Overview of Shell Beach

Shell Beach

California South
USA West


Shell Beach offers a little more protection for entry than Breakers. Again, this site should only be dived on a calm day.

Directions: 200 yards South of La Jolla Cove. (See driving directions for La Jolla Cove)


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08/19/2006 Paul 1 (Avg: 3.46 Review) - Just took my kids snorkeling and saw a great number of Guitarfish, leopard sharks and (watch out !) sting rays. Stayed in the sandy areas. There were places where the stingrays almost carpeted the sandy bottom so be careful on entry.

07/15/2003 Chris Groll (Avg: 3.13 Review) - This site is not for the beginner by any means. There is a Constant rip current about midway between Children's pool and Shell beach acting as a great aid in making your entry. Pick your entry point carefully as you will find yourself 10 ft deep and the next sitting on a hidden boulder you were tossed onto by the relentless surf. Some say there is also a rip that brings you into the south end of the beach for your return but I have still yet to find it. This is an EXCELLENT spot for Lobster. Nice Wall about 100 yds or so out and south of the beach and about 75-10yds north of the Children's pool Sea Wall. The vis can range from horrible to 15 ft day to day but study this site carefully and do not exhaust yourself, save it for the return swim!


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GPS: CS1501


Parking at Shell Beach 

If you are lucky enough, find a spot at the South end of La Jolla Cove park. The stairs to the beach are straight ahead.

Trail Head



Trail Head at Shell Beach 

Looking South, the stairs are to the left. Take a moment to watch the sea and choose your entry carefully.




Overview at Shell Beach 

Looking North, with the stairs back to the right.




aerial at Shell Beach 
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Channels point you out to sea. If you are not familiar with rocky entries that face the open ocean, stay away!

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Shell Beach  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.50
Reef Conditions:  2.50
Animal Life:  4.50
Plant Life:  2.00
Facilities:  3.50
Solitude 2.00
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.30

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.50
Beginner Scuba:  2.00
Intermediate Scuba:  2.50
Advanced Scuba:  3.00
Night diving Scuba:  3.50

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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