Are these sea lions or seals? Are sea lions and seals the same thing? Regardless, they hang out on La Jolla Cove. And yes, they are cute. Could they be cuter? But sadly, they stink. Could they be stinkier?
Back in 1991 my friend had her wedding reception at La Valencia and I was one of her bridesmaids. On my visit to her we took advantage of having some time to stroll its lobby while waiting on a friend. Char pointed out a lot of changes that I would not have noticed. All I could see was that it's still as beautiful as ever and that the view is still spectacular.
AND the place is pink! What's there not to love???
When visiting San Diego, I definitely recommend attending a gourmet cooking and dining class at Lajollacooks4u. Lajollacooks4u offers a private, hands-on gourmet cooking and dining experience with views overlooking the Pacific ocean.
Chef Jodi's experience and expertise make her a fine chef and teacher with many delicious recipes under her belt. Her specialty is California cuisine, which she helps you prepare exquisitely. The recipes used are then placed in booklets for each person to take home. All ingredients are fresh and organic, and wines are served complimenting each course. One meal with Chef Jodi includes four courses, including dessert.
I recommend lunch reservations so that the view of the ocean will be mostly clear and the outside patio is available for dining. All reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance so that the staff have time to prepare. According to the website, Lajollacooks4u offers team building activities, as well as girls' night out and honeymoon events. Come with a big appetite, Lajollacooks4u will definitely fill you up!
My husband and I wanted to do a two tank dive in the beautiful La Jolla Cove. We chose to dive with Scuba San Diego and I can't tell you how pleased we were with our selection.
We arrived to our meeting point at 7am. After orientation, we started our first dive, around 8:30am. For our first dive, we were guided on a tour of the world famous La Jolla Cove kelp forest. We had two guides for a group of only 3 people. The maximum depth we went on this dive was about 40 feet. We saw tons of fish including garibaldi, senoritas, bass, and lots lots more. To get to the kelp forest you have to snorkel out to the area with all your gear on and it takes about 30 minutes. They advise that this particular dive is for divers with a minimum of a few dives under their belt. The water temperature was quite warm (it was August) and pretty clear (about 20 feet).
We finished our dive and decompressed for about an hour, allowing enough time to get a snack and a warm cup of coffee at a nearby shack.
Our second dive was along the reef where the sea lions have made their home. If you're lucky, like we were, you will have the chance to play with the sea lions underwater.
Want something "different" to do while in La Jolla?
Go to Torrey Pines Glider Port and be prepared to be fascinated. Whether it's hang gliding, paragliding, flying scale models, or watching a sailplane flight, you will find it here. They give lessons and tours to noviciates. They do repairs and sell equipment to the aficionados, or you can just stand around and watch.
This is a rustic place and the "facilities" leave something to be desired, but this cliff, high above Black's Beach teems with excitment and wonder. After watching for a while you may decide to give it a try. Ask if the wind is right for a "tandum flight." Okay, it will cost $150.00 to $175.00 to fly with a professional and have the experience of a lifetime. No reservations are required--nor accepted. It's first come, first serve, so make your mind up early and enjoy the thrill of flight.
Avenida de la Play is a short street with several shops and restaurants, sort of a mini-village, that gives a different face to La Jolla. A casual, sporty, beach-city face.
However, elegance and luxury is throbbing just under the surface. Especially take a look at the price tags!
The shops here are mainly about water sports, surfing, diving, snorkling, kayaking and swimsuits. There are a few restaurants down here worth trying out and if you have never tried some of these sports, but would like to, you can take lessons and join tours.
Less sporty and more luxurious you'll find down this way, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, The Shores Restaurant, The Sea Lodge and my favorite, The Marine Room Restaurant.
The easiest way to get down here is from Torrey Pines Road going towards Prospect. Turn right on Calle de la Plata and follow it to the end--which is Avenida de la Playa.
Warwicks is a significant book emporium in La Jolla. Not only does it sell books, stationary items and gifts, it offers a full calendar of events featuring Authors of the various books they sell. Some authors are famous, Colleen McCullough, Anne Rice and maybe not so famous yet, Nicolas Sparks, plus many other authors from various genres. These authors offer book signing, some will even tell you about themselves and the process that went into writing their book, which can be very interesting and entertaining. If you don't have a copy of the book being addressed, Warwicks will have them on hand waiting for your purchase.
While planning a stay in La Jolla, check the calendar of events on their webpage to see who'll be there when you are. It is a unique experience and a well spent hour or two. Be warned that if the author is very popular you may have to wait in line to get in.
Mount Soledad stands 822 feet high and offers a 360 degree view that is awesome, especially on a clear day.
There is a great controversy raging over the cross that has been here for over fifty years. At this moment the fate of the cross is not as secure as it had been in the past and hopefully the result of the effort to save it will prevail.
The cross at Mount Soledad has been a part of the Veteran's Memorial since 1952 and the Veteran Memorial Plaques are about five years old and honor United States Veterans of war.
However, the tourist not interested in local disputes will still enjoy a trip up the hill, if only for the views. Sunrise and sunsets are fantastic from this vantage point.
This is really a fun place to visit, especially with children. The Cave Store has had many names during the hundred plus years it's been around and it has stood the pressure of the upward mobil progress La Jolla has made.
The building is much the same as it was when built in the early 1900's on the coastal bluffs. Gustaf Schultz directed the tunnel built from the shop to the cave below and you can descend the steps for about $4.00 for you and $3.00 for your kids. They seem not to have regular hours so call to find out what time they will open on the day of your visit. It would be better to get there when tide is low.
There are seven caves and if you're not up to scuba diving into them, this is the solution. The first cave is called "Sunny Jim" by Frank Baum of Wizard of Oz fame because the shape of the cave from inside-out looked like Denslow's cartoon character Sunny Jim, the 1920's mascot for the British Force Wheat cereal products.
My photo of the cave doesn't do the image justice. Go see for yourself.
When the tide is low there is the added bonus of tidepools which can be even more exciting when you or your children discover small sea creatures caught in the pools.
If sunning yourself at the beach is not enough for you, check out what's going on under the water.
At the northern edge of La Jolla begins the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park, which includes the Marine Life Refuge, and Ecological Reserve and continues up to the Torrey Pines State Reserve.
As early as 1929, the city of San Diego has been working in conjuction with other agencies to research and preserve the coastline, the flora and the fauna in this area.
Scripps Canyon, La Jolla Canyon as well as a couple of artificial reefs compose part of the 6,000 acres of tide and submerged lands that has become the Underwater Park.
Boating, fishing, swimming and diving are allowed in most parts of the Park, but there are exceptions which can be found at the website listed below.
The main purpose of this Underwater Park is to preserve and maintain the beautiful coastline, the natural ecology and to reestablish underwater sea life, but the side effect is a fascinating place, for divers and anyone who is intrigued by the ocean, to explore.
This is just a tiny beach area, tucked between sandstone cliffs, but our favorite spot in La Jolla. We love it because our twins can see a lot of seals here and many pelicans, gulls and I think those birds called cormorants (?). The marine life plentiful because the site is protected by the the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve.
Parking may be ab it difficult during busy weekends, but a few blocks from the coast are parking areas for the public for about $5+. If u r lucky to grab a parking spot in front of the beach cliffs, you can stay there for max of 3 hours.
This place has also been well-photographed so you will see lots of pics of it on the web. The little beach area is full of surfers, boaters, swimmers and kids going through the tidal pool, looking for hermit crabs and other little sea creatures. There is a lifeguard post overlooking the sandy beach.
A lot of the tourists go to the tiny "caves" formed by the water and a little slippery to walk on the boulders - but enjoyable, just watch your step! haha
Because of its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. With small surf in the summer months, the north facing La Jolla Cove is ideal for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers. Water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed 30 feet. La Jolla Cove lies within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which helps to ensure that marine life remains plentiful. Fishing and removal of objects from this area is prohibited, and possession of game is unlawful.
I visited this cross over 20 years before, and just returned on Easter Sunday 2011. As I was driving up through the nice expensive La Jolla community, the memories came back to me. There is ample parking and we were able to park up on the hill....if full, there is extra parking a minute-walk below.
The big white cross (I think recently restored in 2008) is just as I remembered it and once you step out of your car though, the first thing you note is the wonderful view! So you take pictures on the nice green grass and maybe even walk down on the rocky side...be careful of the cliff drop though!
As you approach the monument, you are reminded that this a memorial made in 1954 for the veteran soldiers and those who lost their lives. It was controversial because the cross was a religious symbol being used to honour a military memory.....(state+religion). But who cares, the monument looks awesome and has been a favorite place to visit for years!
The cross is actually 824-ft (251 m) tall hill and I did get there easily through GPS. However, it is really accessible through Interstate 5 (won't go to street specifics here), but it is exactly at 6905 La Jolla Scenic Dr S (between Soledad Park Rd & Via Capri) La Jolla, CA 92037
Walk along the little pier and you can look back along to the beach and watch the seals. Or you can sit on the sand behind the line and watch them laying in the sand or swiming about in the small cove.
Seals are there only in the right season.
The Neurosciences Institute has a similar history to the Salk Institute. It is a non-profit scientific research facility. This facility is however focused on activities of the brain. The buildings on the current site were designed by husband and wife architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and was completed in 1995.
The intent was to create a "Scientific Monastery where creative study of the brain could be conducted" and with that in mind the architects set out creating several buildings focused around a central courtyard. In that courtyard water features, bamboo and several unique passageways allow the visitor to explore the area. The textures of the materials used in the building are quite unique as well. In parts Texas Fossil stone was used, which has impressions of fossilized seashells.
The Salk Institute, completed in 1965, is considered by most architectural critics as an absolute masterpiece. It is located 300 feet in elevation above the ocean on a bluff. This position has created its signature view down the Travertine Marble courtyard with the narrow stream of water seemingly flowing directly off into the distance.
Architect Louis I. Kahn was commissioned for the project by Jonas Salk and asked to "Create a facility worthy of a visit by Pablo Picasso." Beyond the imported Travertine Marble courtyard the structure was built of cast in place pozzolonic concrete which ties back to Ancient Rome. The concrete is noticeable for it's smooth texture and visible construction method.
In most concrete structures the forms are removed and the area where the form ties were used are filled and the entire surface is also refinished. In this structure the form ties are celebrated by installing lead plugs. The overall aura of the site is quite grandeous and the building was designated a historical landmark in 1991.
Guided Architectural tours are available but must be scheduled in advance.
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