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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

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

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San Diego French Film Festival

Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2024

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HOME OF THE FAMOUS WINERY TRAIN TOUR OF SAN DIEGO

May 22 - ongoing

The deluxe Chauffeured Winery Tour has been delighting tens of thousands of guests since 2010! It's our most popular tour because we take you to the actual vineyards so you get the whole experience seeing the grapes being grown and learning about how the wine is made. It's also very relaxing and VIP in that we pick you up at your home/hotel. You don't have all the walking and logistics of the getting to the train station and buying the train ticket. It's our most elevated, deluxe experience. Guaranteed, you'll love it! 

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The Ballad of Johnny and June

May 28 - Jul 7, 2024

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Artisan Wine Series Dinner Featuring Far Niente

Jul 18, 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 Far Niente perfectly paired with the multi-course communal meal of seasonal bounty by Executive Chef Kelli Crosson. Bruce Mooers, president of Far Niente, is joining this intimate dinner for an insightful discussion about the selected wine varietals.

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