Casa Beach & Wipeout

Enjoy sun, sand & tide pools without the crowds when you visit South Casa Beach & Wipeout Beach, a small triangle-shaped cove south of The Children’s Pool.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Spend a Quiet Day at Lesser Known South Casa Beach & Wipeout Beach
Casa Beach & Wipeout
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Things to Do
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How to get there
Parking

Overview

Casa Beach with Lifeguard Tower in the BackgroundBoardwalk Overlooking Casa Beach

Visitors to La Jolla know about the popular beaches, especially La Jolla Cove or The Children’s Pool Beach. Those areas can get crowded, with people vying to get a good look at the seals and sea lions or jockeying for a prime spot on the sand.

If you prefer a quieter location that still has the features you want during a day at the beach, you should consider visiting South Casa Beach and Wipeout Beach. These beaches are just south of The Children’s Pool Beach; in fact, South Casa Beach shares a lifeguard station with its better-known neighbor.

South Casa Beach

The triangle-shaped cove doesn’t have a concrete seawall for protection, so the waters can be a bit rougher, making it less suitable for swimming than some of the other beaches nearby. When the waters are calm and the visibility good, however, South Casa Beach is a great spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. You’ve got reefs and kelp beds not far from shore, and it’s an easy entrance and exit for those who want to see some of the native fish or seals underwater.

Speaking of seals and sea lions, they too like the coziness of South Casa Beach, but not to the same extent as they do at The Children’s Pool. You may occasionally see them on the sand but more likely, they hang out on the rocks and sun themselves. If you do find them on the beach, keep your distance from them, as they can get aggressive and have been known to bite.

Wipeout Beach

Wipeout Beach is farther south still, and as the name suggests, you may not want to go surfing here. You can, however, enjoy a wider shore, making it a great location for sunbathing or playing in the sand. Be sure to check the tides, as low tide will expose the reef and it is a perfect place to explore all the sea creatures in this tide pool.

Kayak Ride with Go Pass!

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La Jolla 90-Minute Kayak Rental
When visiting La Jolla, use your Go Pass and hop on a tandem kayak ride! This 90-minute ride from La Jolla Beach takes you on an adventure to see all the area has to offer. Check out the famous seven caves and sea lions while enjoying the SoCal sun!
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What activities does the Go Pass include?

There’s a variety of activities included with the Go San Diego Pass such as: The San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Hiking Tours, Whale Watching, Snorkel Rentals, Museum Tours, Speed Boat Adventures and more!

For the most popular attractions and water-sport rentals as well as the biggest discounts, consider the All-Inclusive Pass.

Things to Do

Sunbathing
Sunbathing
Tide Pooling
Tide Pooling

All Kinds of Fun

When you arrive at South Casa Beach or Wipeout Beach, you get exactly what you expect in Southern California: small pretty beaches and an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Access the sand by a staircase from the parking area above, and you’re in for a treat.

Swimming is Not Advised

There’s no swimming at these spots, both because of the rough water and the dangerous rip currents. Plan on staying on land to enjoy a picnic, make a sandcastle or just look out into the ocean.

Explore the Tide Pools

At low tide, it’s time to explore. The tide pools are uncovered and ready for you to discover their mini ecosystems among the rocky formations, with anemones, starfish, and possibly crabs and octopi. There’s also a cave that you may be able to access during low tide, but it’s usually blocked with kelp. If you find the entrance clear, feel free to enter, but pay attention to the time so you don’t get stuck when the tide comes in.

Want to Stay Nearby?

Experience the charms of a vintage hotel when you stay at Grande Colonial La Jolla. This exceptional inn has modern amenities to enjoy when you aren’t out exploring the tide pools. The Grande Colonial is only a quarter mile away from these beaches and it is a great hotel to stay at to explore other areas in La Jolla and San Diego.

How to Get There & Parking

Free Parking
Free Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Neighborhood Parking
Street Parking
Street Parking

Getting to South Casa Beach & Wipeout Beach

It’s not too challenging to find South Casa Beach; the access is right off Coast Boulevard, and you can follow the same directions that take you to The Children’s Pool Beach, since they share public restrooms, showers, and a lifeguard station. Follow the signs from I-5 to downtown La Jolla and look for Jenner Street or Eads Avenue. Wipeout Beach is closer to where Coast Boulevard and Coast Boulevard South split.

Parking at South Casa Beach & Wipeout Beach

Parking is never an easy thing near the beaches of La Jolla, so your best bet is to arrive early to find a space on the street. Your other option if you can’t find anything is to park near downtown La Jolla and walk. It may be easier to find parking in the cooler months rather than on a beautiful summer day.

Featured Activity

San Diego Harbor Cruise on San Diego Bay at Sunset
San Diego Harbor Cruise
Enjoy this ‘San Diego Top Pick Award’ winner as you set sail on a three level luxury ship providing 360-degree views of San Diego’s scenic beauty. Relax for a 1-2 hour narrated tour, learn about the city from the bay.
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Know Before You Go & Tips

No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Camping
No Camping
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Other Things to Know

Wear Closed Toes Shoes

From the steep stairway to the rocky formations, South Casa & Wipeout are tough on your feet. Forego the flip flops and wear closed-toe shoes with good soles. That way you can walk along the bluffs or around the tidal pools with less worry about slipping.

No Swimming

There’s no swimming for good reason. The water quality at South Casa and The Children’s Pool is often hazardous, thanks to those adorable seals and sea lions. The bacteria levels make it more than just unsanitary.

Respect the Nature

Be mindful of the seals and sea lions when you visit. They should not be disturbed when they are resting on the sand or the rocks. Remember, this is their home, and you are the visitor.

Check Out the Sunset

Time your stop during sunset so you can see what all the fuss is about. The reflection of the setting sun on the water makes for an awesome photo.

Wipeout Changes Form in the Winter

Wipeout is wide and sandy in the summer, but in the wintertime, it virtually disappears. It’s more of a rocky bluff when it’s cold, so plan accordingly.

Get Hungry?

When you get hungry, walk to downtown La Jolla, a short distance from both beaches. You’ll find cafes and restaurants there to satisfy your hunger.

Casa Beach & Wipeout
is Known For:
Tide Pools
Tide Pools
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Boardwalk
Boardwalk
Lifeguards
Lifeguards
Restrooms Available
Restrooms Available
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available
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