Shell Beach

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  • Address: Shell Beach San Diego, CA 92037, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Beach, Leisure, Water Sport, Snorkeling

A long set of stairs, just south of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, will take you down to Shell Beach. It was named that way for all the sea shells. On either side of the beach are imposing sandstone bluffs. See if you can spot the Seal Rock some distance out in the water. If you visit the beach during low tide, you'll find tide pools in which marine animals can often be seen swimming. Be careful if you're planning on swimming or snorkelling; there are reefs that can generate nasty rip currents.

Shell Beach Travel Tips

  • Activities like tidepooling, snorkeling and scuba diving can be enjoyed.
  • Parking can be a challenging job in peak season. hence arrive early to park your car around Coast Boulevard.
  • Dogs on leashes only, between 6:00pm and 9:00am (4:00pm to 9:00am - November to March).

How to Reach Shell Beach

  • Bus 30 stop Silverado St & Herschel Av.
  • Drive to here.

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  • Shell Beach Address: Shell Beach San Diego, CA 92037, United States
  • Shell Beach Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Shell Beach(preferred time): 06:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Shell Beach: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 0.79% of people who visit San Diego include Shell Beach in their plan

  • 60% of people start their Shell Beach visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Shell Beach

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

81.82% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Shell Beach

People normally club together Embarcadero Marina Park and Liberty Public Market while planning their visit to Shell Beach.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Shell Beach Reviews & Ratings

  • Beautiful place to visit ,The Seals are cool to see

  • An easy walk from downtown La Jolla. At low tide you can walk around on the rocks and tide pools. Hopefully they are full of little critters! Public restrooms are located nearby. Seals and sea lions like to sun themselves on nearby rocks.

  • Love this place. Husbands favorite beach.

  • Hard to get to, but a wonderful experience!! You have to go down a large set of stairs and cross large rocks to get to the actual beach. It's not an easy hike, but it was worth it.

  • I love collecting shells and shell beach lives up to its name. You don’t have to work hard as they come up on shore whole and gorgeous. I did notice that different seasons yield different types and sizes. Down the way there are beaches with new sea lion pups. Just watch out on the parking. It is crazy and hard to find. If you have the choice have one person drop everyone off and then park up the hill in the town

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