Photo of Surfers at Dusk at La Jolla Shores Beach.

There are over a dozen pristine beaches within 20 minutes of La Jolla, one of Southern California’s chicest neighborhoods. This picturesque San Diego County community features some of the prettiest semi-rugged coastlines in California. And there’s no better place to start and finish each day of SoCal exploration and relaxation than the Celebrity Oceanfront Estate, a lavish, seven-bedroom marvel perched above breathtaking Bird Rock. This opulent La Jolla vacation home is a common respite for celebrities, musicians, and executives alike, primarily because of its on-site magnificence and proximity to a handful of San Diego’s finest beaches.

In hopes of enhancing an already-stellar escape to San Diego County, the Elite Destination team has pieced together a brief La Jolla area beach guide, complete with stops in Pacific Beach, Torrey Pines, and La Jolla Shores. Typical San Diego beach activities include surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, sunbathing, and people-watching.

Pacific Beach

Aerial Photo of Pacific Beach near La Jolla.San Diego’s bustling Pacific Beach Pier allures every type of traveler: bicyclists, surfers, anglers, and families alike. Pacific Beach is known for its head-turning sunsets, well-groomed sand, and oceanfront eateries. It’s approximately two miles south of Bird Rock—just a 10-minute drive from SeaWorld. Thus, beachgoers are right in the heart of San Diego’s most beloved oceanfront community. Hook a surfperch (or a rare shovelnose guitarfish) from Crystal Pier, dive into the Pacific, and finish that gripping beach read before returning to the Celebrity Oceanfront Estate.

La Jolla Shores Beach

Palm tree-lined La Jolla Shores Beach (as pictured above) is a water activity haven, thanks to its predictable albeit exciting surf. Kayakers, surfers, and bodyboarders flock to this hidden gem to explore the Pacific Ocean and its boisterous waves and many secluded nearby coves. Wildlife, such as diverse bird populations and families of seals, thrives near the beach’s rockiest sections north of Scripps Pier.

Black’s Beach

Aerial Photo of Black’s Beach, North of La Jolla.Black’s Beach shares an oceanfront property line with the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, so it’s no surprise that this stretch of sand is an idyllic destination for a seascape. Unlike most La Jolla beaches, Black’s Beach offers awe-inspiring hiking trails and unparalleled serenity. Please keep in mind that Black’s Beach is widely regarded as SoCal’s top nude beach. Alternative options include South Mission Beach, Torrey Pines State Beach, and Flat Rock.

An Opulent, Oceanfront La Jolla Mansion

Photo of the Celebrity Oceanfront Estate, Steps from a La Jolla Beach.Elite Destination Homes’ Oceanfront Celebrity Estate is an expansive, group-friendly vacation home that’s perfectly situated along the edge of Bird Rock’s jagged cove. Guests spend most of their time inside the private pool or hot tub—but don’t forget about the rooftop tennis courts. The home boasts a deck, a balcony, and a terrace, all of which feature unobstructed views of the grand Pacific. Travelers receive complimentary access to the home’s golf cart, which is the perfect vehicle for those who want to take a short trek down to the beach. Concierge services range from airport transfers to private chefs and guided excursions. Other on-site amenities include the sauna, home theater, gas fireplace, and an 800-bottle wine cellar. Past travelers have used the space for golf getaways, corporate retreats, family reunions, anniversary parties, and bachelor (and bachelorette) parties.

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