4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Add your review

  • 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.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Go San Diego Card

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 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 $83.99

Electric Bike Tour of La Jolla and Mount Soledad

On this tour you'll use powerful electric bikes to meander through the sun-soaked hills of Mount Soledad, San Diego’s highest coastal point with sweeping ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $89.00

2-Hour La Jolla Segway Experience

Enjoy a 2-hour guided segway tour including La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Village (otherwise known as La Jolla Prospect or Downtown La Jolla), beautiful La Jolla ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00

La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Kayak out from La Jolla Shores and watch the magnificent whales as they migrate between Alaska and Baja, Mexico.

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

From USD $55.00

San Diego Surf Lessons

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

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

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

From USD $69.99

San Diego Kids Surf Lessons

Calling all kids who want to be the next Kelly Slater! 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: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.99

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

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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 $44.00

La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

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 $40.00

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message