Camino De La Costa Beach Access is located on Camino de la Costa just north of Bird Rock in southern La Jolla. At a sharp bend in the road, there is a small public parking area and a city-provided concrete stairwell that leads down to a sandstone rock platform.
At lower tides, there is a sandy beach on the north side of this rocky point and at very low tide there are tide pools to explore in the area. Low tide also allows you to explore to the south along the rugged shoreline that eventually ends below La Jolla Hermosa Park on Chelsea Avenue. That park doesn’t have access to the shore below it, but Camino De La Costa Access can get you there. Along the way the ocean has carved shallow sea caves into the sandstone walls.
If the seas are rough, be very careful here. Sneaker waves can crash onto the rocks and knock you down. Don’t try to explore beyond the stairway area if the tide is high.