Shell Beach, La Jolla

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A view looking north in La Jolla, showing Seal Rock on the left and the north end of Shell Beach in the mid-distance on the right, 2007
A closer view of Shell Beach, August 2007

Shell Beach, La Jolla is a small beach in La Jolla, a community of San Diego, California, United States. The beach is accessed via a flight of concrete steps that start at the south end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park.[1] This beach is located immediately north of Children's Pool Beach, south of Boomer Beach, and also south of La Jolla Cove.

During extreme low tides, the southern end of Shell Beach has an interesting tidepool-like area, with many marine creatures visible.[2] Because of the presence of reef structures and rip currents that can be hazardous to scuba divers, the San Diego Council of Divers provides a "Rocks, Rips and Reefs" tour for the area.[3] Visible to the south a short distance out from Shell Beach is Seal Rock, which often has a number of harbor seals resting on it.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Jolla Beaches - Beach Map, Pictures, Regulations, La Jolla CA". Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  2. ^ "Shell Beach Tide Pool, La Jolla, San Diego, CA". Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  3. ^ "3Rs". Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  4. ^ "Guide to La Jolla Reefs | Official San Diego, Ca. Travel Resource". Retrieved 2013-11-04.
To the North:
La Jolla Cove
California beaches To the South
Children's Pool Beach

Coordinates: 32°50′56″N 117°16′34″W / 32.8489°N 117.2761°W / 32.8489; -117.2761