La Jolla Shores is a 1-mile beach that stretches from the just south of Black’s Beach to La Jolla Cove. The waves are generally tame here, at least compared to other San Diego breaks, so the Shores is popular for beginners kayakers and surfers. When the swell picks up, though, it can offers some serious waves — so watch yourself if your a beginner to either sport.

With La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve just to the south, La Jolla Shores is also a popular destination for SCUBA divers looking to see some local wildlife in the kelp forests.

The beach is adjacent to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus and Scripps Pier projects from the north end of the beach. Parking is available on the local streets (though car break-ins are fairly common, so don’t leave valuables in sight) and at Kellogg Park and La Jolla Shores Park. If you’re looking to rent a kayak or surfboard, check out the shops just inland and shout of the parks, on Avenida De La Playa.