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Ellen Browning Scripps Park is a popular waterfront park in the village of La Jolla. It is considered to be the most photographed place in San Diego. With three incredible beaches, a scenic park, and a perfect location for sunsets, we believe this claim.

La Jolla Cove, the northern beach in the park, is always packed. This beach has tide pools at low tide, a cave to climb through, and often sports a large gang of harbor seals posing for photographs. Boomer Beach and Shell Beach are on the western side of the park. They can be narrow at high tide, but are otherwise fun sandy beaches. All three beaches have lifeguards looking down on them during peak times.


The park has large grass lawns that are used for public events and private weddings. Picnic tables, barbecues, and benches are abundant. Restrooms are provided near La Jolla Cove. Free street parking is available next to the park.

A sidewalk that begins in the park heads south past the Children’s Pool Beach to many other less-visited beaches in La Jolla. Some of these beaches are known for tidepools while others are known for surfing and sunbathing. To learn more about these beaches, see our map of the best beaches in La Jolla. The Coast Walk Trail heads north from the park past The Cave Store to several secluded viewpoints.


Across the street from Ellen Browning Scripps Park is La Valencia Hotel and La Jolla Cove Suites. Nearby are morel fancy waterfront hotels and many  tasty restaurants to choose from. The downtown area of La Jolla has it all.



Beaches on this map

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    Shell Beach

    Shell Beach in La Jolla is located at the south end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. At this spot there is long set of stairs that takes you from the […]

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    Boomer Beach

    Boomer Beach is located on the exposed western side of Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla. Because of the exposure to the strong ocean waves it is less popular […]

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    La Jolla Cove Beach

    La Jolla Cove Beach is located at the northeast end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla. This beach is protected by a rocky point which blocks waves rolling […]

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