Seal Rock / Shell Beach Snorkeling

The 13th most popular snorkel dive spot in California.

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North of San Diego in La Jolla, the snorkeling at Seal Rock off Shell Beach offers a semi-protected cove with big rocks to check out. During Seal Rock snorkeling, you may encounter orange Garibaldi fish, leopard sharks, stingrays, shovelnose guitarfish and seals. As long as the surf is calm, the shallow waters offer gentle snorkeling. If you head outside the cove, the snorkeling is more for advanced snorkelers who can handle surf and surge.

The waters around Seal Rock at Shell Beach are known to be quite cold, even in summer. So, unless you are a local who is accustomed to the cold water, you may prefer to use a wet suit while snorkeling here, which is available from nearby rental shops.

To reach the Seal Rock snorkeling at Shell Beach from San Diego or Los Angeles, follow US5 to the La Jolla Parkway Exit. Head west on La Jolla Parkway, which becomes Torrey Pines Road, to the coastline. Turn right on Prospect Place. Turn right on Coast Boulevard and park along the road just south of Rocky Point Park.

Overall, Seal Rock / Shell Beach is the 13th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in California.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  La Jolla Cove Ecological Adventure Tour (858) 483-9718; La Jolla Tourism (858) 454-5718

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Southern California" from Lonely Planet

Recommended Map:  "La Jolla Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Jun.-Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Pantai Inn, La Jolla; La Jolla Shores Hotel

Breakfast Restaurant:  Living Room Coffeehouse, La Jolla

Reference Source:  click here http://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/cove.shtml

GPS:  32.848658, -117.276705

Date Published:  1/24/2018

ID:  25297

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