Where a spectacular coastline and upscale village atmosphere define San Diego's Jewel by the Sea
One of the top beach destinations in the world
With a dramatic coastline boasting incredible 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 natural beauty, abundance of activities and upscale village lifestyle ensure that it lives up to its nickname as "the jewel" of San Diego.
Consistently voted one of the top beach destinations in the world, La Jolla offers a wide range of accommodations from luxurious hotels to casual coastal retreats, along with museums and art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, great restaurants and a slew of outdoor activities. Home to the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the scenic cliff area offers well-groomed hiking trails with spectacular views, and world-class golf. At Torrey Pines Gliderport you can soar out over the beach cliffs on a hang glider or just relax and watch the action above.
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. Just south of the park is the Children’s Pool, where a seawall was originally built to protect kids from incoming waves, but has been long taken over by a local seal colony. People are no longer permitted to swim here, but you can walk out along the seawall for a close-up view of the wildlife.
La Jolla's biggest draw for locals and visitors alike are the beautiful beaches. During the summer and autumn months, the surf is relatively gentle, with warm waters in 70s. Swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, kayakers and surfers can enjoy the golden sands of La Jolla Shores, the Cove and Windansea. And be sure to keep an eye out for migrating whales off the coast as they travel to and from Baja California.
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A once in a lifetime chance to view more than 150 spectacularly restored vehicles.
It is fitting that when translated into Spanish, La Jolla means "the jewel", because La Jolla truly is the diamond of the West Coast. La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in San Diego. The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.
The seaside community of La Jolla occupies 7 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean within the north county of San Diego. It is surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches. The main route in and out of La Jolla is the I-5 freeway, from the south exit at La Jolla Village Drive and from the north exit La Jolla Parkway. It is approximately 14 miles from the airport with an average drive time of 20 minutes. La Jolla is serviced by multiple bus routes and Old Town Trolley Tours offers a La Jolla option with on and off privileges.
The Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 27 through Sunday, October 4 for a delicious dining experience! With more than 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving.
Private Winery, Brewery, or Distillery Adventures
Nov 4, 2019 - ongoing
Let us take care of your next big event with a Private Guided Winery, Brewery, or Distillery Adventure!
PERFECT for team building events, large groups, holiday parties, and more!
NO NEED TO DRIVE! We'll pick you up directly from your hotel/office!
Private Guided Winery, Brewery, or Distillery Adventures Include:**
• Up to 6 hr.*** VIP guided adventure to local wineries, breweries, and/or distilleries • Ample tastings at custom-appointed wineries, breweries, and/or distilleries (up to 18 ample pours!)** • Entertaining commentary on local history and culture. • Combination tours also available! • Tasting appreciation presentation and guided winery, brewery, or distillery tour. • Delicious food - appetizers and/or meal options available! • Complete coordination by San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours.
All-Inclusive Bachelorette & Bachelor Parties
Nov 4, 2019 - ongoing
Forget Vegas, San Diego is THE destination for your bachelorette/bachelor party!
Choose from our most popular Chauffeured Brewery, Winery, or Distillery Tours!
NO NEED TO DRIVE! Our Bachelorette/Bachelor packages include pickup from your hotel/residence*!
· Visit custom-appointed local wineries, breweries, and/or distilleries.
· Ample tastings at EVERY stop – up to 18 pours!
· A tasting appreciation presentation and behind the scene tour
· VIP service to make this day fun and memorable for your entire party.
· Delicious Winery/Brewery/Distillery meal.
· A Bachelor & Bachelorette Party gift for each guest on the tour. Our gift to you
· Complete coordination by San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours.
Taco & Margarita Special
Jan 3 - ongoing
Spice up your week with our Taco and Margarita special! Enjoy your choice of Beer Battered Baja Fish, Lemon Lime Grilled Mahi Mahi or Cajun Salmon tacos, complete with black beans, rice, salsa fresca and guacamole, paired with our Shores Margarita for $20.
Film lovers can find a festival or a movie screening catering to their tastes almost every weekend of the year in San Diego. Hundreds of movies are shown at festivals, showcasing the best cinema from around the world.
The History and Heritage of Old Town San Diego
Explore the Birthplace of California
Old Town San Diego is home to an eclectic mix of museums, historic sites, shops, restaurants and attractions.
History & Heritage
The California Missions of San Diego
San Diego's Spanish Heritage
San Diego's Spanish heritage is nowhere more firmly rooted than in its dramatically beautiful missions. It was here the missionary monks, led by Father Junipero Serra, began their chain of 21 missions throughout California. Two missions and two assistencias can still be found within the county.
Galleries & Museums
Free Things to Do that Arts Enthusiasts Will Love
Immerse yourself in art without blowing your budget
Budget-friendly travel doesn’t have to mean giving up the finer things in life. From a 17th century masterpiece to a sci-fi hybrid of technology and art, San Diego has plenty of places to engage your mind and stretch your dollar.
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