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Windansea Beach
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Windansea Beach

Past all of La Jolla’s ritzy homes, hotels, and well

known restaurants, lies Windansea Beach. Down the

hill, this beach is flanked by surfers and sunbathers

on hot summer days. With sandstone cliffs, a sandy

beach, and amazing surf breaks, Windansea Beach has

been a popular surfing haunt as far back as the 1940s

and a gathering spot of the Windansea Surf Club since

the 1960s.

The shack on the beach that was built by surfers during

World War 2 is now a San Diego Historic site. The

beach is also great for body surfing and snorkeling.

The north end of Windansea is fairly rocky, with the

south being sandier, great for walking along the edge

of the water. You can also enjoy a picnic in the

grass next to the beach and bask in the splendid views

of the Pacific Ocean.

At Windansea Beach, there are no restrooms. During

the summer months, lifeguards are stationed all along

the beach, even in some weekends of fall and spring.

There are separate swim and surf zones at the beach,

with no wheelchair access. When you visit, you can

park on the street or try the tiny single lot near

the beach.

Getting to the beach

You can find Windansea around 6800 Neptune Place.

From the north, follow I-5 south to the Genesee

Avenue exit then head west. Turn left on Torrey Pines

Road and follow the road into downtown La Jolla.

Turn left on Girad Avenue then take a right on Pearl

Street. Take a left onto La Jolla Boulevard then

make the right on Nautilus Street and your there.

From the south, follow I-5 north to the Ardath Road

exit, Ardath Road will become Torrey Pines Road. Take

a left from Torrey Pines Road onto Girad Avenue.

Make a right onto Pearl Street then take a left onto

La Jolla Boulevard. Take the next right on Nautilus

Street and your there.

Windansea is possibly one of the most beautiful

beaches in Southern California – and a great place

for romantic strolls at sunset. Parents should

use caution with small children at the beach, as the

surf often breaks directly onto the shore with a

lot of intimidating power.

If you plan to visit the Windansea Beach, you should

make sure you get there early. As with most beaches

in San Diego, getting there early will help you

get the best parking and more privacy when the crowds

start to arrive. Windansea is a very amazing beach,

and worth your time on hot summer days.

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