La Jolla Cove

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Enjoy world-class shopping, restaurants and beaches in the sparkling “Jewel City” along the ocean.

This hillside community just north of San Diego does indeed seem to sparkle, with exclusive homes along the ocean cliffs, upscale shops and beautiful people. Some of California’s most prized beaches are here. Watch the spectacular surfing and admire the dramatic waves on display at Windansea Beach.

The small and sandy La Jolla Cove, conveniently located downtown, is a picturesque cove sandwiched between two sandstone cliffs. It’s a great place for families to splash in the water and explore the pools at low tide, as is the nearby Children’s Pool Beach. Scripps Park offers a dramatic view from the walkway along the bluffs above the ocean, where you can watch the sea lions sunbathe and play.

The shopping in La Jolla is great for browsing, even if you can’t afford the prices. Stroll along Prospect Street, Girard Avenue and La Jolla Boulevard, where you’ll find little boutiques, art galleries and cafés to sit and sip a latte or enjoy gelato. If you’re looking for world-class food with a view to match, make a reservation well in advance at one of the popular restaurants with a terrace overlooking the ocean.

Active travelers will love the range of sports to try at La Jolla. As well as surfing , there’s scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. If you fancy trying your golf swing 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 professionals have graced these greens.

La Jolla is 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego. Rent a car to make the drive, but leave it parked once you get to La Jolla as the sights are best explored on foot. Public transportation options include San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus service. Route 30 departs from downtown and terminates at La Jolla Village Square.

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La Jolla Cove Suites
La Jolla Cove Suites
2.5 out of 5
1155 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Offering direct access to the beach, this Village of La Jolla hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cuvier Park and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and La Jolla ...
3.5/5 Good! (974 reviews)
"Rooms VMware contemporary and very nice for a 3 or 3.5 star hotel. Reception /check in person was exceptionally nice and went out of his way to help me. I arrived late and my eV car battery was extremely low and needed somewhere to charge it. He helped me to recharge where to go. The slightly lower ..."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

La Jolla Cove Suites
La Valencia Hotel
La Valencia Hotel
4 out of 5
1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA
The price is $409 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Village of La Jolla, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cuvier Park and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and La Jolla Beach are also within 2 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (986 reviews)
"Beautiful, well kept property with friendly staff and wonderful service"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

La Valencia Hotel
Inn By The Sea La Jolla
Inn By The Sea La Jolla
3.5 out of 5
7830 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA
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The price is $149 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Village of La Jolla, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cuvier Park and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and La Jolla Beach are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,339 reviews)
"perfect place to stay."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Inn By The Sea La Jolla
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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La Jolla Cove Suites
La Jolla Cove Suites
2.5 out of 5
1155 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
La Jolla Cove Suites
La Valencia Hotel
La Valencia Hotel
4 out of 5
1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA
The price is $409 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
La Valencia Hotel
Inn By The Sea La Jolla
Inn By The Sea La Jolla
3.5 out of 5
7830 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA
The price is $149 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Inn By The Sea La Jolla
Grande Colonial Hotel
Grande Colonial Hotel
4 out of 5
910 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA
The price is $221 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Grande Colonial Hotel
Pantai Inn
Pantai Inn
3.5 out of 5
1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA
The price is $244 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Pantai Inn
Spectacular La Jolla Cove Oceanfront
Spectacular La Jolla Cove Oceanfront
La Jolla, CA
Spectacular La Jolla Cove Oceanfront
La Jolla Shores Hotel
La Jolla Shores Hotel
3 out of 5
8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA
The price is $155 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
La Jolla Shores Hotel
La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites
La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites
1155 Coast Blvd, San Diego, CA
La Jolla Cove Hotel & Suites
Oceanfront at the Cove - 45% Off Monthly Rate
Oceanfront at the Cove - 45% Off Monthly Rate
La Jolla, CA
Oceanfront at the Cove - 45% Off Monthly Rate
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.