Just minutes from downtown La Jolla and surrounded by the University of California, San Diego's famed Scripps institute of Oceanography, La Jolla Shores is home to some of San Diego's most diverse sea life and tourists. Just blocks from the La Jolla Hotel, beaches are packed with the surrounding tourist destinations for restaurants, outdoor activities (kayak rentals, scuba tours and surfboard rentals) and California beach shopping. The beach is often most crowded during late spring and summer months. If you're looking to learn how to surf, this is the place, as amateur surfers enjoy the mild waves and won't pound on you for being a tourist. What makes the Shores even more enjoyable is its grassy knolls directly adjacent to the beach (and adorning running path). With bar-b-que pits, tons of space and several park benches as well as picnic tables, the Shores offers enough space for large parties looking to harmonize both the beach and sunny California's weather - but get there early during the prime months as spots are taken quick.
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