With a dramatic coastline boasting spectacular views, it's no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla's coastal profile and quaint village lifestyle evokes a Mediterranean feel. With a unique microclimate that rarely drops below 50 degrees or exceeds 90 degrees, combined with unmatched natural beauty, an upscale casual vibe and world-class attractions, La Jolla lives up to its nickname as "the jewel" of San Diego.
La Jolla offers a wide range of accommodations and activities, from upscale and luxurious hotels, to casual fine dining, museums and art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques a slew of outdoor activities. Home to the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and the The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the area also offers well-groomed hiking trails with spectacular views. Along the dramatic coastline lies Scripps Park, where families can picnic throughout the summer while enjoying Fourth of July fireworks and concerts under the stars. There are plenty of cultural attractions to visit in La Jolla, with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla Playhouse and the Museum of Contemporary Art all situated in close proximity to the Village.
La Jolla's biggest draw for locals and tourists alike, are the beaches. During the summer and autumn months, the surf is relatively gentle, with warm waters in 70s. Swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers and surfers can enjoy the local beaches at La Jolla Shores, the Cove and Windansea.
As one of California's most exclusive beachfront communities, a stay in La Jolla will have you feeling luxurious, relaxed and inspired. Be transported to a timeless air of elegance in this upscale beach community, with overnight accommodations that are as luxurious as it is casual, old-world yet modern, sophisticated yet friendly.
Upscale accommodations can be found on Prospect Street, many offering sweeping views of the gorgeous La Jolla coastline and North Torrey Pines Road where a handful of premier hotels and resorts offer luxury guestrooms, well-appointed spas and great dining.
More affordable options are found along Coast Boulevard with moderately-priced bed & breakfast inns near La Jolla's famous beaches, and family friendly resorts that abut La Jolla Shores. Plenty of other lodging options can be found just off the Freeways in the Golden Triangle area, and relatively inexpensive family-style motels can also be found on La Jolla Boulevard heading south into Bird Rock.
La Jolla offers upscale and affordable accommodations that can meet every budget. Browse the articles and listings below for a great place to stay in this seaside paradise.
La Jolla boasts a wide range of dining options, from casual seaside burger joints and authentic taquerías, to award-winning restaurants featuring innovative celebrity chefs. From sushi and fresh seafood, to New American, Mexican and Italian, choosing a place to dine may be as difficult as keeping your eyes on your plate. With restaurants situated right next to the gorgeous La Jolla coastline, you’ll be mesmerized by the view as much as the artful plate of delectable cuisine before you.
Prospect Street is a great place to start when finding a place for fine-dining in La Jolla. There are also excellent options in the areas of Bird Rock, La Jolla Shores and a short drive up North Torrey Pines Road for some of the best dining in San Diego. And if you want to take your meal outside, planning a picnic on the grass at Scripps Park may be the best way to take in the fresh air and beautiful views that La Jolla has to offer.
Browse the list of La Jolla restaurants below to view many of the dining options available in The Jewel of San Diego:
La Jolla offers plenty of activities for visitors who are planning the perfect Southern California vacation. From world-class golf courses and cultural institutions, to shopping, dining and outdoor activities such as hiking, paragliding and surfing, there's something for everyone when exploring this luxurious beach town.
You won't find another golf course that matches the Pacific Ocean views when rounding the 18 holes of Torrey Pines Golf Course. Surrounding the golf course is Torrey Pines State Park, which offers well-groomed hiking trails with spectacular views. If you're the daring and adventurous type, head over to the Torrey Pines Glider Port for some hang gliding or paragliding.
There are plenty of cultural attractions to visit in La Jolla. Explore the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The Aquarium is the interpretive center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where families can learn about the wonders and mysteries of sea life in the local coastal regions. For the thespian or theater lover, don't miss a performance at the La Jolla Playhouse at UCSD. And if you're an art enthusiast, be sure to explore the latest show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, showcasing innovative and perception-altering exhibits of modern and contemporary art. There are also plenty of art galleries showcasing everything from local to globally renowned artists in the galleries along Prospect street and Girard Avenue in La Jolla Village.
La Jolla's biggest draw for locals and tourists alike, are La Jolla's gorgeous beaches. During the summer and autumn months, the surf is relatively gentle, with warm waters in 70s. Swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers and surfers can enjoy the local beaches at La Jolla Shores, the Cove and Windansea.
Cultural events, neighborhood walkabouts and summer festivals are just some of the highlight events that take place throughout the year in La Jolla. From gallery openings, museum events and Broadway shows, to park concerts, major golf tournaments and family fun days at Birch Aquarium, La Jolla offers plenty of festive occasions to celebrate and enjoy.
Browse the articles and listings below for great reasons to plan your next trip to this jewel by the sea.
From the North:
From the I-5 southbound, exit at La Jolla Village Drive, west on La Jolla Village to Torrey Pines Road left (south) to La Jolla Shores Drive and Prospect Street.
From the South and East:
From the I-5 northbound, take the La Jolla Parkway exit west where it meets Torrey Pines Road to La Jolla Shores Drive and Prospect Street.
La Jolla is serviced by bus route 30.
Known as “The Jewel” of San Diego, La Jolla features luxury homes, fine dining and upscale shopping that rivals Rodeo Drive. But the real jewels in La Jolla are the beaches and reefs, which are freely available for visitors and locals alike.Map It!