The rocky shore of Windansea Beach (6800 Neptune Place) is perhaps best known for its beautiful scenery and surf breaks created by underwater reefs. Sandstone rocks act as partitions along the beach offering a secluded atmosphere for sunbathing. Much of the beach at Windansea experiences shorebreak, a condition on steep beaches which results in hard breaking surf right at the shoreline. Swimmers should enter and exit the water carefully to prevent spinal injuries.
Lifeguards are normally staffed at this beach on weekends in springtime, daily in summer, and on weekends in September. The hours are generally from 9:00 a.m. to dusk. Check with lifeguards for specific staff hours.
Most California beaches experience strong rip currents. Our safety tips section provides an explanation of rip currents and some methods of freeing yourself if caught in a rip current. The best advice is to swim near a lifeguard.
Water Activity Zones:
This beach has separate water areas reserved by ordinance for swimming and surfing.
Surfing can be excellent at Windansea, but the popular surf breaks are very concentrated and can become quite crowded and unruly. A few surfers think they own the place. Novice surfers may wish to consider La Jolla Shores instead.
This is not a good beach for scuba diving, due primarily to the shorebreak.
Restrooms and Showers:
There are no public restrooms or showers at this beach or anywhere in the vicinity.
This is a natural beach with numerous sandstone cliff formations. Therefore, the beach is not accessible to wheelchairs. The adjacent sidewalk offers excellent views of the beach.
Receptacles for beach fires are not provided at Windansea. Open beach fires are prohibited at all San Diego beaches.
Standard San Diego beach regulations apply.
Consumption of alcohol is permitted on the beach from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., but prohibited at all times in parking lots, adjacent walkways, and grassy parks adjacent to the beach.
From the north, take Interstate 5 to La Jolla Village Drive, westbound. Turn left on Torrey Pines Road at the signalized intersection. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the signalized intersection at Pearl Street and turn right. Turn left on La Jolla Boulevard at the signalized intersection. Turn right on Nautilus at the signalized intersection.
From the south, take Interstate 5 north to Ardath Road. Continue on Ardath Road as it becomes Torrey Pines Road. Follow Torrey Pines Road to the signalized intersection at Pearl Street and turn right. Turn left on La Jolla Boulevard at the signalized intersection. Turn right on Nautilus at the signalized intersection.
Call San Diego Transit at (619) 233-3004 for buses that serve this beach.
The public parking lot has only 18 spaces. The only other parking is on street in a residential area.