Wipeout Beach is small sandy area located in the rocky central part of the La Jolla Shoreline. It is right next to the legendary Children’s Pool which was designed specifically for families. In contrast, Wipeout Beach, as its name implies, has a much rougher surf.
Beach Type: Small, Scenic, Sandy beach
Access: Staircase, possibly some rock climbing
Parking: Free street parking
Facilities: Restroom changing at Children’s Pool lifeguard station
Good For: Laying out in the Sun, Tidepools, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Seal viewing
Not Good For: People needing facilities and ease of access, inexperienced swimmers/surfers
We went to Wipeout Beach sometimes when the children were younger and would only dip their toes in the surf. At the time, Children’s Pool had been taken over by the seals. Going any further out gets quite dangerous because of the rip currents and rocks.
Like several La Jolla beaches, you will often see sea lions and seals swimming right up to shore or basking on rocks. For years, we have taken visitors down to this beach just to see the wildlife and dip their toe in the water.
Overall, this can be a nice place to use as a base to sunbath and explore tide pools and climb rocks. Wipeout Beach is right in the heart of La Jolla along one of our most popular walks. There is plenty of attractions and restaurants in this area.
As a final note, that applies to all the beaches in the La Jolla Cove area, this is a popular place. There is free parking but it can be hard to find. We almost always park a few blocks away in central La Jolla village and walk down the hill. However, this also requires walking back up hill.