La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Shores

A wide, sandy beach surrounded by pretty homes and close to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Pier, La Jolla Shores offers families a place to hang out all day with a full playground, easy-access parking and everything you need within walking distance.

Atmosphere: Nestled in a residential area, cozy La Jolla Shores Village has restaurants, delis, and all kinds of beach gear for rent. Adjacent Kellogg Park is popular for picnics; a wide concrete path runs along the beach for a stroll with the sleeping baby.

Parking and Entrance: If you arrive early, park in the lot off Calle Frescota. If not, there is street parking throughout the residential area. Everything here is at sea level, so it’s an easy walk to the beach.

Nice Walks and Views: Walk along the concrete path that stretches the mile-long beach and watch volleyball players or scuba divers getting ready for lessons.

Activities for Toddlers: The newer playground has swings and a large jungle gym. The water tends to be calmer here, so older toddlers might be up for wading or trying out a boogie board (with mom’s help).

Bathrooms: Convenient family bathrooms and showers are near the parking lot and playground.

Perks for Parents: For some adults-only time, rent kayaks or snorkel equipment and enjoy the marine life protected by the La Jolla Ecological Preserve.

Where to Stay with Kids: La Jolla Shores Hotel is right on the beach and offers some rooms with kitchenettes, a children’s wading pool and beach rentals. (8110 Camino Del Oro).

Baby-friendly Restaurants: Cheese Shop, a family-owned deli, serves delicious, slightly higher-priced sandwiches and does take-out in case you want a little sand with your lunch. (2165 Avenida De La Playa).

What Else to Do: Drive to downtown La Jolla to go shopping, which some call the “Beverly Hills” of San Diego. Babies will love watching fish at Birch Aquarium, and there are interactive exhibits for small children also.

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One comment on “La Jolla Shores

  1. Ocean Beach is a more funky, hiipypsh, free spririt, tattoo, biker type crowd. It has a more counter culture atmosphere to it than PB. Pacific Beach is more of a young college or post college young professional type crowd. More yuppies and and college kids and more mainstream type of atmosphere. It’s more whitebread than OB. It’s definitely more of a party atmosphere than OB.I think PB is more fun and vibrant than OB. More bars, clubs, restaurants, and attractions overall. It’s one of SD’s main tourists spots and a popular place for locals as well. OB has a good bar scene too but definitely not the club scene that PB has. People go to PB if they want to go dancing and not really OB. OB’s beach is kind of small and not the nicest in my opinion. Seems to be more vagrants and homeless than PB, but that is probably b/c it’s smaller and they are just more visible. PB has a better beach scene and the beach is more scenic, at least north of Crystal Pier as you get closer to La Jolla. And being in PB you are close to La Jolla which have some of the best beaches in SD, like Windansea, Marine St, and LJ Shores. Both OB and PB have somewhat bad reputations for quality of life. OB being kind of grimey and lots of drugs in the area, but not really a violent place although stuff does go down there occasionally. PB definitely has a reputation for alcohol related crimes like fights, vandalism, ect But it’s SD, which is a really safe city for it’s size and crime is not that bad overall. I think in PB there are nicer areas compared to OB, especially as you get closer to La Jolla. North PB you can live in a quiet area near the beach and shops and still be close to all the craziness of Garnett Ave.I prefer PB, which is where I live. OB is just a little too hippy and grimey for me, just not my style as much. Everything is pretty close and easy to get to here, either on foot or bike. Better, wider, and cleaner beaches and I just like the vibe and atmosphere more so, but of course that is personal preference. Both are great just depends on the personality really.References :

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