Seal Rock / Shell Beach Snorkeling
The 12th most popular snorkel dive spot in California.
Wednesday 24 January 2018 07:01 GMT
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 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in California.