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Shell Beach

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  • La Jolla
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 10/23/2014

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The small cove north of the Children's Pool remains remarkably under the radar and is typically less crowded than nearby beaches like La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores. The secluded beach is accessible by stairs and has clear water and tidepools. The reef comes all the way up to the shore, making it a less-than-ideal spot for swimming, but children love to wade in the shallow water. As the name would imply, tiny shells make up the sand near the water's edge. It's beautiful

but coarse and can be hard on people's feet. Your visit is better spent exploring than sunning. The exposed rocks off the coast have been designated a protected habitat for sea lions; you can watch them frolic in the water. Picnic tables, showers, and toilets are available near the cove. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude.

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Coast Blvd, north of Children's Pool and south of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, San Diego, California, 92037, United States

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