La Jolla Tours

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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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Address: La Jolla, California 92037, USA
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: Free
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La Jolla Coast Bike Tour with Downhill Ride from Mt Soledad

Explore the San Diego coastline and the charming town of La Jolla via bicycle on this 2.5-hour cycling tour. Ride to the top of Mt Soledad with an experienced cycling guide to see panoramic views of La Jolla's beachside cliffs and Pacific Beach's surf breaks. This 10-mile (16-km) ride is suitable for most abilities, but some experience is recommended. Enter one of La Jolla's famed sea caves to learn about the protected shoreline's rich marine life from a naturalist guide. All biking equipment is provided, as well as snacks and water.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Full-Day Tour of the San Diego Coast

Explore the north county coastline of San Diego on a private full-day tour that highlights California's beach culture. Take in scenic beaches and attractions such as Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary, Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Newport Ave in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach Boardwalk, and more. You'll also visit the meditation gardens at Encinitas Temple, a surfing spot nearby, and have time to check out the sea caves and shops of La Jolla. Your tour includes a private driver-guide, activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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USD795.00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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San Diego Surf Lessons

Paddle, pop-up and ride a wave with a 1.5-hour surf lesson at La Jolla Shores, one of San Diego’s most scenic beaches. Learn the basics on the sand, then head into the water with expert instructors and a group of beginning surfers. Catch breaking sets as you surf alongside your instructors, and perfect your technique with their tips and advice. Watch for the dolphins and sea lions that live along the Pacific Coast, enjoy San Diego’s famously warm water, and get an unforgettable taste of California’s most iconic sport.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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USD75.50
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lessons

Learn to steer and balance a stand-up paddleboard with a 1.5-hour lesson at La Jolla Shores, one of San Diego’s most scenic beaches. Paddle alongside your instructor and head out across La Jolla’s flat, calm water, then watch for the sea lions and dolphins that are drawn to the sheltered cove. Practice reading the ocean currents and work on perfecting your stance as you take in sweeping views of the California coast from the deck of a stand-up paddleboard.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this 2-hour trip kayaking in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions and even orcas that inhabit the area. You’ll also kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, guide and optional wetsuit rental.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Diego Highlights

Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a full-day tour of the 'America's finest city'. Listen to the legends behind San Diego's most important sites as you skirt the bay to Coronado Island, explore the Embarcadero then follow lush roads into Balboa Park’s elegant gardens and museums. Pause to find lunch in a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, take in La Jolla’s world-class shopping district and sweeping coastline and finish your day in the heart of downtown San Diego.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Enchanting La Jolla Small-Group Tour

See for yourself why La Jolla has earned a reputation as one of San Diego's most gorgeous and high-profile locales on an afternoon sightseeing tour. Travel from downtown San Diego to the upscale coastal enclave known for its stellar seaside views and rowdy sea lion community, plus extravagant Spanish-style mansions and famous residents. Browse the luxury boutiques of La Jolla Village, explore the marine life of a legendary cove, and take in views of the coast from a mountaintop lookout on this small-group excursion.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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USD99.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Original Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two

Explore La Jolla Ecological Reserve's sea caves during a 90-minute kayaking tour. Follow your experienced guide through several diverse ecological habitats, home to one of the highest concentrations of sea life in California. Paddle toward the Seven Sea Caves, where you can get stunning views from inside Emerald Cave, the only north-facing cave in the state (conditions permitting). Explore a giant kelp forest inhabited by wildlife like otters, harbor seals and sea lions. Use of all kayaking equipment is included; no kayaking experience is necessary.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Full Day Tour of San Diego Coast

Explore the coast of San Diego and its surrounding area on a private tour that takes you from Point Loma to Encinitas. Traveling by 7-passenger van, you'll drive along the Pacific with a guide who can customize the itinerary to suit your interests. Get a look at San Diego's beach culture; visit places frequented by locals; sit back and enjoy the scenery without worrying about driving or parking; stop for drinks, lunch, or shopping; or take a dip in the sea.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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