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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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SPOTLIGHT ON Beginners Playwriting Course

Jun 13 - Jul 25, 2024

Bring your ideas to life and come out with a completed outline, scene, or even a short play. Sign up now for weekly 2-hour sessions, and learn from one of America's most renowned regional theatre companies.

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Thursday Evenings: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
June 13 – July 25, 2024 (6 Weeks – no class July 4)
Instructor: Gill Sotu (he/him)

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What makes a great piece of theater? Or a compelling character? This class will teach you about the elements of theater, including character, setting, plot, and dialogue, as well as give you an opportunity to write to idea-generating prompts and engage in brainstorming activities. This class is geared toward beginning writers, but is useful for those that want to put their skills to work. By the end, participants will have created an outline,

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Reflections: Art Workshops | 55+

May 24 - Jul 12, 2024

Reflections is an art-making workshop series designed to serve adults 55 and older.

In this new workshop series, interweave tech and art! Participants will learn about the history of watercolor paintings, focusing on techniques and modern applications. Using iPads provided by MCASD, we will also learn how to create digital drawings using the ProCreate app.

Each workshop will include an investigation of contemporary art-making techniques and materials. No prior art experience is required. Transportation will be provided if required. Registration gives participants access to the full series (eight days).

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Artisan Wine Series Dinner Featuring Hundred Acre

Aug 15, 2024

Reserve your seat for this month’s Artisan Table Signature Wine Series dinner for a taste of Napa Valley on the beautiful outdoor terrace at A.R. Valentien. Sip on standout wines from Hundred Acre perfectly paired with the multi-course communal meal of seasonal bounty by Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Dana Manison, Western Regional Manager of Hundred Acre, is joining this intimate dinner for an insightful discussion about the selected wine varietals.

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Sip, Savor and Sea - La Jolla Food Tour

Mar 21 - ongoing

Get to know La Jolla with a local guide as you are led to a total of 5 local stops for food and drinks tastings, an art gallery, and dessert.  La Jolla is known as one of the most pristine neighborhoods in San Diego, and you wouldn't want to miss out on some of the lesser known sights and fascinating stories of this area.  On our tour, your guide will lead you to 3 locally owned restaurants for food and drink samples.  Taste hand made pasta, authentic margaritas and tacos, and Greek flavors as you hear about the very beginnings of the afluent neighborhood.  Learn about how and why La Jolla became known for its arts and science culture, and what continues to make it one of the world's most innovative destinations for bio science research. 

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