La Jolla, CA, is an ideal choice for those looking for a laid-back beach getaway in a comfortable coastal vacation rental. This charming oceanfront village's curved coastline spans seven gorgeous miles and offers visitors a mild, Mediterranean-like climate with sunny, mid-60s to mid-70s temperatures year-round.
Beautiful and hilly, La Jolla is surrounded on three sides by bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and if you keep your eyes out for harbor seals, you'll likely see them dotting the beaches and surrounding rocky areas.
Where is La Jolla, CA?
Just 13 miles north of San Diego's thriving downtown area, La Jolla is nestled along the sandy shores of the sparkling Pacific Ocean in sunny southern California.
Things to Do in La Jolla
La Jolla Playhouse offers a vibrant and diverse program sure to satisfy any theater-goer. In addition to the entertaining and thought-provoking plays you'll see at the theater itself, you can also see a production at its site-specific program, Without Walls, and catch a play at venues such as the Botanical Garden in Encinitas, Little Italy, or in the playhouse's very own parking lot. And if you're an art lover, you'll want to plan a day at the Museum of Contemporary Art to view exhibitions of unparalleled diversity, showcasing art across all mediums created since 1950.
If the earth's natural wonders are of interest to you, a visit to La Jolla Natural Park, with its 42 acres of flawless natural beauty, is a must. This beautiful natural area boasts a hike that promises stunning views of La Jolla Village and La Jolla Cove. And it's dog-friendly, too! Visit Birch Aquarium at The Scripps Institution of Oceanography for an up-close-and-personal view of fascinating seahorses. Have some fun traveling through the hall of fishes, and hang out to observe the daily scheduled feedings of sharks, lobsters, and other fish and invertebrates.
Visit Sea World for endless hours of fun with rides, shows, and exhibits, or get right on the water at adventure-filled Mission Bay, home of the largest aquatic park in the U.S., and do some kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
Beaches Near La Jolla
Surfers are the mainstay at Windansea Beach, but you'll also find plenty of non-surfers at this secluded, stunning location. Make the trip to admire the jagged rocks and crashing waves, and capture its beauty through photos. Visit La Jolla Cove, the most sought after swimming, snorkeling, and diving location in the San Diego area. The water is calm and the area is protected, so you'll have lots of luck viewing rays, leopard sharks, and other beautiful sea creatures. And if a clothing-optional beach appeals to you, head over to Black's Beach, located in a secluded section of Torrey Pines.
If you're traveling with kids, La Jolla Children's Pool and La Jolla Shores are excellent options for protected swimming, soft sand, and mellow waves. The Children's Pool boasts a healthy seal population, and La Jolla Shores has a pleasant picnic area at Kellogg Park, right next door.
Where to Eat in La Jolla
This dynamic town is a foodie heaven with a plethora of casual and fine dining establishments. From award-winning cuisine to laid-back taco takeout by the sand, you'll have dining choices for every palate!
When you're in the mood for an upscale meal out, Herringbone offers fare for brunch, lunch, dinner, and oyster hour (their version of happy hour), all with a gourmet twist. You'll love their mouthwatering meal options any time of day, and their beautiful desserts and luscious handcrafted cocktails will keep you coming back.
Head to Cody's, serving breakfast and lunch, and enjoy it's hipster vibe while you relax on the patio and savor a scenic meal: blueberry pancakes for breakfast or ling cod tempura for lunch. And be sure to indulge in their brew and wine list, too.
And when you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, La Jolla is full of cupcakeries, ice cream and gelato shops, and specialty bakeries that offer gourmet desserts - make sure to stop by Blush Desserts for a sweet treat!
Nightlife Around La Jolla
If you're in the mood for some nightlife, La Jolla and the surrounding area offers plenty of fun for grownups. Make the short four-mile trek to the bustling beach town of Pacific Beach for a pub crawl. Or visit the popular Aero Club in the lively boardwalk beach town of Mission Beach for a night of pool and friendly socializing.
A classic California community, La Jolla surrounds you with warm sun, sandy beaches, and entertaining activities at every turn, as well as heavenly food options, and plenty of culture, too! Book one of our lovely La Jolla vacation rentals today for fun in the sun and a chance to enjoy everything the San Diego area has to offer!