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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 Cove and Cave Snorkel Tour, San Diego, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

La Jolla Cove and Cave Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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, and ...  Read more

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

From USD $45.00
2-Hour La Jolla Segway Experience, La Jolla, Snorkeling
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

2-Hour La Jolla Segway Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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
San Diego Surf Lessons, San Diego, Segway Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

San Diego Surf Lessons

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 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 at ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.50
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lessons, San Diego, Surfing Lessons
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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 $85.50
Private Full-Day Tour of the San Diego Coast, San Diego, Other Water Sports
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Full-Day Tour of the San Diego Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Experience the beach culture along this 29-mile, 7-hour 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 $795.00
2-Hour Shark Snorkel Tour in La Jolla, San Diego, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

2-Hour Shark Snorkel Tour in La Jolla

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

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 $45.00
Advanced La Jolla Segway Tour, La Jolla, Other Water Sports
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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
Enchanting La Jolla Small-Group Tour, San Diego, Segway Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Enchanting La Jolla Small-Group Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour tour of La Jolla, a world-class destination with shimmering beaches, dramatic ocean views and timeless landmarks. Experience the beach culture ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00
La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour, San Diego, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 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 $40.00
Electric Bike Tour of La Jolla and Mount Soledad, La Jolla, Kayaking & Canoeing
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Electric Bike Tour of La Jolla and Mount Soledad

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

On this 2.5-hour guided tour you'll use powerful electric bikes to meander through the sun-soaked hills of Mount Soledad, San Diego’s highest coastal point ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00

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