Marine Street Beach is near the upscale community of La Jolla, a small cluster of high-end clothiers, hotels, shops, and galleries. It?s legendary to body surfers and body boarders because of its thunderous waves, which crash right at shoreline. However, this beach may not be ideal for families, as there are no pubic restrooms or picnic areas and the rough surf is not well suited to children.
Still, Marine Street Beach offers privacy and gorgeous white sand that can make for a fun, casual day of sunbathing with friends. A word of caution: The rough waves at this beach have been known to cause serious injury to swimmers and body boarders. We advise inexperienced ocean-goers to respect the water here.
Lifeguards are stationed during the summer and on peak weekends during the spring and fall. Plan to park on the street at Marine Street Beach, since there are no public lots.
Unless you have good parking karma, get there early to find a space, especially in the summer and weekends all year long.
From the north, take I-5 south. Exit at Genessee Avenue, head west, and make a left on Torrey Pines Road. Head down the hill into downtown La Jolla, turning left on Girard Avenue and right on Pearl Street. Turn Left at La Jolla Boulevard and then right on Marine Street. From the south, take I-5 north to Torrey Pines Road. Once you are in downtown La Jolla, follow the directions above.
Tips & Suggestions
Marine Street Beach and Windansea Beach to the south are two of the most scenic beaches in southern California. Arrive early in the morning or late in the evening for a stroll along the beach. You?ll be rewarded with stunning scenery and privacy not often found along southern California?s coast.
If you want to rent a surfboard, bicycle, or other gear at Mission Bay, we highly recommend Cheap Rentals at 3685 Mission Boulevard. They offer the most competitive rental prices around without sacrificing service.
Families with toddlers enjoy the calm, protected waters of Mission Bay. Children can splash around without the dangers associated with ocean surf. Mission Bay offers miles of sandy beaches, a perfect way to spend the day with small children.