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Windansea Beach

Windansea Beach La Jolla, San Diego, California 92037 USA

“surfin' USA”

Windansea Beach is a stretch of coastline located in La Jolla, a community of San Diego, California. The neighborhood adjacent to the beach is named Windansea after the beach. It is named after the 1909 oceanfront Strand Hotel that was renamed "Windansea" Hotel in 1919 after the owner Arthur Snell ran a "naming contest". The Windansea Hotel which was located on Neptune Avenue between Playa del Sur and Playa del Norte burned down in the late 1940s. Geographically, it is defined by the beachfront extending north of Palomar Avenue and south of Westbourne Street. The main peak at Windansea is a reef break. During the winter months, Windansea can have six-to-eight foot surf. Other breaks in the vicinity of Windansea include Middles, Turtles, Simmons (named after Bob Simmons who died at that break in 1954) and Big Rock.A palm-covered shack was originally constructed in 1946 by Woody Ekstrom, Fred Kenyon and Don Okey. "The Surf Shack at Windansea Beach" was designated as an historical landmark by the San Diego Historical Resources Board on May 27, 1998. The parking lot offers just a few spaces and there are no drinking fountains, showers or public restrooms.

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Reviewed by
EmilyFatale

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 13, 2014

This beach is beautiful it offers a large rocky area for the kids to play on lots of shells and wandering around with sea lion Cove its a great place for kids. It's also close to many shops, museums, shopping, wonderful restaurant experiences and Entertainment

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Reviewed by
big_john

  • 58 Reviews
  • 50 Helpful
October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

Such a great spot to surf!!! I have been surfing since I was 18 years old...and there aren't many beaches that offer you this level of waves.

I took my surfing board out...left the wife to sunbathe...and just ran into the water...!!! AMAZING! There were surfers all around truly enjoying the place with the same passion as I did.

We all had a great time while there and will surely re-visit this place next summer!!!

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Windansea Beach

Windansea Beach La Jolla
San Diego, California
92037 USA

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