A wide, sandy beach surrounded by pretty homes and close to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Pier, La Jolla Shores offers families a place to hang out all day with a full playground, easy-access parking and everything you need within walking distance.

Atmosphere: Nestled in a residential area, cozy La Jolla Shores Village has restaurants, delis, and all kinds of beach gear for rent. Adjacent Kellogg Park is popular for picnics; a wide concrete path runs along the beach for a stroll with the sleeping baby.

Parking and Entrance: If you arrive early, park in the lot off Calle Frescota. If not, there is street parking throughout the residential area. Everything here is at sea level, so it’s an easy walk to the beach.

Nice Walks and Views: Walk along the concrete path that stretches the mile-long beach and watch volleyball players or scuba divers getting ready for lessons.

Activities for Toddlers: The newer playground has swings and a large jungle gym. The water tends to be calmer here, so older toddlers might be up for wading or trying out a boogie board (with mom’s help).

Bathrooms: Convenient family bathrooms and showers are near the parking lot and playground.

Perks for Parents: For some adults-only time, rent kayaks or snorkel equipment and enjoy the marine life protected by the La Jolla Ecological Preserve.

Where to Stay with Kids: La Jolla Shores Hotel is right on the beach and offers some rooms with kitchenettes, a children’s wading pool and beach rentals.

Baby-friendly Restaurants: Cheese Shop, a family-owned deli, serves delicious, slightly higher-priced sandwiches and does take-out in case you want a little sand with your lunch.

What Else to Do: Drive to downtown La Jolla to go shopping, which some call the “Beverly Hills” of San Diego. Babies will love watching fish at Birch Aquarium, and there are interactive exhibits for small children also.