La Jolla Shores
Stretching for over a mile, the sugary sands of La Jolla Shores makes this beach one of the most popular in San Diego. Soft sand, calm waves, and clean water create a family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy the intense beauty of San Diego's coastline.
One of the most popular attractions at La Jolla Shores is the La Jolla Cove, a protected harbor with an abundance of natural wildlife. This is San Diego's most coveted area for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and sea canoeing for the calm waters and cornucopia of underwater sites to be found beneath the waves. Here you can find yellowtail, rays, garibaldi, and leopard sharks swimming among the many species of Pacific fish. Along the cove's breathtaking coast are several stunning sea caves, ripe for exploring by kayak or canoe.
While you're in the area, make sure you stop by the Children's Pool. Originally designed to be a protected, safe beach environment for children to use, the sea walled area ended up being invaded by lazy sea lions and harbor seals. The mammals took over the beach and no longer is it for children but a prime location for spotting San Diego wildlife. At any given time you are likely to witness dozens of animals lying in the sun, dozing on the sand in a relaxed pose. The Children's Pool is a wonderful spot to get easy pictures of wildlife as the seals and sea lions lie lazily still.