La Jolla California Guide by a Local: Things to Do, Restaurants & Hotels (2022)

Rain or shine, there’s a coastal town near our lovely San Diego that will always be rife with activity, La Jolla, California. Whether you are into Fine Art, world-class golf courses, and luxury boutiques or want to kayak around the caves and hike along the stunning coastline, La Jolla has it all.

La Jolla is much smaller than the city of San Diego, but it can still be fairly difficult to pick what to see and do in town. Amazingly, La Jolla has managed to have mostly small businesses whether it be restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, or grocery stores, most are incredibly unique and lovely.

Whether you are visiting La Jolla as a day trip from San Diego or plan to stay here the whole time, this La Jolla Guide will give you all the info you need, from the best things to do and where to eat and stay in La Jolla.

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Things To Do in La Jolla

La Jolla Cove

This small picturesque beach has a lot more than first meets the eye. La Jolla Cove is under the protection of the marine reserve because the life under the surface of the water is so plentiful and diverse.

It is a popular spot, however, for scuba divers, snorkelers, and swimmers. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see some gorgeous marine life? If you aren’t one for water play, I suggest having a picnic nearby or going fishing.

La Jolla Cove is a lovely spot for families, individuals, and couples alike because when you spend the day somewhere so beautiful, nice things are bound to happen.

La Jolla Village

In this area, you can find really spectacular-looking houses as well as a plethora of small businesses ready for you to explore. La Jolla is a fairly expensive area so the buildings can get really elaborate and interesting to look at in general.

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I enjoy taking a walk around La Jolla Village with a few snacks from the local shops and browse the windows of the boutiques. From time to time, if you’re in town during some common holidays, you’ll see the festivals that take place in the village. Those are really special to see and be a part of and not to mention those ocean views!

If you want to dive a little deeper, I recommend this La Jolla Walking Tour with a local that will show you the most picturesque spots and teach you a little about the history of La Jolla. Book your tour here>>

Children’s Pool

Don’t let the name of this place fool you, this isn’t actually a pool and it’s definitely not for human children. It’s a small sandy area that was originally supposed to really be a children’s pool but the seals of the harbor quickly took a liking and took over.

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Because of this, the community created an observation area where you can sit and watch the seals come and go as they please. I recommend taking a meal with you so you can peacefully observe. I also suggest you go early or later to miss the bigger crowds and enjoy the sound of the ocean and seals.

Kayaking in La Jolla, California

If you look over the beach from one of the cliff sides, you might see quite a few little kayaks moseying about. Kayaking is a popular activity and one that is highly recommended amongst travelers and locals.

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There are a few locally owned kayaking companies that will happily help you learn and explore. The most suggested place to explore are the caves checkered around La Jolla’s section of the Pacific Ocean. You can go on your own, on a tour, or in a group. But no matter how you choose to do it, it’s always so much fun!

Here are some of the top La Jolla Kayaking Tours:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography/ Birch Aquarium

Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Phone: (858) 534. 3474
Tickets: $12 – $16.50
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

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There is one thing I will always remember from my field trips to the Birch Aquarium is how beautiful it is. It’s bright inside no matter how gloomy it is outside. You can always see the ocean from the Smargon Courtyard.

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In the courtyard, you can also visit the nursery animals like swells of shark eggs, sand crabs, clumps of mussels, and so much more. If you’re into stranger things, they have an oddities exhibit that could really blow your mind, it is my favorite area to explore every time I visit.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is an ideal spot for family trips, solo adventures, and couples getaways and definitely worth staying a full day.

The San Diego Go Pass includes the Birch Aquarium. Go get it here or read our full review on whether this pass makes sense for your San Diego trip or not.

La Jolla Playhouse

Location: 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA, 92037 (Inside University of California San Diego)
Phone: (858) 550.1010

The sun and ocean are all well and good but there is something about going to see a play. However, seeing a show at the La Jolla Playhouse is more than just for entertainment. They use whatever power they have to project the voices of artists that should be heard. The playhouse stands firm as allies of BIPOC and makes an effort to start hard conversations, educate, and attempt to make a difference through art and performance.

They are a non-profit theatre, actively supporting new local artists to develop their voices. Their transparency is extremely admirable. I most definitely recommend catching a show or two. Be sure to check out this site for tickets to upcoming shows and performances.

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Museum of Contemporary Art

Hours: Thu-Tue 11 am to 5 pm
Location: 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Phone: (858) 454.3541
Tickets: Free-$10

I absolutely adore museums and art galleries. La Jolla happens to have some really nice options for both, one of which is the Museum of Contemporary Art.

They are focusing now on women artists, featuring women-taught workshops and beautifully done art pieces. For those who can’t physically make it to the museum, they offer online exhibits as well.

Like with any museum or gallery, you cannot see it in its full glory in a short visit. I suggest taking your time and really educating yourself on the beautiful pieces and lovely artists featured.

Torrey Pines

A little bit to the north of La Jolla is a 2,500-acre community filled with playable golf courses, residential space inhabiting dozens of suburban homes, and some really interesting restaurants! Not to mention the miles of fascinatingly complicated hiking and biking trails that lead to peaks with ocean views and down narrow canyons to the beach. This guided hiking tour takes you to some of the hidden nature spots and down stunning slot canyons to the beach.

If you’re looking for inns to stay in a slightly less city setting, I suggest finding a spot here where you may find a quieter room. I recommend this area for older people and golf lovers, for you it is a dream.

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Now now, I did not write this article with the intention of leaving out our surfing lovers or those simply interested in the sport. I did not forget about you! If you already know how to surf, feel free to vibe in the waves since there are plenty of waves to catch at the La Jolla Shores.

If you’re a beginner though, Learn To Surf is a really great way for kids and families to start their surfing adventures. Though, if surfing is a little scary or even boring to you, you can learn to paddleboard safely in a really fun way right on the beach. No matter what funky fun ocean activity you want to do, you can rent equipment from almost any shop along the shorelines.

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Best La Jolla Beaches

La Jolla has some of the best beaches in San Diego. From surfer’s paradise to family-friendly sandy beaches. Here are some of my favorite ones.

La Jolla Shores

If you ask any of the locals where you should go beach-wise, they will probably say La Jolla Shores. It is a very popular beach, the odd one out of the other more hidden beaches in the area. The Shore is a long and wide stretch of beach great for families, kayakers, surfers, or leisurely sun tanning.


Windansea Beach

Tucked below Neptune Place, Windandsea provides a lovely spot for sunbathing. However, more interestingly, it is a spot where expert surfers test their skills against the waves. It’s a humble little beach not meant for big crowds but definitely worth checking out.

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Torrey Pines State Beach

This rocky beach is lovely for observations but can get a little dangerous around the cliffs. There’s a little entrance channel with a beach similar to South Beach in La Jolla. Torrey Pines State Beach is great for hiking, birdwatching, fishing, and sunbathing but keep in mind that animals are not permitted on the beach.

La Jolla Cove Beach

Because this particular beach is protected by a rocky point, it is a safe swimming beach northeast of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. You can lay in the grass in the park above or swim, go snorkeling, scuba diving, and birdwatching. It’s the perfect place for a beach picnic. Dogs are allowed on the beach provided they stay on a leash.

Black’s Beach

This is quite a famous La Jolla beach for its optional clothing policy. It is a combination of the Torrey Pines City Beach and its also a State beach. Much like La Jolla Shores, it is a long stretch of beach suitable for countless activities like swimming, hang gliding, fishing, whale watching, and just general beach exploration. Dogs are welcome if they remain on a leash at all times.

Shell Beach

If you like to collect shells then I suggest going to their nifty little beach. You can go on a stroll on the Coast Walk Trail that goes above La Jolla Bay. From this tiny beach, you can walk to Seal Rock and the Children’s Pool. Shell Beach is perfect for tide pooling, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Be sure to keep your furry friends on a leash if you want to bring them.

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La Jolla Tours

Sea Caves Kayak Tour

If you enjoy the gorgeous coastal scenery, marine life, and kayaking then this might just be the tour for you. This trip takes you around the La Jolla Sea Caves with an expert naturalist as your guide.

During this tour, you will be able to observe birds, dolphins, sea lions, orcas, and so much more sea life that you won’t even believe your eyes. I highly recommend this tour for nature lovers, it provides an interesting adventure and perhaps a newfound appreciation for the ocean.Book your kayaking tour here>>

Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

From December to around March, the gray whales migrate between Alaska and Mexico so they happen to make their way past San Diego. During this time, a neat little kayaking adventure takes place. This whale-watching trip is to bring you into the natural habitat of the whales and thus immerse yourself in their world.

You are guided by an expert who will keep you safe and educated throughout the entire experience. It is a great tour for couples, and individuals excited about adventure and education.Book your whale-watching kayaking tour here>>

La Jolla Segway Tour

While you most certainly can explore La Jolla on foot and walk around, it can get quite exhausting. You can still see the wonder that is La Jolla in about 2 hours with this convenient private La Jolla Segway tour offered by locals. It’s always nice to have a local show you around La Jolla and its many neighborhoods. Book your private Segway tour here>>

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Private La Jolla Tour by Sidecar

If you’re someone who likes to do things in style, this tour might just be for you. They pick you up on a motorcycle sidecar, taking you around the town sights to humbly brag about each. You will learn about the past, present, and the hopeful future of La Jolla.

This is a completely private tour for up to two people in the sidecar. Pets are welcome and will count as your plus one. Pegasus Sidecar Tours remains prepared for rain or shine and is determined to show you a good time.Book your Sidecar Tour here>>

La Jolla: Explore California’s Riviera on a Self-Guided Audio Tour

Group tours are all well and good but sometimes, you just want to take a walk and listen to a Podcast while taking in the local sights. I totally understand. How about walking around town and learning about their history?

With this tour, you can calmly listen to the backstory of La Jolla’s fantastic monuments and historic establishments, remaining unbothered to freely go at your own pace. It makes for a lovely afternoon, don’t you think? Book your self-guided walking tour here>>

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Best La Jollla Restaurants

La Jolla has some of the best restaurants in the city, as well as some of the top Brunch spots. Here are some of our recommendations for restaurants in La Jolla.

A.R Valentien

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 777-6635
Secure Your Table Here
$$$$ | Californian | Reservations Recommended

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Settled in the Lodge Torrey Pines and among their other luxurious dining options, the best would have to be A.R Valentien. They highlight the beautiful fresh flavors of California.

Tables overlook the hotel golf course greens but the real sight to see is the whole reason for the restaurant’s name. Works by A.R Valentien, a 20th-century Californian artist, are displayed on the walls. It gives the restaurant the same air of elegance and freshness as the food they serve.

El Pescador Fish Market

Hours: 11 am to 9 pm
Location: 634 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Phone: (858) 456.2526

For over 40 years, El Pescador has been providing the public with fresh fish daily that’s been sourced from the local fishermen and purveyors. Each dish is designed around the seafood highlight to bring it to its full potential.

This spot is wonderful for solo travelers, couples, and families alike as long as everyone enjoys seafood. The atmosphere is casual with a refreshing elegance that is definitely hard to beat.

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Hours: 4 pm to 8 pm
Location: 2171 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Phone: (858) 454.7373

You may be asking yourself, “Why are they open for only 4 hours a day?” I have the answer for you! This restaurant handmakes everything that they serve. It is a housemade Italian restaurant aimed to provide a cozy dining atmosphere. They spend all day preparing their ingredients carefully for service. It’s quite amazing.

The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-7222
Start Planning Your Perfect Dining Experience Here
$$$$ | Seafood

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It is a well-known fact that the Marine Room is one of the best restaurants in San Diego. For over seven decades, they have welcomed everyone to enjoy their elegantly and carefully made seafood.

Eating here is a dream for many and a renaissance of flavor for those who have. If you’re looking for a primo spot to have an anniversary or date, go here.

George’s at the Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244
Get Your Ocean View Table Here
$$$ | California | Reservation Recommended

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I really love the practices of George’s. They approach every day as if it were a special occasion. With their locally sourced and harvested products, they make some really special dishes.

The contemporary dining room overlooks the beautiful ocean and the employees are so helpful and knowledgeable that it’s hard to not enjoy yourself. They embrace the flavors of San Diego, like fish tacos, and treat their ingredients with so much respect that their dishes turn out amazing.


Hours: (Mon-Sat) 5pm to 9:30pm (Sun) 5pm to 9pm
Location: 8990 University Center Lane, San Diego, CA, 92122
Phone: (858) 453.2583

For date night or perhaps a special occasion, I would say reserve a table at Truluck’s. Their upscale atmosphere serves as an elegant feeling to enhance any special occasion. But what matters most is the food and boy does the food taste spectacular according to their hundreds of reviews. It is sure to top of an already wonderful time.

Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

910 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 964-5400
Make Your Reservations Here
$$ | Seasonal Cuisine


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In the Grande Colonial Hotel, there is a Michelin-reviewed restaurant named Nine-Ten. They interestingly don’t have a set style of cuisine. They rely on what the season offers in an effort to keep up with the evolving San Diego.

The decor is a casual take on an elegant contemporary style. Everyone who works there is well-trained and enthusiastic to help with anything you need. And the ocean views is the cherry on top of this Michelin-praised sundae. Make Your reservation right now so you don’t miss out.

La Jolla Hotels & Vacation Rentals

There are so many stunning hotels and vacation rentals in La Jolla, so many actually that they deserve their own posts. Please take a look here:

Best La Jolla Hotels

Best La Jolla Vacation Rentals

Best Ocean-front Vacation Rentals (many in La Jolla)

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Events in La Jolla

La Jolla Farmer’s Market

Hours: Sunday 9 am to 1 pm
Location: 7335 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA, 92037

On a lazy Sunday, you should mosey on down to the farmers market to check out the handmade art and artisan pieces and the countless amounts of ethically grown produce. Ugh, there are also delicious deli items that are simply to die for.

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La Jolla Village Art Walk

Every second Saturday of the month, there is a lovely art walk set up all over La Jolla Village along with various enjoyable activities. Through the art walk, visitors can awe at beautiful pieces and perhaps learn a few things about the art world in general while having a blast.

La Jolla Half Marathon

Every year, La Jolla hosts one of America’s most beautiful and picturesque point-to-point races that starts in Del Mar and finishes in Torrey Pines State Park. This race takes place to challenge people to become healthier people. But really; it’s just for fun!

La Jolla 4th Of July Extravaganza

Each year on, you guessed it, the 4th of July, there is a huge celebration that takes place in La Jolla. The festivities include parades, food, and business deals. However, at the very end of the day, when the sun sets, fireworks go off near the beach. They sound off and then burst into beautiful colors to represent the country’s holiday.

Pillage the Village

Trust me, when I first heard about this, I thought it was odd too but hear me out. It is a safe trick-or-treating event that happens every year on Halloween afternoon. The businesses that are involved have signs out indicating their abundance of candy. Pillage the Village happens from 3 pm to 6 pm that night and there is much more than just trick or treating like costume contests and a pet-friendly Halloween party!

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Farmers Insurance Open

If you’re a golf fan then you’re in luck! The Farmers Insurance Open occurs in the Torrey Pines Golf Course. I suggest getting your spots soon or even volunteering to be a caddy to really get in on the action! There is food, drinks, and lots of golf fun to be had!

La Jolla Concourse D’élégance Car Show

For those who are particularly fond of old luxury cars or just luxury cars in general, this car show is quite spectacular. For a few days every year, dozens of luxury cars gather together in Torrey Pines to show off cars or simply find out which car is the best of the best for the year.

Grunion Run

This is a funky yearly event that is surely to catch your interest. Every spring, thousands of silvery fish wash up on shore to do their strange ritual mating. You can watch them burying themselves, run on and offshore, and even mate! Grunions can only be found in Southern California so it really is quite a unique event.

Art & Wine Festival

October of every year, La Jolla dedicates a few days to the spectacular industry of art and wine. There are silent auctions, pet adoptions, live entertainment, food, and of course wine and art! It is days of fun and ways for local artists to showcase their work. Definitely check it out if you’re in town!

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Let our ultimate guide to La Jolla restaurants and cafes, sorted by genre and food category, be the guide to your next meal in September 2022.

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In this local's guide to La Jolla California, get an inside look at this southern California gem and discover places to go, get tips for your trip, and more!

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Discover the best things to do in La Jolla California, from beaches to hikes and even where to watch the famous San Diego sunset!

So whether you’re just visiting La Jolla or it’s part of a larger San Diego vacation, don’t miss out on all the best things to do in La Jolla California!. When looking for the best things to do in La Jolla California you have to start with the seals!. The place where you’ll see the most is the La Jolla Cove, but really anywhere along the cliffs in this area will do!. It’s also a great place to go snorkeling and diving to see more of the sea life of La Jolla.. After seeing the underwater park, one of the best things to do in La Jolla California is to experience the seven sea caves.. One of the best things to do in La Jolla San Diego for art fans is to visit the many galleries!. La Valencia Hotel is one of the most beautiful in all of La Jolla, and the good news is even if you’re not staying there you can still experience it!. After a day of fun and adventure one of the best things to do in La Jolla San Diego is happy hour!. Some of the best things to do in La Jolla California involve hiking, and that’s definitely true of Blacks Beach.. There are also some great bars and restaurants on Avenida De La Playa leading to La Jolla shores.. Ultra Luxury – La Valencia – If you’ve ever visited La Jolla then you’ve probably seen the extraordinary pink luxury hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.. Visit the San Diego Zoo , skip the line at the USS Midway Museum , or go on a Sea Cave Kayak Tour in La Jolla!

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Address : 2236 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037 Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30AM – 2:30PM, Friday – Sunday 7:30AM – 3:30PM.. Address : 5525 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 9203 Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 8:30AM – 2:30PM plus 4:30PM – 8PM Friday and Saturday, closed Monday and Tuesday.. La Jolla Shores – Enjoy a multitude of activities on La Jolla Shores, from surfing to beach sports.. Address : 8324 La Vereda, La Jolla, CA 92037. Address : 9883 La Jolla Farms Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037. La Jolla Seals – The seals are an icon of La Jolla and always worth a visit!. Address : 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr S, La Jolla, CA 92037 Hours : Everyday 7AM – 10PM. La Jolla Cove Hotel – This hotel was recently renovated and is just a step away from La Jolla Cove Beach.. Address : 6750 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037. La Jolla , Things to do in La Jolla , Visit San Diego

La Jolla is the perfect upscale beach getaway and here are our favorite La Jolla Hotels that will make your trip unforgettable.

Pantai Inn La Jolla – Photo courtesy of Pantai Inn Pantai Inn , a 30-room seaside boutique hotel is one of La Jolla’s best oceanfront resorts .. Pantai Inn La Jolla – Photo courtesy of Pantai Inn Pantai Inn ’s amenities and services include complimentary lobby drinks and snacks, an impressive deluxe continental breakfast, and outdoor seating with ocean view fire pits.. Suite at the Scripps Inn La Jolla Cove Another boutique property just steps from La Jolla’s world-renowned beaches is the Scripps Inn La Jolla Cove.. Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla – Photos courtesy of Grande Colonial A 97-room boutique hotel, La Jolla’s Grande Colonial is the seaside town’s oldest original lodging.. La Jolla Shores Hotel from the Air – Photo courtesy of La Jolla Shores HotelUnlike the above mentioned La Jolla hotels that are all located within La Jolla village, La Jolla Shores Hotel is nestled on one of the most beautiful beaches on the San Diego coast .. La Jolla Shores Hotel from the Air – Photo courtesy of La Jolla Shores HotelBeach crews are available to set up umbrellas, chairs, and towels for guests at the La Jolla Shores Hotel .. La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club Pool – Photo courtesy of La Jolla Beach & Tennis ClubOne of the region’s most timeless beach resorts, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a landmark oceanfront hotel.. Beach at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club – Photo courtesy of La Jolla Beach & Tennis ClubOne of the best aspects of staying at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is dining at the Marine Room, one of San Diego’s most beloved restaurants.

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You’ll find a wealth of things to do here, from wine tasting at top-notch restaurants to paragliding over the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean.. It’s free to visit and well worth the trip.. Source: jessicakirsh / shutterstockLa Jolla CoveThis rocky, picturesque beach is one of the most popular in La Jolla.. See some of their best prints all in one place in this permanent collection of the magazine’s photography.. Sit at the bar when the oysters are on offer, or have a blowout meal with friends.. La Jolla is known for its long history as a hub for artists, and the museum chronicles the lives of those who have been inspired by the area’s idyllic coastline.

La Jolla travel guide for the best things to do, hotels, restaurants, and shopping in this San Diego, California seaside community I call home.

On this page, I’ve collected all my best La Jolla travel tips, guides to La Jolla attractions, and information about where to stay, what to do, and where to go in La Jolla, whether you’re traveling alone or with kids.La Jolla (aka “The Jewel” of San Diego) is made up of multiple neighborhoods that you’ll need to drive between.. Most tourists stay in The Village near La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, or by Torrey Pines Golf Course near UC San Diego.. Pay attention to whether the hotel you choose is in the Village of La Jolla, La Jolla Shores, or UCSD area because these areas are not walkable to each other.. While La Jolla is often associated with the million-dollar homes that dot the cliffs overlooking San Diego’s gorgeous beaches, this neighborhood is actually laid back.. The place to see sea lions is down the boardwalk at La Jolla Cove , a beach that’s close to both the Sunny Jim Sea Cave and awesome scuba diving and snorkeling spots.. For swimming and calm surf (plus lifeguards, picnic spots, bathrooms, and showers), look no further than La Jolla Shores beach .. This La Jolla beach offers plenty of sand for a glorious San Diego beach day.. La Jolla Shores is home to Dike Rock near Scripps Pier, a tide pool area studied by researchers and where Birch Aquarium naturalists lead public tide pool tours.. The most popular attraction in La Jolla is La Jolla Cove , where beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean are the backdrop against which sea lions frolic and gulls take flight.. Home to the La Jolla Underwater Park , La Jolla Cove has orange Garibaldi (California’s state fish), sea stars, anemones, and lots of other animals to check out under the water.. There are plenty of free things to do in La Jolla , and while going to the beach is one of them, that’s not all there is to do in the neighborhood.

La Jolla offers beautiful views of the ocean and rugged cliffs, but you'll also find elegant restaurants and little cafes, along with upscale shopping, art museums, and a world-class research aquarium.

This area is located between the parking lots and the beach.. La Jolla Cove is a small beach with a different feel from La Jolla Shores.. And La Jolla is one of the best areas for tide pools anywhere along San Diego’s coast.. If you’re looking for hiking with a view, this is the place to go.. Before you go, take a look at the six main trail options online and plan your time.. You will find many fun ways to enjoy the ocean in La Jolla.. Many of the restaurants come with a panoramic view of the ocean, too.. You can find chain hotels such as Hilton in La Jolla, or you can easily stay in downtown San Diego and spend the day in La Jolla.

What to do in La Jolla? How to get there from San Diego? How far is it? Where are the best places to stay in La Jolla?

La Jolla is a renowned coastal resort near San Diego.. La Jolla, famous for seals and sea lions resting in the sun on the beach and rocks in front of the town, is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the county .. How far is La Jolla from San diego?. From downtown San Diego, it takes about an hour to get to La Jolla.. Among the most characteristic areas of downtown La Jolla is undoubtedly Cuvier Park (590 Coast Blvd S), also known as “The Wedding Bowl”, since many couples choose this location as the place to say “I do”.. It is La Jolla Cove, a bay with a promenade framed by cliffs, where a long white beach flanks a stretch of rocky coastline interspersed with small flat rocky coves on which seals and sea lions rest.. La Jolla Shores , located north of La Jolla, is a sandy beach over one mile long.. Not far from La Jolla, just beyond the beautiful residential area, there is Mount Soledad (6905 S La Jolla Scenic Dr), an exceptional vantage point.. The event aims to raise funds for La Jolla Historical Society, an organization that preserves the local historical heritage, and for this reason, the purchase of a ticket is required to access the event area.. If you’re in or around San Diego on the 4th of July, I recommend you go to the 30-minute fireworks show at La Jolla Cove.

Tempt your tastebuds with delicious food in La Jolla, the joyful city in San Diego. Click here for the top cafes you must try in La Jolla, San Diego, California.

However, if you just want to go somewhere relaxing, read on further to explore the top cafes you must try in La Jolla, San Diego, California.. When you step into its lush interiors, make yourself comfortable with its homely ambience.. Brick & Bell Cafe - La Jolla Address : 928 Silverado St, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States. Look no further than Lean and Green Cafe La Jolla, the cafe known to serve healthy meal selections for the health-conscious crowd.. Be delighted by the warm ambience within the cafe as it is decorated with green plants and comfortable furnishings.. Be amazed by the bright and airy environment of Philz Coffee, a popular cafe at the heart of La Jolla that serves a huge variety of aromatic coffees, teas, and pastries.. After all, healthy food should be enjoyed at home too.. Dining by the sea in La Jolla is a wonderful experience and Caroline’s Seaside Cafe is the best place in town to enjoy this.. Step into the chic and contemporary interiors of the cafe for an enjoyable time with family and friends.. Love the ambience of a traditional coffee shop?. Then, Harry’s Coffee Shop is the best place to enjoy a good cup of coffee and freshly baked pastries.. Hot items on the menu include brekkie platters, artisanal toasts, salads, rice bowls, and freshly baked pastries.. Best of all, all food and drinks are available for take-out and delivery for customer’s convenience.. Make your way to the top cafes you must try in La Jolla, San Diego, California.. Explore La Jolla

If you love sealife, birdlife and nature then you'll love La Jolla San Diego. Here's a taste of things to do in La Jolla for nature lovers.

Sea lions were not the only animal we spotted during our dives.. This diving spot really had it all.. First, I focused on a bird that I had never seen before, the “Brandt’s cormorant bird”.. The second I checked the picture on my camera, I looked up at the Pelican and saw how it slowly turned back, looking toward the ocean.. When I checked the time, it was already 5 pm.

La Jolla offers a pleasing range of accommodation styles, from luxe golf resorts to budget-friendly beach hotels, all bookable with Culture Trip.

La Jolla Riviera Inn is within easy reach of the beautiful sands of La Jolla Cove | © Apostolis Giontzis / Alamy Stock Photo. If you want to explore an upscale oceanside town in California , book a hotel in La Jolla – pronounced la hoya – where there’s no shortage of things to do.. It’s all about location at this La Jolla Beach hotel.. The Pantai Inn, a luxury boutique hotel in La Jolla, is nestled close to Shell Beach.. Courtesy of Empress Hotel La Jolla / Expedia. The La Jolla Riviera Inn, positioned near La Jolla Cove and Scripps Pier, offers both apartment-style and traditional hotel rooms.. Courtesy of Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa / Expedia. Courtesy of La Jolla Shores Hotel / Expedia

Discover the elegance that is a La Jolla brunch. Find a restaurant that will please the palate as much as it pleases your wallet.

There’s just something about brunch.. The ingredients are fresh and the wine is well paired at Eddie V’s.. They turned it into the restaurant that you know today as the Brockton Villa Restaurant.. It’s got views, good service, and excellent food & cocktails.. Almost everything you could want on a menu plus beautiful views and friendly service.. Cove House is perfect for relaxing while you experience good coffee, good food, and good vibes.. Brunch.

We take an in-depth look at living in La Jolla. From La Jolla Village to Lower Hermosa, read more about the best La Jolla neighborhoods today.

With over 32,000 people living in La Jolla, it would be hard to think of the location as anything but homey.. Even the people are described as "kind" based on independent polls, so La Jolla neighborhoods are seen as the place to live in San Diego.. When California gained statehood in 1850, La Jolla was one of the locations incorporated into San Diego.. As La Jolla nestled between Los Angeles and San Diego, the location soon earned its fame for hosting many popular events.. The following are ten locations where you can bask in La Jolla's history and enjoy the contemporary joys it has to this day.. There are plenty of places to see and enjoy in this part of La Jolla.. If you are living in La Jolla, it is hard to miss the discussion about Black's Beach in La Jolla Farms .. La Jolla Shores sits right next to this place, giving you direct access to a popular and well-maintained entertainment spot.. Homes in La Jolla Heights are not the center of attention like in other areas, this neighborhood has its benefits.. Make sure you do not mistake this location for the Village of La Jolla.. This is located in the north of La Jolla itself and lies right up next to the University of California San Diego Campus.. A short drive away you can find the shopping centers of La Jolla as well as many picturesque beach experiences.. Come here to experience some of the best shopping that La Jolla has to offer, and you can enjoy several long evenings browsing at the stores here.. The La Jolla Village neighborhood (where LUXURYSOCALREALTY specializes in) runs approximately along Torrey Pines to Prospect Street, to Coast Blvd to Pearl Ave, to High Ave. Shops and dining are along Girard including our Compass La Jolla office.. Now that you know more about the La Jolla neighborhoods, it might be high time to choose where you want to start your new life.


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