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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

Immaculately landscaped parks, white-sand coves, upscale boutiques, and cliffs above deep, clear blue waters make it easy to understand why La Jolla translates from Spanish as “the jewel.”

La Jolla Village sits atop cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean on three sides. Girard Avenue and Prospect Streets are where you’ll find some of San Diego’s best restaurants and certainly its best boutique shopping. For a bit of old La Jolla, head to the La Jolla Historical Society and check out the vintage photos and beach memorabilia. La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego gets ever-changing world-class exhibitions.

Outdoor enthusiasts will have plenty to indulge in at La Jolla. A wonderful walking path skirts the shoreline, beginning at the Children’s Pool, where a jetty protects the beach from big waves. You can watch sea lions up close as they lounge on the shore. Atop Point La Jolla, at the path’s eastern end is Ellen Browning Scripps Park, a tidy expanse of green lawns and palm trees. The area north of northeast of here is simply called “The Shores.” This is the spot where La Jolla’s cliffs meet the wide, sandy beaches north to Del Mar.

Practical Info

La Jolla lies 20 minutes northwest of San Diego, along Interstate 5. A bus takes you from downtown and stops at many sights en route. The surrounding area is home to the University of San Diego and several research institutes. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants in the Village, so plan on spending an afternoon here, longer if you’re staying for dinner.

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Go San Diego Card

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

With access to nearly 50 attractions, activities and tours all around San Diego, the Go San Diego™ Card offers something for everyone! Visit the San Diego Zoo, ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 7 days

From USD $79.99

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

This popular kayak tour will allow you to kayak the La Jolla sea caves and ecological reserve, which boasts an amazing array of scenery and wildlife you can't ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.49

San Diego Coast Tour Including La Jolla and Torrey Pines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Sit back and take in the panoramic coastal views on this tour that includes two of San Diego's most picturesque surrounding communities – La Jolla and Torrey ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.99

San Diego Surf Lessons

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Learn to surf in one of Southern California’s most beautiful settings – La Jolla Shores. Qualified, friendly instructors teach year-round surf lessons for ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $76.99

La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Escape the traffic and enjoy the great outdoors on a guided bike tour along the La Jolla coast, just a few miles north of San Diego. Ride along one of the most ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99

La Jolla Plunge Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy stunning views and stop at many of San Diego's most famous landmarks on the La Jolla Plunge bike tour. Take in 360° views from Mount Soledad and ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2-2.5 hours

From USD $49.99

San Diego Kids Surf Lessons

Calling all kids who want to be the next Laird Hamilton! Learn to surf in one of Southern California’s most beautiful settings – La Jolla Shores – from ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.99

Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lessons

La Jolla Shores in San Diego is the perfect setting to learn the invigorating and fun sport of stand-up paddleboarding. Great instructors and easy-to-use ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $84.99

San Diego Guided Bike Tour

Tour San Diego's vibrant downtown on this scenic, stimulating 3-hour morning bike ride. Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter and up-and-coming East Village ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99

La Jolla Segway Tour

Explore the stunning seaside neighborhood of La Jolla in San Diego on this morning or afternoon Segway tour. See top La Jolla attractions including Windansea ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

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