This hillsidecommunity just north of San Diego does indeed seem to sparkle, with exclusivehomes along the ocean cliffs, upscale shops and beautiful people. Some ofCalifornia’s most prized beaches are here. Watch the spectacular surfing andadmire the dramatic waves on display at Windansea Beach.
The small and sandyLa Jolla Cove, conveniently located downtown, is a picturesque cove sandwichedbetween two sandstone cliffs. It’s a great place for families to splash in thewater and explore the pools at low tide, as is the nearby Children’s PoolBeach. Scripps Park offers a dramatic view from the walkway along the bluffsabove the ocean, where you can watch the sea lions sunbathe and play.
The shopping in LaJolla is great for browsing, even if you can’t afford the prices. Stroll alongProspect Street, Girard Avenue and La Jolla Boulevard, where you’ll find littleboutiques, art galleries and cafés to sit and sip a latte or enjoy gelato. Ifyou’re looking for world-class food with a view to match, make a reservationwell in advance at one of the popular restaurants with a terrace overlooking theocean.
Active travelers willlove the range of sports to try at La Jolla. As well as surfing , there’s scubadiving and snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. If you fancy trying your golfswing on a PGA course, then head to the exquisite fairways of Torrey Pines,just a 10-minute drive from La Jolla. Tiger Woods and many other professionalshave graced these greens.
LaJolla is 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego. Rent a car tomake the drive, but leave it parked once you get to La Jolla as the sights are bestexplored on foot. Public transportation options include San Diego’sMetropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus service. Route 30 departs from downtownand terminates at La Jolla Village Square.