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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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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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San Diego Restaurant Week

Sep 22 - Sep 29, 2019

The 15th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, September 22 through Sunday, September 29 for a delicious dining experience! With over 180 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County, you’re sure to find the perfect place to satisfy any craving.

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High Tide Dinners

Jul 2 - Sep 29, 2019

High Tide Dinners are in full swing! See nature in action as the waves come right up to our picturesque windows as you dine on à la carte specials alongside our seasonal dinner menu. Visit MarineRoom.com for peak tide times, additional dates and menus.

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La Jolla Village Running Tour

Jan 22, 2019 - ongoing

Guided running tour of La Jolla Coast and Village. La Jolla has many off-the-beaten-path secret spots, historical monuments, and cultural points of interest. This 3.5-mile easy run connects the most interesting and historic parts of La Jolla Village, and includes the 145-step descent down into Sunny Jim's Cave at the Cove. We finish with a yoga routine overlooking the waves. 

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Artisan Table Signature Wine Series

Jul 25, 2019

Guests will enjoy a decadent multiple-course wine pairing dinner set on the A.R. Valentien terrace, overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific. The Lodge’s Executive Chef Jackson has partnered with Foxen Vineyard & Winery's Jenny Williamson Doré, Marketing & Sales and Dick Doré, Co-Owner, who hand-selected wines specifically for this dinner, to curate a menu that perfectly complements the flavors in each wine pour. Guests will also experience an intimate discussion about the winemaking process and the inspiration behind each wine with the Dorés.

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