La Jolla, CA

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La Jolla showing general coastal views, swimming and a sandy beach

This Californian beach town attracts luxury travelers, newlyweds and surfers with gorgeous palm tree parklands, secluded nudist beaches and spectacular waves.

Experience the upscale beach life of La Jolla, where San Diegans go to relax. This seaside community lives up to its affectionate nickname, the “Jewel City,” with excellent restaurants and pristine swimming coves.

La Jolla first became popular in the 1880s when developers realized the value of the region’s protected beaches. Bring the family to La Jolla Cove, which has serene waters for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Let the kids play safely at La Jolla Children’s Pool. This cove is occasionally occupied by an adventurous pack of seals. Find the best waves at Windansea Beach, which is famous for its reef breaks and exquisite sunset views.

Enjoy the luscious lawn and tall palms of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, which commemorates one of the town’s most beloved philanthropists. Visit Scripps’ former residence to find the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where a 20th-century collection consists of more than 4,600 pieces.

Experience the coastal vistas with a long walk along Broken Hill Trail, which has intermittent access to the sands of Black’s Beach. This secluded shoreline is popular with nudists, who enjoy the gorgeous natural landscape punctuated by sandstone cliffs and springtime flowers.

Alternatively, try the easier trails of Razor Point and Parry Grove, which follow the coastal cliffs of Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. Nearby, play a round of golf at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, a championship course with sweeping views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Relax after a walk at one of many spa facilities in La Jolla or get your nails done with a full manicure-pedicure. Browse perfumes, jewelry and antique maps alongside brand-names clothes and curios in La Jolla’s bustling shopping district. This area also has a wide selection of restaurants serving gourmet Italian, Thai fusion and French cuisine.

La Jolla is located 15 miles (23 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego. Access the area by car or public buses that run frequently.

Where to stay in La Jolla

La Jolla Cove Suites
La Jolla Cove Suites
2.5 out of 5
1155 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA
The price is $129 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Offering direct access to the beach, this Village of La Jolla hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Athenaeum Music and Arts Library and Cuvier Park. La Jolla ...
3.6/5Good! (964 reviews)
"the view"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

La Jolla Cove Suites
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
4 out of 5
10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA
The price is $191 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Torrey Pines, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey Pines Golf Course. University of California-San Diego ...
4.1/5Very Good! (962 reviews)
"A classic property that looks out over the Torrey Pines South golf course to the ocean. There are ways to walk out to the beaches and the glider port, and relatively easy access to the golf course, two tennis courts and nice event space. The pool area is good sized and a nice setting, pool temps ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4 out of 5
4240 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $199 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in University City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of California-San Diego and Westfield UTC. VA Medical Center and Birch Aquarium ...
4/5Very Good! (953 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay here. The proximity to the beach, shopping centre and restaurants was brilliant. The room was in good condition - the only negative of the stay was the $15/day wifi charge."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

San Diego Marriott 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.
Redwood Hollow Cottages
Redwood Hollow Cottages
3.5 out of 5
256 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA
Offering direct access to the beach, this Village of La Jolla cottage is in a shopping district and within a 10-minute walk of Cuvier Park and Windansea Beach. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (113 reviews)
"This was a charming oasis. It was clean and restful and the gardens are beautiful. The staff was awesome."

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Redwood Hollow Cottages
Tropical 5BR La Jolla Retreat by NamaStay
Tropical 5BR La Jolla Retreat by NamaStay
4 out of 5
5859 Box Canyon Road, La Jolla, CA
Located in Muirlands, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bird Rock, Crystal Pier, and Mission Beach Boardwalk. Mission Beach and Windansea Beach are ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Was a amazing neighborhood with a great view of San Diego and just minutes from the beach"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Tropical 5BR La Jolla Retreat by NamaStay
Ocean-view Ge Getaway With Huge Fenced Yard 5 Bedroom Home
Ocean-view Ge Getaway With Huge Fenced Yard 5 Bedroom Home
3 out of 5
7758 Ludington Pl, La Jolla, CA
This family-friendly La Jolla vacation home is located in Village of La Jolla, within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Cuvier Park. La ...
Ocean-view Ge Getaway With Huge Fenced Yard 5 Bedroom Home
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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