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Address: Mission Boulevard North, About 16 km (10 miles) northwest of San Diego, La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Each serving as a center of water-sports and recreation in La Jolla, this...

Each serving as a center of water-sports and recreation in La Jolla, this beach and Windansea Beach were immortalized in Tom Wolfe's famous novel, "The Pumphouse Gang."

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I love this beach and come often. I usually come to watch sunsets, play guitar, running, walking and or bring kids to play in the sand. There is parking, bathrooms, and showers.

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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this beach and come often. I usually come to watch sunsets, play guitar, running, walking and or bring kids to play in the sand. There is parking, bathrooms, and showers.

Thank ringinthenewyear
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Beach has washroom, showers, lots of parking, great beach for surfing. A plaque names the original surfer dudes that founded this spot. Some permanent surfers seem to live there

Thank W7542DTpaulm
Calgary, Canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

What a great stop we had at Tourmaline Surfing Park. The surfers were friendly and happy to talk to you and answer questions. Bonus for the afternoon was some great whale watching. We were thankful to have had our binoculars.

1 Thank rustynail78
Beacon, Ny
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40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

This is a very mellow (considering how crowded it can get!) place to surf, especially for long boards. There are many people learning to surf, so you have to be aware of that, but usually they are closer to shore. It's also a great beach to just hang out on if you aren't there for surfing. It's at the north... More 

Thank Steve K
East Lyme, CT
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189 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

What a great spot to go and watch the surfers. Went here with family, not to surf, but to relax and watch the surfers. Everyone is very friendly and we saw some great surfing.

Thank VinMar_10
Parsippany, New Jersey
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79 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Restroom here, parking. Stop to see so many local surfers. To the left of the parking area there were sunbathers.

Thank esteuer
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Perfect place to see local surfers enjoying their favorite sport. You can watch surfing any time of the day.

Thank Gardenia65
Chicago, Illinois
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102 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

I adore this place. Love watching the sun set over the Pacific. Well known surf spot at the end of Tourmaline, heart of Pacific Beach. Many Baby Boomers and over 40s use to wax their boards after work before hitting the surf. Parking lot, but there's a lot of traffic action.

Thank barbarapC4814MC
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 September 2016

great place to learn to longboard the locals are incredibly helpful tudes are checked at the shore!!

Thank waterbum1971
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We rented a board from Bird Rock Surf shop at a great price then got some food and drinks to spend the day. A very friendly beac that you should visit while in La Jolla.

1 Thank Salemgirl

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