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Visit the small-town atmosphere of La Jolla
One of my friends got accepted into a medical position at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla! How Lucky!
This seaside resort community is wonderful to walk around in. The charming houses are expensive – there are about 40,000 residents in this beach which is visited by tourists and college students all year round. It is the home of UCSD (University of California, San Diego), the Salk Insitute and it also has a significant number of biotechnology companies.
So, when you eat at some of the nice gourmet restaurants along Prospect Street in this small-town atmosphere, you will likely run into some preppie type people. The rugged coastline is also a nice place to walk around in, to feed the seagulls…and eventually to reach Mount Soledad, a 822-foot-(251-meter)-tall hill that lies between Interstate 5 to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and which also has a huge Latin cross.
Known for it’s beautiful weather averaging 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.4 Celsius) throughout the year, La Jolla entices visitors from neaby San Diego which is just 12 miles south of it, and Orange County which is just 40 miles north of La Jolla.
- Family Travel
An evening in La Jolla
Go to beautiful La Jolla Cove Beach around sunset hour, take a walk along the ocean sidewalk, go see the seals at children's pool, then watch the sun go down. After your beach walk, then go to Prospect Street in La Jolla and stop for dinner at Alfonsos Mexican restaurant.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
La Jolla is technically part of San Diego but to me it felt like it was more of it's own community and not part of the city. This is a wealthy section of San Diego along the coast and it's worth a visit if you are staying in San Diego for more than a day or two. By car it should take you about 15 minutes in non rush hour traffic, more if you take back roads like I did or hit rush hour traffic.
I really enjoyed my visit there, the area around La Jolla Cove is beautiful and I visited on a sunny warm Wednesday afternoon when it wasn't too crowded. The highlight was my visit to the Children's Pool which has been taken over by a herd of more than hundred harbor seals, if I had more time I would have liked to visit the La Jolla Caves and check out a bit more of the coastline.
I put a bit more information on my La Jolla page.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove is located in San Diego. It is a 15 to 30 minute drive, north, from the downtown and is long the strip of beaches that line San Diego.
One part of the Cove is a place where endangered California Sea Lions rest on the beach year round. They have a manmade viewing bridge were you can not only see the seals...but also the waves crash into the rocks.
Just a short walk from this area is the cove with the Underwater National Marine Park where you can snorkle, scuba dive, and enjoy the waters.
It is best to view in the summer because it can get very cold along the water. Make sure to wear a lot of sunblock.
- Family Travel
Nice Beach Town Where Everyone Smiles
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.
Of Pines and Men
Torrey Pines Reserve north of La Jolla is home to the rarest pine trees in the nation. From atop a tall hill, winding trails lead hikers down along wind-swept cliff sides all the way down to the beach far below. The trails will take you past precipitous ravines and barren cliff faces on which erosion has carved strange winding patterns.
- Hiking and Walking
LaJolla (pronounce, 'la hoya')
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.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Best Beaches in Area
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.
- Road Trip
The Cave Store
There are many caves along the La Jolla cliffs. There's one in particular that's set up as a tourist attraction. It's actually a souvenir shop built around the cave.
It's not a big attraction, but interesting. You enter the cave which has stairs leading 100 feet down.
There are lamps set up along the hand rail to guide your way. You have to watch your step as there's a lot of moisture and the steps are slippery. You come out at the bottom of the cliff right next to the ocean.
The cost is around $4 per person to enter the cave.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a great way to spend a couple of hours. They have over 60 underwater displays showcasing everything from California marine life to the warm water tropics. They have a number of "hands on" exhibits as well including a touch pool.
They have a monthly schedule posted on their website of feeding times for various exhibits including the shark tank.
Admission: Adult, $11 and Children, $7.50
Swimming with the fishes!
Go to the cove and have a swim - it's not the nicest beach in San Diego but you don't need to be any sort of SCUBA expert to be able to swim with the fishes here!
Other things to do in La Jolla - shop, visit the Scripps Institute and venture further north to the Torrey Pines State Park
- Diving and Snorkeling
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 Beautiful Coast
My friend and I took an afternoon during our stay in San Diego to drive up the coast and take a look at all the cliffs in La Jolla. I really enjoyed the scenery and the one of a kind look of the landscape in the area. Without a doubt the cliffs are the biggest attraction but there are also a number of very nice parks to relax in as you take a break from your scenery gazing. The town of La Jolla is what you would expect from a wealthy San Diego suburb; the landscape is perfectly manicured and a number of shops selling art and fine clothing are present in the central business district.
Overall La Jolla was probably my favorite thing that I got to see while I was in San Diego. The natural beauty of the coast was very tranquil and the town provided a great place to grab a coffee or a bite to eat and do some shopping after the long walk up the boardwalk.
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
- Luxury Travel
- Spa and Resort
Everyday is a summer day for San Diego because of the wonderful beaches they have. This beach is popular for scuba diving; it is also the only beach boat launch in San Diego. This is an ideal place to learn how to surf; you'll find many surf camps there where the students bravely ride the waves. There is also an underwater canyon off of La Jolla Shores Beach, designated as an ecological preserve, making this beach the richest of all for marine life. Bonfires and sunset watching are popular at the beach as well.
- Sailing and Boating
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