandstone cliffs rising 300 feet from the Pacific Ocean, greeting miles of
walking paths along the bluffs at Torrey Pines State Beach.
These paths take visitors through the reserve among the Torrey pines
(one of the rarest varieties of pine in the world), wildflowers,
and other plants and animals with wonderful panoramic views of the ocean.
The trails wind down to a 4.5-mile stretch of beach that is uncrowded and
ideal for a swim, walk, or picnic.
Another main attraction is the museum and visitor center, built in 1923,
on top of the reserve at Torrey Pines.
Restrooms are available at the top of the reserve and down on the beach.
Showers are located at the bottom of the reserve. Torrey Pines is a state park and it is
illegal to pick wildflowers or take pinecones; state law
protects all natural or historic features. Bicycles and dogs are not allowed on trails.
Torrey Pines State Beach is located at North Torrey Pines Road.
Take Carmel Valley Road exit off of I-5 heading north from San Diego.
Park for free along 101 to the north and then walk south to the beach.
Or pay a small fee and park high above the beach on the cliffs
to enjoy the hike down to the sparkling Pacific Ocean.