La Jolla, San Diego
The slopes of Mt. Soledad are what give lucky La Jolla residents their million dollar Pacific Ocean views, and you can drive up to the top of the mountain and get this view too, if only for a little while.
Mt. Soledad is recognizable from the 5 Fwy as the mountain in La Jolla with a large white cross at the top (the cross is the subject of an ongoing court battle regarding the separation of church and state as the park at the top is City property). The cross is officially part of a private veterans memorial, and around the base of the cross there are walls consisting of granite blocks that have been purchased to honor those who have served in the military.
Mt. Soledad Natural Park is located at the peak of the mountain (which is not actually too high - I believe it's only 800 feet above sea level or so) and is accessible from Pacific Beach to the south and La Jolla from the north. The veteran's memorial stands at the center of the park. From the park, you can see much of San Diego County. Looking west, you'll see the beaches of La Jolla and the Pacific, while views of the north overlook the campus of the University of California, San Diego and north coastal San Diego County. Looking eastward, you'll see the mountains in East County. Looking to the South, you'll see downtown, the Bay, Coronado, and all the way to Tijuana, Mexico.
If you're lucky enough to come in the fall when the clouds don't come rolling in from the Pacific to obscure the view, you can get a great view of the sunset from here. There are several benches to sit at, but you can also set up an impromptu picnic in the grass. In the spring/ summer, the marine layer (clouds/fog) rolls in from the ocean (we call affectionately call it "May Gray" and "June Gloom" ) and this will keep you from seeing the sunset, but you'll still be able to enjoy the view.
People also come up here at night to see the city lights, but the parking lot closes at 10 PM and does not reopen until 7 AM. The park is open daily.
Coming from the east coast, I'd never seen a coast line that look like La Jolla. It is truly unique and beautiful. There were lots of kayaks winding their way through the caves along the coast. It's a sunlovers beach, too. Lots of sunbathers and people laying in the sand. They were very interesting to watch. There are some shops along the beach areas, restaurants I think.
You can visit La Jolla and shop, walk and dine at the finest places there. Go to the beach relax during the day. At night go downtown or to Pacific Beach where there is a ton of Nightlife going on clubs, food, people. Or go to Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island it is a site to see!
Surfing in La Jolla is amazing... first off though respect the locals and dont snake anyone (steal their wave) cause fights do break out over stuff like that in So Cal, for the most part La Jolla is full of great people. its one of the more wealthy areas of San diego and in general the people there are very friendly even in the line up waiting for waves. La Jolla cove forms kind of a horse shoe and has nice breaking waves off of each point, the break is on a off shore reef so i wouldnt recommend this for anyone who is a beginner. many people spear fish and lobster fish in the open season in this area because the water is soooo clear compared to much of So Cal so snorkeling and scuba diving is great.
We enjoyed a very nice afternoon in La Jolla at the cove. We spent time reading, relaxing, enjoying the scenery and photographing the gorgeous sunset at the day's end before a nice dinenr at George's at the Cove. There is also a nice grassy area where you can picnic and trails along the ocean for walking.
I've tried all the beaches in LaJolla, much more than once & all are great. More beautiful & cleaner than in the city of San Diego. Some have bad undertows, like Wind 'N Sea Beach, but are beautiful. La Jolla Shores has the most room for people, a playground, parking lot and changing rooms with showers outside. Some grass & picnic areas, too. It is hard to choose a favorite, but Torrey Pines has everything, except easy parking. You have to bring your own food & drink to all these beaches. Last time I checked, you couldn't buy any very nearby. Don't bring glass, of course. It isn't allowed.
Sun is getting disappear at the end of the ocean. Sun is rising at the other side of the ocean. I know the sunshine I am seeing is illuminating the place where I love. Though the blue of Pacific Ocean, I am seeing the people who I love. Standing at La Jolla shore, stargazing.
The Salk Institute was established by Jonas Salk, the man famous for developing the life saving vaccine for polio. For over 40 years important biological studies have been taking place on this beautiful campus that was gifted to the the institute by the city of San Diego and designed by architect Louis Kahn. If you haven't already seen the documentary film, "My Architect", I would suggest renting it. It is about Kahn's son Daniel and his quest to know his now deceased father. The Salk Institute is featured in one scene and having seen it through the eyes of the son/filmmaker will certainly make your visit more meaningful.
This is a beautiful upscale beach community, home of great shopping, restaurants and beaches. It's a wealthy, very desirable community and it's fun checking out the fancy homes and exotic cars.
The Cove is the heart of LaJolla and is a great place to relax or have a picnic. There are some great tide pools and some caves that you can swim in. Snorkeling, swimming, catching some rays . . . you can't go wrong.
From this mountain is located between La Jolla and Pacific Beach.
On the top of the mountain there is a white cross from where in a clear day it's possible to see the hold city. Next to the cross is made a vetereans memorial.
At the time I was there November 2005, the city was discussing about removing the cross. As always, some people is in favor and other against.
La Jolla is about 15 minutes from downtown San Diego and I highly recommend spending an afternoon in this laid back town. I went sea kayaking here and spent the afternoon at the La Jolla beach which can get quite crowded but not too overbearing. The people here are actually great and I was walking by a surfer who told me "Smile, your in California". That's the attitude here which is so refreshing from the Detroit attitude I'm used to "Get out of my way or I'll make you get out of my way." La Jolla has a lot of small eclectic restaurants and surfer shops. I had a sandwich in one of its many seashore cafes which was perfect after kayaking.
La Jolla is where many of San Diego's wealthier residents live. There are many nice homes here if you appreciate architecture. There are also many nice beaches here. Black's Beach is a two mile long, sandy strip situated at the base of majestic cliffs up to 300 feet high. Access to Black's Beach is very difficult due to the high cliffs and lack of improved stairways. The safest access is from adjacent beaches to the north and south, but this access may be obstructed by high tides or surf. Although not officially sanctioned, some patrons of Black's Beach practice nudism.
La Jolla is located 15 minutes from downtown San Diego. It has wonderful beaches, cultural activities and fine restaurants. La Jolla is an exquisite combination of a southern European resort atmosphere and Southern California fun
Soloada national park, a peak at a bird's eye view of the city, bay, valley, hills, and the big blue pacific ocean! also a memoral to some of our fallen heroes! the view is breath taking, weather permiting. join the gods in this heaven like setting.
Some of the best times we had while in San Diego was just strolling along the beach, especially in LaJolla Village. This little village is a beautiful place with great ocean views and manicured parks along the beach. You can also see seals in some areas of the beaches.
One thing that stood out to me was the really tall palm trees! Much taller than the ones in Florida, which I am used to seeing.