Windansea Beach has been a popular San Diego surfing spot 1940s and a gathering spot of the Windansea Surf Club since the 1960s. The frequently photographed shack on the beach, built by surfers during World War II, is now a San Diego Historic site.
Photo Credit Kyle Sorensen - Surfer at Windansea Beach, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Low tide is the best time to visit, as more rocks are exposed.
This is one of the most romantic beaches in San Diego, with some semi-private spots hidden between the large sandstone rock formations.
Sunsets at Wind n sea beach are spectacular, another reason this a great romantic San Diego beach.
Surfer hut at Windandsea Beach
Directions to Windansea Beach San Diego CA: See below | Google Map
Parking: Small free parking lot with 18 spaces. Other free but limited street parking available.
Getting There: Short walk to the beach from parking areas, and from this La Jolla neighborhood, as this is mostly a locals beach.
Things to Do: Surfing, bodyboarding, beach photography, watching California sunsets, romantic strolls along the rocks, explore rocks at low tide.
Things to See: Surfers, young people at the beach, sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
Facilities: Not much. Trash cans, park benches and small grassy area. No restrooms. No beach firepits.
High Tide Access: This beach is best at low tide as you can explore the rock formations. If you are surfing or body boarding, watch out for the rocks.
Lifeguard: Lifeguards during summer.
Dogs: Leashed dogs are allowed before 9 AM or after 6 PM (4 PM from Nov. 1 - Mar. 31)
Things NOT to Do: No inexperienced or young swimmers in the water, no alcohol, no glass containers, no beach fires, no smoking, no littering, no disturbing noise, no overnight sleeping, camping or parking.
Disability Access: No wheelchair access to the beach, but nice views from adjacent sidewalk near disabled parking.
Hazards: Rip currents, strong waves, sandstone rocks, coarse sand.
Directions to Windandsea Beach from the north - go south on Interstate 5, west on La Jolla Village Drive, left on Torrey Pines Road, right on Pearl Street, left on La Jolla Boulevard, then right on Nautilus and head to the ocean.
Directions to Windansea Beach from the south - go north on Interstate 5, go west on La Jolla Parkway, continue on it as it becomes Torrey Pines Road, right on Pearl Street, left on La Jolla Boulevard, then right on Nautilus and head west to the Pacific Ocean.
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