Directions and Parking

Directions and parking go hand in hand at San Diego beaches. Before you drive to the beach, be sure to find out about your parking options. At La Jolla Shores, there is a free public parking lot with up to 350 spaces. You will also find free and metered parking in the residential and small business community next to La Jolla Shores. For La Jolla Cove, there are many free and metered parking spaces close to the Cove, but they fill up quickly during peak season. There are plenty of pay to park lots as well. Just be sure to leave ample time for unloading and parking before you snorkel.

If you have a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board, La Jolla Shores has a boat launch at the end of Avenida de La Playa. Be a good neighbor and move swiftly to unload your sports equipment. Then have someone watch your equipment while you go park. Again, on a busy day, be prepared to need 10-20 minutes to find parking.

Directions to La Jolla Shores, from the North

Take the 5 South. Exit La Jolla Villa Drive. Turn right. - go 1.5 mi. Turn left at Torrey Pines Rd. Then turn right at La Jolla Shores Drive. Turn left on Avenida de la Playa. Turn right on Camino Del Oro. The La Jolla Shores beach parking is on the left side. Free parking is available in the public parking lot.

Directions to LaJolla Shores, from the South

Take the 5 North. Take the WEST LA JOLLA PKWY exit, EXIT 26A. Merge onto LA JOLLA PKWY.Stay STRAIGHT to go onto TORREY PINES RD. Turn right on La Jolla Shores Drive. Turn left on Avenida de la Playa. Turn right on Camino Del Oro. The La Jolla Shores parking is on the left side. Free parking is available in the public parking lot.

Public Facilities

San Diego takes pride in its beaches and provides public bathrooms and showers at many of its beaches. At both La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove, you will also find ample fresh water showers and restrooms.

Our family has enjoyed many holiday picnics at La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove. I am always impressed how the city will provide cleaning crews to pick up trash and maintain the restrooms on busy holiday weekends.

To learn more about La Jolla Shores, visit the link San Diego Beaches

Tips for cleaning your snorkel gear

Here's a list to clean your gear:

  • Rinse gear with fresh water.
  • Put clean gear on a towel or in a bag to dry.
  • Store gear in a cool dry place.
  • Rinse wetsuit with fresh water.
  • Hang wetsuit in shower at home or outside to dry.
  • To learn how to write a dive report, follow this link Dive Report