La Jolla Shores South End of Beach
Renting Snorkel Gear
All the gear you will need, including a mask and snorkel for your day snorkeling, can be rented at a discount when you buy a Go City San Diego pass in advance.
This pass allows you to combine gear rentals for things like snorkels, surfboards and even bikes with admission to the top attractions in San Diego like the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, SeaWorld San Diego in Mission Bay or one of the more than 20 museums in the area, all for less than standard prices.
We also offer a discount code (GVSD5OFF) which you can stack on top of the already discounted prices offered by the Go City San Diego pass.
The Season You Visit Matters
Sea conditions can be quite different based on the time of year of your visit to San Diego.
Make sure to check the forecast before you arrive and select a beach with optimal conditions including calm seas. If you don’t like cool water, consider wearing a wetsuit, especially in the cooler winter months so you are comfortable during your day in the water.
Looking into a Kelp Forest in the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park
Cave, Coves & Kelp Forests
Some of the best marine life in San Diego call caves, coves and kelp forest home. Enjoy exploring these incredible areas and be sure to give the sea creatures plenty of space while snorkeling the waters.
Some of the snorkeling beaches on our list are boat access only, while others are accessible from the shore. Know your abilities and always travel in groups in case there is an issue.
Trying Out Surfing at La Jolla Shores
Other Activities to do after Snorkeling
Many of San Diego’s more than 78 beautiful beaches are not only great for snorkeling but also for additional San Diego activities such as stand up paddle boarding, swimming and even people watching.
Consider renting a SUP, a kayak, a surfboard or taking a surfing lesson from one of the local surf schools to brush up on your skills or experience riding a wave for the first time, all on the same day you spend the afternoon snorkeling.
If you want to stay near one of the best snorkeling beaches in San Diego, the La Jolla neighborhood is the place to be! Consider the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa for a luxury, boutique experience.
As one of the best luxury hotels in all of San Diego, you can expect high end touches like plush bedding, 3 restaurants, a wellness center and spa. Located next to University of California at San Diego and world-class golf at Torrey Pines, the property is also just a short drive to a number of the best spots for snorkeling in San Diego.