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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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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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Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

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La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

May 18, 2024

The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. The course then rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through residential La Jolla Shores, and finishes at La Jolla Cove.

For those interested in a shorter option, the La Jolla Shores 5K offers a mostly downhill course and features some of the most scenic views of the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course.

 
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George's Guest Chef Dinner Series

May 7, 2024

We are excited to introduce the Guest Chef Dinner Series, a year-long celebration marking the 40th anniversary of George's at the Cove. In tribute to our rich history and the contributions of past employees who have become successful chefs, this series will feature the culinary skills of these individuals. Each month in 2024, we will host these chefs, offering exclusive dining experiences. Get ready for a diverse array of flavors that showcase the talents nurtured at George's at the Cove, making this anniversary a sensory feast.

 

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A Performance in Dastgah Segah and Dastgah Nava

May 10, 2024

This is the second concert of the Center for World Music series Mesmerizing Melodies from Three Ancient Lands.

La Jolla Community Center
Friday, May 10, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Join us for an unforgettable evening of classical Persian music featuring Pejman Hadadi on percussion, Saeed Kamjoo on the kamânche, and Kourosh Taghavi on the setâr. Dive into these timeless melodies and intricate rhythms as we explore the rich cultural heritage of this captivating musical tradition.

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Playing with Fire Dinner Series

Jun 10, 2024

The popular monthly outdoor grilling event series Playing with Fire returns to The Lodge at Torrey Pines for another season. Join us for a special collaboration dinner featuring guest chef Greg Frey Jr. from The Golden Door, along with The Lodge’s Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Bring your appetite to savor a variety of proteins and seasonal sides cooked over a wood-burning fire. Sip on pours from this event's featured local brewery, Duck Foot Brewing Co., while enjoying scenic views of the Torrey Pines Golf Course on The Grill’s outdoor patio.

A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Casa de Amparo, a San Diego nonprofit that supports those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.

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