La Jolla Mom

Reasons to Love Shell Beach in La Jolla

The reef structures just offshore are home to a variety of sea life. Their shells tend to wash up onto the beach here. You’ll find them lined up along the water’s edge, but you’ll need to visit in the morning before others pick through them.


The tide pools are among the best in San Diego, thanks to the reefs. It’s a beautiful scene at low tide which happens during the daytime in the late fall through early spring (peaking during winter months), instead of at night during the rest of the year, including summer.


The Pacific Ocean water in La Jolla is unusually clear for California. This makes it easier to stay safe at Shell Beach as you navigate around the rocks into the water. It’s usually easy to see where the sand ends and the rocks begin.


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