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  • Address: La Jolla, California 92037, USA
  • 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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La Jolla Cave Snorkeling Tour, San Diego, null
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La Jolla Cave Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 111 Reviews

In our most advanced snorkeling tour, see what lies beneath on this one-of-a-kind snorkel tour at La Jolla Cove. Get a long glance at the amazing sea life at ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.00
Waverunner Tour of La Jolla Coastline, San Diego, Snorkeling
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Waverunner Tour of La Jolla Coastline

These two-hour guided Waverunner Tours depart from Mission Bay at 8:30am where you will race up the coastline, among the ocean swell, to catch stunning ...  Read more

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

From USD $149.00
Original Sea Cave Kayak Tour, San Diego, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Original Sea Cave Kayak Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

The Original Sea Cave Kayak Tour (90 Minutes in Length) offers unforgettable guided tours through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Each tour is lead by ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.00
Coastal Tour of San Diego, San Diego, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Coastal Tour of San Diego

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

Experience the beach culture along this 29-mile tour of the most scenic beaches and attractions along the north county coastline of San Diego.

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00
La Jolla Cove and Cave Snorkel Tour, San Diego, Day Trips
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La Jolla Cove and Cave Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Snorkeling is rated top 10 things to do in La Jolla. Join this tour of the cove and caves for an amazing adventure! It’s perfect for beginners, adults, ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00
Leopord Shark Snorkel Tour in La Jolla, San Diego, Snorkeling
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Leopord Shark Snorkel Tour in La Jolla

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 15 Reviews

This is an intermediate swimming ability tour: Ever wanted to Swim with Sharks? We have the perfect adventure for you. Experience the thrill of swimming ...  Read more

Location: San Diego, California
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.00
2-Hour Shark Snorkel Tour in La Jolla, San Diego, Snorkeling
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2-Hour Shark Snorkel Tour in La Jolla

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On this La Jolla shark tour, you will encounter Leopard Sharks and other marine wild life. This guided tour is available daily during the spring, summer and ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00
San Diego Surf Lessons, San Diego, Other Water Sports
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San Diego Surf Lessons

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 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
Advanced La Jolla Segway Tour, La Jolla, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Advanced La Jolla Segway Tour

Take in the incredible views on this thrilling segway ride, pushing maximum speed. This tour is all about enjoying quick, open-air riding and amazing scenery. ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lessons, San Diego, Segway Tours
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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

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