Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove
Picture Perfect Point in San Diego County
AAA Magazine identifies Ellen Scripps Park as the most photographed point in San Diego County. The scenic spot has broad lawns of grass that overlook the Pacific near La Jolla Cove in San Diego, CA. It is a good spot for a picnic through there are only a couple of tables for such. The park is a highly popular place so these are often taken. Parking can also be a problem in the area so it is common to see people lugging their picnic items along the streets in the vicinity to spread their stuff out one a blanket on the grassy expanse.
This is also a good spot from which to fly a kite as the onshore breezes sweep up from the palisade that falls off to the ocean. There is a walkway here around the perimeter of the park as it makes its way along the cliff edge. There are access points to Shell Beach and Boomers Beach and the path extends all the way to La Jolla Cove.
The park is graced with a number of Cyprus and palm trees. It is popular with roller skaters, skateboarders, and joggers. The park occupies a headland area that gives expansive views of the coast both to the north and the south. There are no tall buildings nearby to block the view inland either. The park is set in a residential neighborhood with structures one to two stories tall.
Beach Activities Big Here
La Jolla Cove is another picturesque spot that adjoins Ellen Browning Scripps Park. La Jolla Cove ranks as the top spot in San Diego County for snorkeling and scuba diving. The waters here are part of an Underwater Park Ecological Preserve, an area set aside for special protection because of the exceptional nature of marine life to be found here. The cove provides critical habitat for a large number of crustaceans all of which have protected status here.
The waters in La Jolla Cove have some of the best clarity of ocean water to be found in San Diego County. The protective sweep of the headland above where Ellen Browning Scripps Park is sited makes the wave action here subdued. The beach is considered to be one of the safest ones for swimming in the region. There are lifeguards the year round at La Jolla Cove.
To reach La Jolla Cove from the north take I-5 to La Jolla Village Drive West and turn left on Torrey Pines Rd. Follow this to Prospect St. and turn right. Then go right on Coast Blvd. and watch for the sign marking the cove. If you are coming from the south take I-5 to Ardath Rd. which becomes Torrey Pines Rd. Follow this to Prospect St. and turn right. Go right in Coast Blvd. and watch for sign.
There are places to rent snorkeling equipment on Prospect St. and Coast Blvd. The abundance of marine life makes La Jolla Cove a popular place to go snorkeling.