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

Inn By The Sea La Jolla
Inn By The Sea La Jolla
3.5 out of 5
7830 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA, 92037
The price is $229 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,362 reviews)
"Everything was great except the front parking area. It was so difficult for me to pull out from my stall because there was another car parked behind my car so close and it took me awhile to get out. I parked right next to the handicapped space and it was being occupied and could not pull out diagonally ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

La Jolla Shores Hotel
La Jolla Shores Hotel
3 out of 5
8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA, 92037
The price is $260 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Only seperated from beach by boardwalk. Very good restaurant on site. I will stay here again"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Pantai Inn
Pantai Inn
3.5 out of 5
1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and onsite spa services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (709 reviews)
"Well located within walking distance of restaurants and shopping; rooms and property grounds are kept clean, right across the street from the ocean."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

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, 92037
Stay at this 3.5-star beach cottage in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (135 reviews)
"This was my first stay at Redwood Hollow but it won't be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed my cottage. Spacious with a patio right outside my door. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I loved my stay there!"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

Sonder Bonair Way
Sonder Bonair Way
4 out of 5
Bonair Way, Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a balcony or patio. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
Nice place but lacking for the price.
"Great location. Clean. Had a bad musty smell though. We had to go buy plug ins to stay there the smell was so strong. The AC only works in the living room. The bedrooms were very hot. They had fans but they just moved the hot air. Not enough towels for a location that sleeps 4 people for extended ..."

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2021

Sonder Bonair
Sonder Bonair
4 out of 5
642 Bonair Way, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free parking, a terrace, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the convenient parking ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
comfy stay
"This is a comfy 3 bedroom in a great neighborhood, easy short walk to the beach, grocery store walking distance and a few low-key eateries. Drive into La Jolla village was 5 minutes or 8$ uber. Would definitely rebook this when back in La Jolla."

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2021

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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