La Jolla California
With a dramatic coastline boasting spectacular views, it’s no surprise that La Jolla is one of the most popular beach destinations in California. From world-class shopping to one-of-a-kind dining, La Jolla is a bustling beachside city that always something going on. Surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla’s coastal profile and quaint village lifestyle evokes a Mediterranean feel.
It’s home to famous venues like the Birch Aquarium, Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey Pine Golf Course, which is world famous for hosting the celebrity-filled Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament each year.
Shimmering ocean views to timeless landmarks. Beach culture to high culture. Each day, there’s a new experience waiting for you. The jewel of Southern California sparkles in vacation sunshine year-round. Visit first class sights and attractions throughout the village and around the cove. Stay in gorgeous houses and luxurious hotels. Indulge in all the beauty that’s here, only a few minutes from downtown San Diego.
With a unique microclimate combined with unmatched natural beauty, an upscale casual vibe and world-class attractions, La Jolla lives up to its nickname as “the jewel” of San Diego.
There’s a lot to see and do; we want to make sure you get the inside scoop on it all.
Top 10 Most Popular Attractions in La Jolla California
1. La Jolla California Beaches
The waves here are thought to be the most gentle in the county, making this an ideal place to paddle out in a kayak, learn to surf or scuba dive (plus, the underwater ecological park is nearby). The sunny beauty, gentle breezes and picture postcard views are a vacation haven for tourists and a water recreation highlight for local residents. La Jolla, pronounced “la hoya” means “the jewel” in Spanish and indeed, it is. Several unique beaches dot the seven miles of coastline against a backdrop of exclusive real estate, resorts, cliffs, tall palms and lush greenery.
There’s plenty of flat sand for families to sprawl out as well as lifeguards, showers and restrooms. It’s one of the most family-friendly beaches in San Diego, definitely.
2. La Jolla Open Aire Market
The La Jolla Open Aire Market was originally established to help La Jolla Elementary, a public school, fund a library and a librarian. Now, it helps fund important programs such as art, technology, a school nurse, school improvements and more. It’s a certified farmers market featuring 36 certified farms that participate each week.
Every Sunday, the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary is transformed into a colorful, friendly and wholesome Farmer’s Market. Come experience the community feel, live music, creative artisans, diverse food court, and local farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
Consistently ranked as one of the largest and best farmers markets in San Diego, our Sunday Market in La Jolla has grown to become one of the premier weekly events for locals and tourists alike. Families and their kids can enjoy the live music, fresh air, playgrounds, and grass fields to run and play on.
3. La Jolla Cove and Caves
La Jolla Cove is San Diego’s most desirable spot for kayaking, snorkeling and diving. La Jolla is also home to seven sea caves between La Jolla Shores. All but one (Sunny Jim Sea Cave) are only accessible by kayak though you can see Clam’s Cave from Goldfish Point on Coast Blvd. The caves are perched in 75 million year-old sea cliffs. As you might imagine, everything from immigrants to contraband whiskey have been smuggled into the area via the ocean and hidden inside the caves. Most kayakers enter the ocean at La Jolla Shores beach and paddle out toward the caves. If you don’t have a kayak, it’s easy to rent one or book a tour of the caves.
Visually, the cove is a breathtakingly gorgeous gem. Somewhat hidden with alluring curves and caves, it is often cited as the most photographed beach in San Diego. This ocean view’s striking beauty simply cannot be overstated.
4. Children Pool
La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was supposed to be a swimming area for kids, as the name implies. The sea wall was built in 1931 to protect the area from rough waters and a safe place for Children to swim and at some point harbor seals and sea lions began using the beach to rest, reproduce and molt (hauling out) . Though there is controversy regarding whether they should be permitted to stay, on any given day, locals and tourist can catch a glimpse of them sunbathing, swimming and nursing their pups. It’s pretty cute and kids love it.
Humans and seals coexisted there for awhile until it was determined the bacteria level wasn’t safe for humans and now the area exists as a natural spot for people to view harbor seals.
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