How to Kayak in La Jolla

How to Kayak in La Jolla
Both La Jolla and La Jolla Shores are areas popular with kayakers, snorkelers and divers in California. Paddlers like to visit both the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve to observe marine life and the calm waters of La Jolla Cove. The area is an ideal destination for ocean/sea kayaking for experienced, novice and even family paddling. The warm weather in La Jolla makes kayaking optimal year-round. Tours and rentals are available along the beach.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
Step 1
Set up a kayak rental if needed, or you can bring your own kayak to La Jolla.
Step 2
Book a tour if you're unfamiliar with the area, are a beginner or want a guided tour.
Step 3
Stop into one of the rental places if you want advice about where to go and what to see while you paddle if you aren't booking a tour.
Step 4
Head to the meeting place for your tour or to Avenida de la Playa, the calmest and easiest launch spot in La Jolla. The south end of La Jolla Shores beach is also a protected area to launch.
Step 5
Put on your life jacket before you enter the water, as California law mandates a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person kayaking.
Step 6
Be courteous to other kayakers on the water and maintain control of your kayak at all times.
Step 7
Watch out for divers and snorkelers in the water at all times, as the area is a popular spot for them as well.
Step 8
Make sure to bring your kayak up as far as you can on shore if you leave the kayak to keep it from slipping back in the water.

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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