There are many different ways to see La Jolla. You can stroll downtown and visit the many boutiques and shops, or take a tour of the historic buildings in the community. You can lounge on the beach, or hike the parks and nature reserves. But if you’re looking for a particularly athletic way of exploring La Jolla, one favorite method is to take a kayak tour.
You can bring your own kayaks or take a guided tour where you can learn more information both about kayaking and the surrounding scenery. A kayak tour provides both an invigorating workout and an opportunity to take in La Jolla’s shores and waters in a different way.
What You Need
The most obvious thing you need to take with you for a kayak tour of La Jolla is, well, a kayak. You’ll also want paddles and floatation devices for everyone who will be riding the kayak. A dry bag is important to keep all your personal items safe, and a signaling whistle is smart in case of an emergency. If you’re kayaking after dark, make sure to bring a headlamp. You may also want to pack a full water bottle to stay hydrated and perhaps something light and easy to snack on, especially if you’ll be kayaking for a few hours.
Of course, you might not have all of these things beforehand or it might be cumbersome to travel with them. If you arrive without supplies, you can always visit a kayak shop or a kayak school in case you need lessons. Many organized kayak tours will even provide kayak gear themselves.
What to See
The reason kayaking is so popular in La Jolla is because there are so many natural beauties to find in the waters and beaches of La Jolla. Take La Jolla Cove for instance. Many kayakers start there, as do many kayak tours. You can paddle out to the sea caves or to Rock Pile, where you can anchor and go snorkeling to see the vibrant fish habitat.
You can explore the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, a 6,000-acre underwater park that serves as a refuge to a wide variety of sea life. It spans from La Jolla Cove to La Jolla Shores to the edge of the Torrey Pines State Reserve. When you finish touring this wonder, you can kayak back to shore and watch the sun set.
Or you can head out to the Marine Life Refuge, founded almost 100 years ago by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Here you can fish, snorkel or scuba dive. Keep an eye out for leopard sharks, sea lions, or even dolphins!
Where to Stay
So where should you rest your kayak at the end of the day? That’s easy. Why not a historic bed and breakfast just a short walk away from the beach and the shops of downtown? The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla has everything you need to relax in comfort after a day of exploring La Jolla by kayak or any way you choose. Book your room directly today and save 5%.