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La Jolla

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 is also home to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and plenty of cultural attractions including the La Jolla Playhouse and the Museum of Contemporary Art, all situated in close proximity to The Village.  The University of California San Diego, which hosts the popular Geisel Library and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, are both located in La Jolla as well.  

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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La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

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.

Getting to La Jolla

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.  

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Take a tour with Alana Nichols - Gold Medalist, Motivational Speaker, Water Enthusiast

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Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

Get back to nature and enjoy one of the most beautiful coastal hikes in America. 

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Dine Diego

Sep 15 - Oct 15, 2020

San Diego’s favorite foodie event, San Diego Restaurant Week will take a break this September.  Instead, Dine Diego (presented by San Diego Restaurant Week), will run September 15 through October 15, 2020.  Dine Diego will feature San Diego’s top eateries showcasing all the current offerings for outdoor dining, to-go options and unique in-house promotions.

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Sunday Brunch - Bottomless Mimosas & Micheladas

Feb 24 - ongoing

We have one of the best brunches in San Diego. Click on our Menus tab for the full brunch menu. Catch our BOTTOMLESS Mimosas and Micheladas from 10 am to 3 pm & our brunch Happy Hour from 10 am to noon. What better way to end your Sunday with a walk on the beach or a kayaking tour. The options are endless in The Shores!

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Wine (and Beer!) and Food Walking Tour

Nov 4, 2019 - ongoing

Sip & Sea San Diego on this guided Wine (and Beer!) and Food Walking Tour through historic Old Town and Downtown San Diego.

Explore the birthplace of San Diego with your entertaining guide and enjoy a fun hop aboard the trolley as we indulge in ample pours at EVERY stop!

NO NEED TO DRIVE! This tour is easy to get to from most San Diego locations including downtown San Diego using public transportation (trolley, train, bus).*

Wine (and Beer!) and Food Walking Tour – Historic Old Town/San Diego Includes:**

• Approx. 3 hour*** adventure through historic Old Town/Downtown San Diego. 
• Ample tastings at three (3) custom appointed craft beverage hubs (about 9 pours!)
• Beer options available (in lieu of wine). 
• Expert fun education on the fine art of wine and food pairing. 
• Fun, quick trolley ride - enjoy the local history and culture.
• Delicious food pairings (equivalent to a meal).
• BONUS: Taste scrumptious chocolate with your wine!
• Guided historic, sightseeing walks with beautiful bay views through Old Town/Downtown San Diego (approx. 1 mile total, about 15 minute walks at a time)
• Complete coordination by San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours

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THE SECRET LA JOLLA TOUR

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing

This private tour showcases some of the outstanding yet hidden scenery of the La Jolla area, plus funky, quirky and mind-boggling art. You’ll also experience “San Diego’s newest tourist attraction” – a remarkable treasure that even locals don’t know about!

On this private tour, you’ll stroll through a vast outdoor public art collection specifically designed for the landscape and surroundings. Learn about the origin of the collection, how the artists are chosen, and the meanings of the selected pieces.

The La Jolla area is home to some of the most unique structures in the country, including a Brutalism-style gem with a tie-in to Dr. Suess and an architectural wonder which is one of the American Institute of Architecture’s “31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life.” 

But Shhhhh…. don’t tell anyone about these places….they’re secret!

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