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Ellen Browning Scripps Park is a popular place to hang out in the village of La Jolla. It is considered one of the most photographed locations in San Diego. With three incredible beaches, a scenic park, and a perfect lookout for whale-watching and beautiful 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 gang of harbor seals posing for photographs. Boomer Beach and Shell Beach are on the western side of the park. These beaches can be narrow at high tide, but are otherwise fun sandy spots. All three have lifeguards on high alert during peak times.

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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.

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