La Jolla Travel Guide

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La Jolla Highlights

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     World Class Luxury Resort Community in San Diego, a premier location for watersports activities and a great place to play. 

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     On the verge of being overbuilt... everyone wants to be here 

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     Not to be missed if you are in the San Diego area 

La Jolla Things to Do

  • Prospect Street

    La Jolla is known as one of San Diego's jewel. It is a great spot for snorkeling, swimming, diving, kayaking, and a great area to see rays, garibaldi, and leopard sharks. Its a protective area for wildlife, so sufboarding and other floatation devices are not allowed. The area is absolutely gorgeous and a great place to find a spot and enjoy views!

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  • Birch Aquarium

    The Birch Aquarium, is not in the priority list of most of us, but it's really worthy. The admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $ 7.50 for children of 3-7 years, under 2yrs are free. The parking is free for 3 hrs. The view is spectacular, very interesting exhibitions and entertaining, the view from there is amazing and the place in general...

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  • University of California San Diego

    Consider the idea of checking out the Universtiy of California at San Diego! This might seem like a strange, 'Must See Activity,' but one of the things many people like to do while traveling is to go where tourist usually don't. Also they like to meet people in the community. This is a great place for both requirements. The campus is open and...

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La Jolla Restaurants

  • Brockton Villa Restaurant

    We didn't eat here, but it looked fantastic. Has an outside terrace with lots of shaded tables. There was a line out the door, so that was an good indication it was popular. History: 1894: The first beach cottages were constructed along a formerly barren hillside above the La Jolla Cove. Outstanding among them was this house, built as a weekend...

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  • George's At The Cove

    Georges At The Cove is situated above the cliffs of La Jolla, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Downstairs is an elegant dining room. One would dress nicely to dine here, though casual is not frowned upon. The food is excellent and the service is efficient. The best wines are offered and any celebration would be a success! It's a bit pricey here,...

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  • The Crab Catcher

    We tried this place out because we wanted to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful day. My sister had a crab salad and I had the clam chowder soup. Very good. The prices were too high for my taste and quite frankly the service was terrible that day. I don't like to judge a whole restaurant because of one bad waitress. My sister was NOT happy and made...

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La Jolla Nightlife

  • Eating / Drinking

    This sake bar is wedged between Osteria Romantica and Yummy Sushi and is one of the newer places at The Shores. It's sort of a sports--sake--bar with big screen TVs and sake bottles along the the wall. Just the place for those late night gatherings after a day of surfing or kayaking. Side walk sipping is offered, but any sports minded person...

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  • New And Promising!

    This sake bar is wedged between Osteria Romantica and Yummy Sushi and is one of the newer places at The Shores.It's sort of a sports--sake--bar with big screen TVs and sake bottles along the the wall. Just the place for those late night gatherings after a day of surfing or kayaking.Side walk sipping is offered, but any sports minded person would...

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  • La Valencia Hotel !

    The Whaling Bar & Grill opened just after WW II. The floor-to-ceiling window over looks the Pacific Ocean and is quite impressive. However, it is the ivory, pewter and wood accents that help give it an old world pub feel. The miniature paintings and behind the bar, a large work titled, "Whale's Last Stand" as well as the murals done by Wing Howard...

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La Jolla Transportation

  • By Car

    When a place is very nice and very popular one of the biggest problems is finding a parking space. In La Jolla, especially in The Village and at the beach, this is frustratingly true. However, there are 13 parking lots/structures open to the public and Valet Parking which are also open to the public. Otherwise, street parking is free and the...

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  • Information / Sources

    From the north, take Interstate 5 south and exit at La Jolla Village Drive westbound. Turn left at the signalized intersection at Torrey Pines Road and follow it to the signalized intersection at La Jolla Shores Drive. From the south, take Interstate 5 northbound and exit at Ardath Road. Turn right at the signalized intersection at La Jolla Shores...

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  • Parking Problems

    When a place is very nice and very popular one of the biggest problems is finding a parking space. In La Jolla, especially in The Village and at the beach, this is frustratingly true.However, there are 13 parking lots/structures open to the public and Valet Parking which are also open to the public. Otherwise, street parking is free and the...

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La Jolla Shopping

  • Who would have thought!?

    This little shop not only has one of the most unique assest to La Jolla, but it has some wonderful gifts items in the store. Lots of wonderful historic photo's to enjoy!

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  • Convenient At La Jolla Shores!

    This is a local food market and it is the location near the beach that makes it worth mentioning. Planning a picnic or just need a roll of film? NeighborSavor Food Market is just a block from the beach at La Jolla Shores and a convenient place to pick up the items needed. Besides food they also sell beach items and various other things you might...

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  • Buy, Rent or Take A Tour!

    Though this is the Shopping Tip Section, you may want to know how to go about getting equipment for a day at the beach with out spending as much as it would actually cost to buy everything you want.This is one of several shops offering bike tours or kayaking tours. They rent equipment for half a day or a full day. Kayaks--single person $28.00 to...

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La Jolla Local Customs

  • Arts / Science

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography's main campus consists of 180 acres in La Jolla. Before moving to its present location in 1910, Scripps had been housed first in the boathouse of the Hotel Del Coronado (1903-04), which you can see on my Coronado Restaurants page and then in a small laboratory building near La Jolla Cove (1905-1909.) Scripps...

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  • No Inferiority Complex Here!

    Let me introduce you to Alexander of the Marine Room restaurant. He was prompt, friendly, helpful and gracious. Ask for him when you go to the Marine Room in La Jolla. This tip is not about "tipping" nor is it about restaurants. It is about the classy service one gets in a classy place. Many times that I've guided people into swank places, they...

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  • A Mecca For Scientists

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography's main campus consists of 180 acres in La Jolla. Before moving to its present location in 1910, Scripps had been housed first in the boathouse of the Hotel Del Coronado (1903-04), which you can see on my Coronado Restaurants page and then in a small laboratory building near La Jolla Cove (1905-1909.) Scripps...

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La Jolla Warnings and Dangers

  • Beach Warnings

    Do not bother the seals! I enjoyed seeing the seals. Please don't disturb them. No seals in Kansas. This was first time I ever saw wild seals. Thought seeing the seals here was great. Please heed the signs and do not disturb them with loud noises or get too close.

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  • Unstable Cliffs

    When we were enjoying the lookout, I noticed the gate was ajar to the cliff. A three year old almost made it through and I was able to intercept him from entering to the delight of his very worried dad. The sign is clearly marked for everyones safety, but there were many who paid it no heed.Visitor Center1162 Prospect Street, La Jolla, Ca 92037

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  • Respect the coast

    There are several signs that warn you of dangers to YOUR person. Even more than that, respect the boundaries to avoid endangering OTHER people and the cliffs. I mean, if YOU choose to take a chance with YOURself, fine. But don't mix the rest of us or nature into it.

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La Jolla Tourist Traps

  • The Allure

    Though La Jolla is a mecca for tourist wanting to mingle with the 'rich and famous,' there isn't much in the way of tourist traps! So, I submit this: Black's Beach--San Diego's 'Unofficial' nude beach is just below the pictured cliff. A suspiciously 'convenient' place to locate a hang gliding port. If you know what I mean? Torrey Pines Gliderport...

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  • Black's Beach

    Though La Jolla is a mecca for tourist wanting to mingle with the 'rich and famous,' there isn't much in the way of tourist traps! So, I submit this:Black's Beach--San Diego's 'Unofficial' nude beach is just below the pictured cliff. A suspiciously 'convenient' place to locate a hang gliding port. If you know what I mean?Torrey Pines Gliderport ...

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  • No more cliff jumping....

    Some thing never stay the same. When I lived here in the mid-80's, kids would run and jump of these cliffs. Nowadays, it's forbidden...

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La Jolla What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It seems like it's sunny 360 days a year in San Diego, so don't forget to bring your sunglasses and sun block.

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La Jolla Off The Beaten Path

  • Beaches / Caves / Cliffs / Coves

    Torrey Pines State Park is just stunning. Only $8 per car to get in, this state preserve is located north of La Jolla on the Pacific Coast Highway. Before the preserve, you can stop at the Torrey Pines Gliderport.

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  • UCSD / SIO

    The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, just the place for cerebral types. The Salk Institute is a private, non-profit, research organization located in La Jolla. Scientists here are dedicated to fundamental research in biology and its relation to health, studying such challenging problems as the organization and operation of the brain, the...

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  • Mount Soledad

    Here's a view from atop Mt. Soledad. It's one of the highest view point within San Diego proper. From here one can see downtown SD to the south, Scripps Ranch to the east, Torrey Pines to the notth and the Pacific Ocean on the west.

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La Jolla Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking!

    Throughout San Diego there are bike rental shops and La Jolla is no exception. La Jolla is a mountianous area, well at least it's very hilly, so biking would not be my first choice of sport, but if it suits you, fear not. Bike rentals and even bike tours are offered here! One tour that sounds interesting is from the top of Mount Soledad through...

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  • Surfing!

    Not all of the beaches in La Jolla allow surfing, but several do and if that appeals to you then grab your board and come along.If you don't have a surf board, pick one up at Hike Bike Kayak Inc. one of the surf shops on Avenida de la Playa and give it a try. The shop even gives surfing lessons. It brags that they will have you standing on the...

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  • Kayaking!

    Have you ever thought of coming to San Diego to kayak? Did you know that there are seven caves in San Diego to explore? Did you know that there is a 6,000 acre Underwater Park in San Diego? Well it is so and you'll find all this in La Jolla!Kayaking is something like canoing. If the idea of kayaking on the ocean seems too adventurous for you, it is...

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La Jolla Favorites

  • Beaches / Caves / Cliffs / Coves

    Built in 1894, as late Victorian beach cottages and have been listed on the National Register since 1970's, have sadly not been taking care of for many years and are is such sad shape. Once of cottages was called the Neptune and Cove Tea Room. The local heritage group has been trying to save them, but the owners know the land they sit on is worth...

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  • Tide Pools/ Sea Lions / Harbor Seals

    You will often come across beach coves here and there as you drive around La Jolla La Jolla Caves. Seven natural inlets in the cliffs, accessible to strong swimmers only. Access from land is limited to Sunny Jim, named for its entrance resembling a British cartoon character's profile. Monday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. $1.50 for...

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  • Red Rest and Red Roost 1894 Cottages

    Built in 1894, as late Victorian beach cottages and have been listed on the National Register since 1970's, have sadly not been taking care of for many years and are is such sad shape. Once of cottages was called the Neptune and Cove Tea Room.The local heritage group has been trying to save them, but the owners know the land they sit on is worth...

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    Jun 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    The collection of bird droppings have caused a foul odor to arise around the rocks and cliffs of La Jolla and was causing complaints by those living and playing there. The Mayor of San Diego has found a solution to cleaning the rocks. He brought in a company that releases bioactive agents commonly found in nature, to eat the bird guano without causing damage to the animals or landscape. Read more about it here:

    lajollalight.com/2013/05/24/...

 
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