La Jolla translates as “the jewel” in Spanish, named by Spanish settlers in the 1700s. La Jolla is tucked away on the ruggedly magnificent Pacific coast, with seven miles of ocean bluffs and sandstone cliffs, stylish boutiques, and elegant outdoor restaurants. La Jolla makes for a wonderful, laidback vacation.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The ideal time to visit La Jolla is during the summer months, when you can take full advantage of the city’s most notable attractions: the breathtaking beaches and coves. Late summer, particularly end of September, has the finest weather, hottest water temperatures, and less tourists.
— You’ll see the most seals on the beach between the last week of April and the first week of June. Babies are born between Feb 4 and March 4.
— The best place in La Jolla to see the sunset is near Bird Rock.
— The beach parking lots fill fats during the summer, so get there early.
–To avoid disappointment, make reservations for top restaurants well in advance.
WHAT TO SEE
DID YOU KNOW…?
La Jolla is home to the world’s largest yearly gathering of leopard sharks. Locals and visitors alike travel to La Jolla Shores Beach every summer to swim, snorkel, kayak, and dive with sharks.
WHERE TO STAY
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5 Free things to do in La Jolla
- Spend time at La Jolla Cove -La Jolla Cove is a great little beach near Scripps Park that is famous for snorkeling and is close to many seals and sea lions.
- La Jolla Murals – The reputation of La Jolla as an artistic beach town extends beyond its excellent local gallery. Many beautiful murals have popped up around the neighbourhood, and the city has begun to provide art walking tours to assist visitors locate them all.
- La Jolla Tide Pools -This long flat rock plain is dotted with little pools filled with a variety of aquatic animals. On weekends, many families come here to search for creatures at low tide.
- La Jolla Walking Trail – Its entrance is near The Cave Store on Coast Blvd. The dirt route follows the shoreline, providing stunning views of the ocean and sea lions. The walk is great, and there are benches to rest on so you can take in the scenery.
- Stuart Collection – The Stuart Collection is an incredible collection of public art to admire on the UC San Diego campus. The sculptures are huge, with some fitted onto existing structures and landscape.