La Jolla offers many beach activities from just watching the water to Skin Diving. There are at least seven named beaches stretched along La Jolla's coast line and each has a unique quality as well as specific uses. Read more detail of these beaches in the General Tips section of my La Jolla Page.
At the top of the cliff above the Cove is the downtown section of La Jolla. Prospect Street, the main drag and Girard Avenue, one of it's cross streets, are the two most visited. Beyond these two streets tourists don't venture except to find a parking spot.
There are interesting shops and restaurants on these side streets so make sure to check them out too.
If your time in La Jolla is short, exploring the Cove and this downtown section will be enough to make you want to return.
When we go to walk around La Jolla in a Sunny day we always stop to eat some ice cream, there are many ice cream stores around to choose from but Haagen-Dazs is our favorite because we can seat outside in the sun while we eat. it's a little expensive but really worth it.
La Jolla is the main place in San Diego to find Art Galleries, here you will find for all styles and tastes from artistic photography, contemporary art, the classic and elegant to the colorful & modern.
Walk around the business district and you'll find a lot of upscale shops. Armani, Saks, Polo, Cartier, etc. All the biggies are here. Plus, you get to smell the salted air while you shop. Ahhh, paradise.
Remember to bring along an extra bag in cloth material (like what I always do). :-)) If you're coming from Europe or Asia, buy only the
American brand products. They are really, really worth it (read: cheap).
Brands like Clinique, Prescriptives, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Gap, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, Estee Lauder etc. are really good buys.
And if you're really SERIOUS about coinciding your holiday with a MAJOR sale, I can't think of a better time than the FANTASTIC 4th of
July sale - yes, nation-wide.
And for those who absolutely MUST know how cheap American products really cost in the U.S.A., here's a rough guide. Let's take the brand Clinique as an example. Their LARGEST bottle of Clarifying Lotion cost only US$15.50 (excl. sales tax) in U.S.A. That same bottle costs 450 French Francs in Paris/ Nice (France) and US$34 (S$58) in Singapore.
O.K., I'm sure you're convinced now. Happy Shopping then.
Around La Joya you will find a lot of great designer stores and restaurants, but take a look to this little shops also, are full of pretty and interesting Souvenirs to buy.