Wide sandy beach with peaks breaking on both sides of the pier, the south side usually being better. The Shores, fronting the parking areas to the south, can be excellent. Best with a medium tide; blows offshore during rare wintertime SE winds.
Home of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (researchers love the deep waters of the canyon). The Shores becomes very crowded during the summer. Very friendly beach. Access via La Jolla Shores Drive.