La Jolla, La Jolla Ca
Sun-soaked afternoons and refreshing ocean breezes envelop the quaint seaside village of La Jolla Ca. Sip a Latte’ in the morning at a European coffee house followed by a stroll on the beach. Enjoy lunch on an ocean-view terrace with silver settings and white-linen service. In the evening, go out on the town for wine tasting and gourmet cuisine—with dozens of world-class restaurants to choose from. Work it all off with a treatment and massage at a local spa--because you're in La Jolla; California's favorite beachside community for wining, dining, exploring and pampering yourself.
La Jolla Beaches
Travelers like to begin by visiting a La Jolla beach or cove. Nature lovers will enjoy La Jolla Children’s Pool: a small, man-made cove that is home to dozens of California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals. Walk out on the concrete breakwater for close-up looks at these magical sea creatures and their offspring.
La Jolla Cove is popular for snorkeling and splashing around in the clear ocean water. Nearby shops rent snorkeling gear with lessons and tours available for those seeking more adventure.
La Jolla Shores is perfect for families and children with its usually calm and gentle surf. Look for the children’s play area at the south end of the beach. La Jolla Shores is also popular for kayaking, scuba diving and Stand Up Paddleboarding. Rentals and lessons are available at nearby Avenida De La Playa.
Windansea Beach and Marine Street Beach are perfect for plopping a chair in the sand and opening a good book for the afternoon. Watch the waves break or maybe some expert surfers if the swell is good. At low tide the tidepools come out and all the little sea creatures that live in them.
For a little exercise take a hike at Torrey Pines State Park. Begin at the top of the park, on the tall sandstone bluffs, and wind your way down sagebrush-lined trails to Torrey Pines State Beach. Walk south to Black’s Beach for seclusion and look for dolphins playing in the surf.
La Jolla Village
After a quiet stroll on the beach, it’s time for a little indulgence. Prospect Street winds through the heart of La Jolla Village and is home to landmarks like the La Valencia Hotel and George’s at the Cove restaurant. Browse menus and hear the specials of the day from the sidewalk maître ds’. Enjoy window shopping for fine jewelry and designer clothing. Or sit back and relax with a salon or spa treatment.
Fine art galleries sit next to t-shirt shops—offering something special for every budget. Taste local craft-brewed beer at La Jolla Brew House or Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Sip fine wines from California and Europe and have a bottle shipped home.
After shopping, rest your legs on an ocean-view terrace for drinks and hors’devours. For lunch or dinner enjoy local seafood, sushi, Italian, Mediterranean, California cuisine—it’s all here and the best of the best. For added convenience try the valet parking—available at many restaurants and hotels. Treat yourself--after all, it’s La Jolla.
La Jolla Theatre and Arts
The La Jolla Playhouse features brilliant and innovative productions of classics, new plays and musicals including Broadway hits. Founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck and several other Hollywood stars, this not-for-profit theater located on the UCSD campus is a local treasure of the arts community.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego located on Prospect St. hosts revolving exhibitions of world –class contemporary modern art and sculpture. The museum is situated overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean and includes a European-style bistro café and a well-stocked gift shop.
The La Jolla Athenaeum Music and Arts Library located at 1008 Wall Street hosts exhibitions of national and internationally known artists in three distinct gallery spaces. Check out their calendar for upcoming shows of Jazz and chamber music.
La Jolla Hike and Outdoors and Sea Life
La Jolla is heaven for outdoors enthusiasts. Start with a hike at Torrey Pines State Park—named after a Pine tree that is indigenous to the park’s coastal bluffs and a tiny island off the southern California coast. The park’s steep trails wind their way down through Coastal Sage and Scrub habitat showing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. During whale migration season look for whale spouts as they surface just off the coast on their way to Baja California Mexico for the winter.
Take a coastal walk along Coast Blvd. Start just south of La Jolla Village at La Jolla Children’s Pool. Walk north on paved sidewalks past tiny beachlets and sandstone bluffs and continue to La Jolla Cove—La Jolla’s most photographed beach. End your walk on the high bluffs above the La Jolla Sea Caves and enjoy the view of La Jolla Shores.
For those wanting to get out on the water—try La Jolla Shores for scuba diving, kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding and surfing. Lessons, tours and rentals are conveniently located just a short walk or drive away on Avenida De La Playa.
Birch Aquarium is a favorite for families and anyone else with a passion for sea life. The Aquarium features a stunning variety of colorful, Pacific marine life featured in more than 60 habitats. Interact with hands-on exhibits that showcase cutting-edge research discoveries.
Getting to La Jolla
La Jolla is conveniently located just a 15 minute car ride from San Diego International Airport. Take Interstate 5 freeway north and exit at La Jolla Parkway. Follow signs to La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines or Downtown La Jolla. Lodging is available in all price ranges from economy motels to ocean view penthouse suites.
Whether you’re traveling on a budget or looking for a high-end getaway, La Jolla treats everyone equally well and nobody leaves disappointed.
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