Ravina St.

San Diego, California

The beach at the foot of Ravina St. in La Jolla has other, more recognizable names.

A large 5' round storm drain empties out on the beach and reef at what would be the foot of Ravina. For over 50 years , the surf break is called "Horseshoe." Horseshoe is the surfer's name because of the way the wave curves around and forms a horseshoe shape as the wave approaches the reef.

The other, older name for the beach is "Whispering Sands." This name comes from the way the sand will "squeek--squeek" as one walks across the sand at certain times. Only older people and real estate agents refer to it as Whispering Sands anymore.

Going further down the beach--a block or two south, the beach becomes more well known as "Marine Street Beach." Ask just about any kid who grew up in San Diego, and they all know Marine Street as a place where they surfed, partied, bodyboarded, etc. as they went through a phase of their maturing. Marine Street beach is at the foot of Marine Street, and there is a low water run-off storm drain diversion drain at that location--always blocked by sand and not operating. Water from the street just flows onto the sand, and into the ocean.

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . San Diego Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
14°C
Cloudy
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ravina St. is sampled daily from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) monitors 81 coastal beaches across the county. Beaches are monitored year round. Samples are collected daily on a rotating basis; thus, each beach is tested once per week.

Water quality testing done by the DEH is based on standards set forth by the state. San Diego County DEH tests for total coliforms, fecal coliforms, and enterococcus bacteria. San Diego Coastkeeper manager the beach water quality updates for this region. Beaches are updated in Swim Guide as results become available.

Faecal Contamination

Under the guidelines put forth by San Diego County DEH, no person shall operate or permit the operation of a beach or constructed beach unless the water quality in the swimming or bathing area meets the following state standards:

Single Samples

Total Coliforms: less than or equal to 1,000 total coliform bacteria per 100 ml if the ratio of fecal/total coliform bacteria exceeds 0.1
Fecal Coliforms: < / = 400 fecal coliform bacteria / 100 ml
Enteroccoci: < / = 104 enterococcus bacteria / 100 ml
Fecal/Total Ratio: < / = 10,000 total coliform bacteria / 100 ml

Geometric Mean

Total Coliforms: 1,000 organisms/100 m
Fecal Coliforms: 200 organisms/100 ml
Enteroccoci: 35 organisms/100ml

If a beach does not meet the standards, an advisory is posted on the San Diego County DEH website (http://www.sdbeachinfo.com/). San Diego Coastkeeper post advisories through the Swim Guide app and website. The current water quality information is also available on San Diego Coastkeeper’s website: http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org/learn/swimmable/san-diego-water-quality/beach-advisories.html

San Diego County DEH has two levels of beach postings: Advisories are issued when beach water quality may exceed health standards. Closures are issued when sewage or other chemical spills impact or can potentially impact beach water quality. Note that both advisories and closures are marked RED in Swim Guide.

Health advisories are rescinded when the above standards are met.
Monitoring Status

A beach is marked GREEN in Swim Guide when samples results are below the standards set forth by the state for single samples AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples).

A beach is marked RED when samples results are above the standards set forth by the state for single samples AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples).

A beach is marked GREY if there is no current results or no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Ravina St.

San Diego, California

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . San Diego Coastkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
14°C
Cloudy

The beach at the foot of Ravina St. in La Jolla has other, more recognizable names.

A large 5' round storm drain empties out on the beach and reef at what would be the foot of Ravina. For over 50 years , the surf break is called "Horseshoe." Horseshoe is the surfer's name because of the way the wave curves around and forms a horseshoe shape as the wave approaches the reef.

The other, older name for the beach is "Whispering Sands." This name comes from the way the sand will "squeek--squeek" as one walks across the sand at certain times. Only older people and real estate agents refer to it as Whispering Sands anymore.

Going further down the beach--a block or two south, the beach becomes more well known as "Marine Street Beach." Ask just about any kid who grew up in San Diego, and they all know Marine Street as a place where they surfed, partied, bodyboarded, etc. as they went through a phase of their maturing. Marine Street beach is at the foot of Marine Street, and there is a low water run-off storm drain diversion drain at that location--always blocked by sand and not operating. Water from the street just flows onto the sand, and into the ocean.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Ravina St. is sampled daily from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) monitors 81 coastal beaches across the county. Beaches are monitored year round. Samples are collected daily on a rotating basis; thus, each beach is tested once per week.

Water quality testing done by the DEH is based on standards set forth by the state. San Diego County DEH tests for total coliforms, fecal coliforms, and enterococcus bacteria. San Diego Coastkeeper manager the beach water quality updates for this region. Beaches are updated in Swim Guide as results become available.

Faecal Contamination

Under the guidelines put forth by San Diego County DEH, no person shall operate or permit the operation of a beach or constructed beach unless the water quality in the swimming or bathing area meets the following state standards:

Single Samples

Total Coliforms: less than or equal to 1,000 total coliform bacteria per 100 ml if the ratio of fecal/total coliform bacteria exceeds 0.1
Fecal Coliforms: < / = 400 fecal coliform bacteria / 100 ml
Enteroccoci: < / = 104 enterococcus bacteria / 100 ml
Fecal/Total Ratio: < / = 10,000 total coliform bacteria / 100 ml

Geometric Mean

Total Coliforms: 1,000 organisms/100 m
Fecal Coliforms: 200 organisms/100 ml
Enteroccoci: 35 organisms/100ml

If a beach does not meet the standards, an advisory is posted on the San Diego County DEH website (http://www.sdbeachinfo.com/). San Diego Coastkeeper post advisories through the Swim Guide app and website. The current water quality information is also available on San Diego Coastkeeper’s website: http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org/learn/swimmable/san-diego-water-quality/beach-advisories.html

San Diego County DEH has two levels of beach postings: Advisories are issued when beach water quality may exceed health standards. Closures are issued when sewage or other chemical spills impact or can potentially impact beach water quality. Note that both advisories and closures are marked RED in Swim Guide.

Health advisories are rescinded when the above standards are met.
Monitoring Status

A beach is marked GREEN in Swim Guide when samples results are below the standards set forth by the state for single samples AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples).

A beach is marked RED when samples results are above the standards set forth by the state for single samples AND the geometric mean (average of 5 samples).

A beach is marked GREY if there is no current results or no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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