Welcome to La Jolla
An affluent and hip seaside village known for its rugged coastline and beautiful views is considered to be San Diego’s “jewel by the sea”
San Diego’s “jewel by the sea” is an affluent and hip seaside community known for its rugged coastline and world-renowned golf course at Torrey Pines. Beach-goers flock to La Jolla because of its gorgeous expanse of beaches, ideal for snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking, and observing the tide pools for crabs and other marine life.
Beyond the water, there are dozens of waterfront restaurants to sample and upscale boutiques to browse. Consistently ranked as one of the top beach destinations in the world, La Jolla offers a range of excellent accommodations that range from ultra-luxe resorts to coastal retreats alongside abundant outdoor recreational opportunities.
What to Love
- An affluent community with a laid-back, down-to-earth lifestyle
- Famous La Jolla beaches are known for great surfing and the tide pools
- Dramatic coastlines and a wide range of shopping and dining
People & Lifestyle
The La Jolla Village, often just called “The Village,” is a mixed residential and business neighborhood at the center of downtown La Jolla. This posh beach resort community is home to many locally-owned art galleries, shops, and restaurants. There’s also La Jolla Shores, renowned for its expansive beach, a favorite launch point for kayaking. La Jolla Shores is a cherished place to live and one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the area, home to beautiful custom homes and beach cottages.
If you want to live somewhere a little more eclectic and laid-back, Bird Rock has more independent boutiques and quaint cafés while still boasting breathtaking views of the ocean. Named after the bird-shaped rock at the end of Bird Rock Avenue, Bird Rock is a fun and unique neighborhood with several oceanfront mansions.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
As mentioned, downtown La Jolla is brimming with all sorts of things to do and places to shop. The Village of La Jolla features most of the area's stores and restaurants along with a large bulk of area residences.
Named for the father of modern surfing and Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s La Jolla is a local Hawaiian restaurant serving authentic cuisine within its two-story interior which boasts outdoor seating and ocean views.
If you plan on dining in La Jolla, take advantage of the community’s astounding oceanfront views by sitting down for an elegant fine dining experience at The Marine Room. This sophisticated eatery plates fresh seafood and French cuisine.
Housed inside the Grande Colonial Hotel, the NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar is ideal for upscale dining with friends over drinks and refined farm-to-table fare.
Things to Do
Golfers can’t get enough of the Torrey Pines Golf Course, the nation’s foremost municipal golf course residing on coastal cliffs that tower above the Pacific Ocean. Adventurers appreciate the Torrey Pines Gliderport, a glider airport that allows guests world-class paragliding or hang-gliding experience over the beautiful region.
From Windansea Beach, you can reach Big Rock Reef, a great place to surf, particularly when the tide is low to mid-tide. La Jolla’s rocky coastline and reefs create peaceful bays and ideal surf conditions in certain areas.