Introduction To La Jolla

La Jolla California, is a seaside resort community of

around 25,000. Spanish for "the jewel", it's often

times referred to as "jewel by the sea". La Jolla

borders the Pacific Ocean to the south and extends

north to Torrey Pines State Reserve and Del Mar,


Along the way, La Jolla encompasses neighborhoods

like Bird Rock, Windansea, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla

Farms, Torrey Pines, Mount Soledad, and even La Jolla


Residents of La Jolla and business owners refer to

the "village" or "town" of La Jolla. The official

postal address for the zip code 92037 is actually La

Jolla, and not San Diego as it is for most

communities within the City of San Diego. Sometimes,

tourists get confused and believe that La Jolla is

actually a seperate city, which it isn't.

La Jolla is a community of the City of San Diego.

La Jolla has several community groups that work to

unify the voice of the area, including several non

profit organizations.

With it's palm lined streets, large homes, and

tropical climate and atmosphere, La Jolla is like

a southern European village with it's own touch of

Beverly Hills along the retail shops on Prospect

Street. A lot of the natural charm from La Jolla

stems from the presence of the ocean and Mount


Several narrow curvy roads follow the contours of

Soledad with hundreds of nice homes overlooking the

ocean, nestled gently on the slopes. There are

several sandy beaches here as well, including the

Windansea Beach, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Beach,

and La Jolla Shores.

La Jolla also has the Torrey Pines Golf Course,

which was made famous by the PGA Tour Buick

Invitational held there each February. Down the

steep cliffs frm the golf course is the famous

Black's Beach.

The downtown area of La Jolla is well known for

it's jewelry stores, upmarket restaurants, and

even hotels. Prospect Street and Girad Avenue

also offer several famous boutiques. Well known

for its architectural and historical presence is

the La Valencia Hotel, which used to welcome movie

stars on retreat from Hollywood.

Recently, harbor seals have taken over the Children's

Beach, which is a quiet man made cove near the

downtown area. The seals are protected under

federal law, so removing them is nearly impossible.

Now, the beach is open, as the rope is down.

Swimming here is allowed, although it's not



One Day In La Jolla

You could easily spend a week in La Jolla, walking

on the beach, puttering around town and enjoying

meals in great restaurants; but if you only have

one day, you can still enjoy some of the best La

Jolla has to offer.

You'll want to start off by going to the beach. La

Jolla Shores is one of the best beaches in the

state of California, with a gently sloping beach

and panoramic views. A sunset or morning walk

on the beach is enough to relax even the most

stressed individual. The walk is better with the

tide going out, as it leaves the beach with a

mirror like water display.

La Jolla is home to some of the best restaurants,

with many of them serving excellent cuisine at

lunch, although a lower price at night. This way,

you can live large on just the right budget.

Something else you'll want to do is go tide pooling.

The Tiny La Jolla Cove is a couple of blocks away

from downtown, and accessible by a stairway. At

low tides, the tide pools will have hundreds and

hundreds of hermit crabs.

Walking around is also a great way to spend part

of your day. You can go for a window shopping

stroll along Prospect Avenue and the side streets

there. With chain stores in sight, you'll

probably find something you must have.

If you have time to stay through the evening,

the La Jolla Playhouse is worth your time, as it

offers plenty of entertainment for the entire


For just a day to spend in La Jolla, there is a

lot that you can do. Once you spend a day in

La Jolla, you'll probably find yourself wanting

to come back for more - the town is simply that



Best Hotels In La Jolla

If you've ever been to La Jolla, you are probably

aware of the fact that finding a hotel can be a

pretty tough task indeed. To help you with your

quest, you'll find some of the best hotels in La

Jolla. This way, you'll be well prepared when you

visit again.

1. Travelodge La Jolla Beach

Located close to the Windandsea Beach, this hotel

is in a quiet area. There are 44 rooms here, with

a fitness center less than a block away. Travelodge

also offers free wireless and internet service,

which is great for those who like computers.

2. Radisson Hotel La Jolla

This hotel offers landscaped grounds with waterfalls,

gardens, and it's convenient to UCSD and the La

Jolla Village Square. The hotel has 252 rooms, with

a complimentary airport shuttle. Located at 3299

Holiday Court, this hotel is an excellent choice

to stay.

3. La Jolla Village Lodge

The La Jolla Village Lodge is a three stories, and

offers quite a bargain in price. With 30 rooms,

free parking and a free continental breakfast, the

La Jolla Village Lodge is a great addition to the

La Jolla area.

4. Redwood Hollow

The Redwood Hollow is more of a studio or one and

two bedroom cottages, offering full kitchens on

1/2 acre of gardens. Close to the beach, this

lodge offers 11 rooms and plenty of views. Located

at 256 Prospect Street, you'll be close to what

you want to do in La Jolla.

5. Empress Hotel

Located in the heart of the town, the Empress

Hotel is a well known local favorite. Manhattan's

restaurant is located off from the lobby, with a

fitness center and sauna onsite as well. The hotel

also offers 73 rooms, free local calls, breakfast,

and high speed internet. Located at 7766 Fay

Avenue, the Empress Hotel is the place to be for

those who want to be in the middle of La Jolla.

6. Grande Colonial

Located on La Jolla's main street, the Grande

Colonial is one of the oldest hotels in the city.

With 75 rooms and a European style, Grande Colonial

also offers you free ADSL internet and valet


7. Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency in La Jolla offers modern design

with all the comforts, although it's better for

travelers than family vacationers. The Regency

is located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, offers

394 rooms, and plenty of other perks to keep you

entertained and interested.


Restaurants And Bars

With many different establishments perched on top

of cliffs that overlook the famous La Jolla Cove,

the restaurants in this city are more well known

for their unforgettable atmosphere than anything


Many restaurants in La Jolla have successfully

combined spectacular ambience with creative

culinary innovations. With this in mind, La Jolla

manages to please all types of tourists with plenty

of restaurants throughout the city, offering

formal dining, nightlife, and quiet views of the


Business district

There are several top notch restaurants that shine

in the business district. Donovan's Steak And

Chop House pleases customers with it's elegant

dining room, vast wine list, and premiere red

meat entrees. If you seek traditional Italian,

Tutto Mare offers an electric atmosphere with

great Italian food.

When it comes to the nightlife, Humphrey's La

Jolla Grill features dramatic dining for two with

live entertainment. The Rock Bottom Restaurant

and Brewery is another great spot, with great

cruisine and plenty of brews.

The Village

The downtown area of La Jolla offers some of the

best eating in San Diego. This section is easily

the most trendy, offering quick coffee shops

and a wild nightlife. Harry's Cafe Gallery

offers plenty of twist, welcoming morning crowds

with homemade breakfast and innovative works of


During the evening hours, Roppongi Restaurant

Bar and Cafe sets the stage as one of La Jolla's

notable trend setting spots, offering you plenty

of varieties. In the heart of the village there

is an ultra trendy venue known as The Spot, which

serves steak and ribs.

The Shoreline

Even though La Jolla boasts the city's most

trendy eateries, dining along La Jolla Cove is a

memorable experience for any tourist or visitor.

Several restaurants line the cove, with each

one offering spectacular views of the Pacific


Trattoria Acqua boasts gazebo dining with modern

pizza and pasta entrees, while Forever Fondue

offers an artistic menu. George's At The Cove

and the Crab Catcher are both perched on the

cliff of La Jolla Cove, featuring splendid views

from their respective terrace dining facilities.

For cozy dining experiences on the shoreline,

La Jolla residents dine by the fireplace at Cody's

or choose to feast on Mexican specialties at

Alfonso's of La Jolla, which is a restaurant

well known for it's margaritas and burritos.

With extraordinary views, first rate ambience,

and trend setting creations, La Jolla offers an

unforgettable dining experience that tourists

for remember for years and years to come.


La Jolla Beaches

From the family beaches that are most often preferred

by tourists to the more secluded coves most desired

by surfers, divers, and swimmers, La Jolla beaches

offer something for everyone. From Blacks Beach to

the north and Windansea Beach to the south, the

La Jolla shoreline consists of steep sandstone

cliffs that are seperated by coves and sandy beaches.

They sunny yet beautiful breezes and picture perfect

views are a vacation paradise for tourists and a

water recreation highlight for locals. There are

seven unique beaches that dot the seven mile

coastline against a backdrop of real estate, resorts,

cliffs, tall palm trees, and lush scenary.

Downtown La Jolla is conveniently located near

most of the beaches which not only provide parking

for beach visitors but plenty of fine restaurants,

intimate cafes, culture, art galleries, and other

types of commercial convenience.

Between mid day and 4 PM, the crowds at any of

the La Jolla beaches can be very big. The best

advice when visiting any of the beaches in La Jolla

is to come to the beach early and stay late - so

that you can enjoy the magic of the sunsets and

dusk views from across the ocean horizons.

Each beach at La Jolla will offer you something

unique with different ways to enjoy the bliss of

your vacation. La Jolla Shores is the most

popular beach for families with the largest

expansion of flat, sandy beaches. If you enjoy

people watching, sunbathing, and lazy days on the

beach - La Jolla Shores is where you want to be.

La Jolla Cove is another excellent beach, with

steep sandstone cliffs offering amazing views and

the paradise of sparkling blue water the cove is

known for. The La Jolla Cove is a swimmer's dream

come true because of it's gentle water. Along

with the Children's Pool, the Cove is rich with

reefs that attract scuba divers and snorkelers to

the abundance of marine life.

There are several La Jolla Caves that were carved

by nature into the sandstone cliffs between La

Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores that help attract

ocean kayakers from around the world. There is

one cave in particular, known as "Sunny Jim Cave"

that can be entered through a man made tunnel

that leads to a steep descent through a narrow

underground tube to a wooden deck.

With plenty of beaches all along the coastline,

La Jolla is the place to be during the summer

months. La Jolla is a well known tourist attraction,

with well over 7,000 people visiting on a daily

basis. If you enjoy the beach, La Jolla is

going to feel like heaven on earth.


Black's Beach

Black's Beach is a two mile long, sandy strip of

beach located at the base of the majestic cliffs

that can be up to 300 foot high. Formally known

as Torrey Pines City Beach, it's jointly owned by

the City of San Diego and the State of California.

There is also a glider port atop the cliff that

overlooks the beach where hang gliders and even

remote control gliders can be seen soaring.

Gaining access to Black's Beach isn't easy due

to the high cliffs and lack of stairways. The

safest access is from the adjacent beaches to the

north and south, although this way may be obstructed

by high tides or surf.

The cliffs here are unstable as well, and slides

can occur anytime, so it's always best to stay

away from them. There's no permanent lifeguard

station at this beach either. There are some on

duty mid day from Spring Break through the end

of the October.

Keep in mind, most California beaches experience

very strong rip currents. Black's Beach is no

exception, as the rip currents can get very strong

here. To be on the safe side, always swim near

shore or near a lifeguard.

The water activity at Black's Beach is virtually

unregulated. Surfers and swimmers may mix, but

they are all required to employ care and avoiding

hurting each other.

Black's Beach is also an excellent beach for

surfing, especially at the south end. Scuba

diving isn't recommended here, due to access

problems and surf conditions.

Even though access can be hard, Black's Beach is

still an excellent beach. It offers plenty of

seclusion, views, and sand for the kids. If you've

never been here, this beach can easily prove to

be one of your favorites in the entire area of

San Diego.


La Jolla Shores

Located at 8200 Camino del Oro, La Jolla Shores is a

sandy beach around a mile long, adjacent to a

residentual dwelling. During the summer months, the

waves at this beach are normally the most gentle of

all San Diego beaches, although the rip currents can

be very strong at times.

For this very reason, novice scuba classes are held

at La Jolla Shores. The grassy park of Kellogg

Park is located behind the main lifeguard station

and provides an excellent area for picnicking. A

wide cement boardwalk parallels a large area of the

beach between the sand and the park.

The beach of La Jolla Shores is adjacent to the San

Diego La Jolla Underwater Ecological Reserve. The

removal of objects from this area as well as fishing

are prohibited. The Scripps Pier lies at the north

end of the beach, although the pier isn't open to

the public.

Within the City limits, La Jolla Shores has the only

beachfront boat launch. Small boats can be launched

directly into the surf at foot of Avenida de la Playa,

which is south of the lifeguard station. This can

be a rough terrain area, so you may need to have

a four wheel drive vehicle.

If you like to surf, there are specified areas on

the beach where the waves tend to be small. For

scuba diving, the south end of the beach is widely

used by scuba driving classes.

During the summer months, La Jolla Shores can tend

be very crowded. You should try to go in the morning,

as the crowds aren't as bad. This is a great beach

during those hot summer days, with plenty to do

for your entire family.


La Jolla Cove

The Cove of La Jolla sits below the Ellen Browing

Scripps Park in downtown La Jolla. The sandy

portion of the beach is quite small, with plenty

of rocky cliffs. During high tide, the surrounding

rocks will trap the water that stays behind as

mini tidepools when the tide goes out, giving

both children and adults something to peer into.

The La Jolla Cove, 1100 Coast Boulevard, is a very

small beach that's tucked between adjacent sand

stone cliffs. Due to it's amazing beauty, the Cove

is one of the most photographed beaches in the

Southern California area. Although it's within a

short walking distance of the commercial community

area of La Jolla, the Cove still retains a style of

it's own.

The north facing has a very unusual amount of coarse

sand. The grassy area of Scripps Park is on the other

side, and provides a great area for picnics. The

water visibility at the Cove can sometimes exceed

30 feet, which makes it a very popular area for

scuba divers and snorklers.

The Cove lies within the San Diego Underwater Park

Ecological Reserve, which will help to ensure that

all marine life remains plentiful. This area is

look but don't touch, with the possession of game

being against the law.

La Jolla Cove is an excellent area for scuba diving,

especially when surf conditions are low. Before

you head to the beach, you should always telephone

the beach information line and check with lifeguards

before you dive.

With plenty to offer your entire family, the La

Jolla Cove is an excellent beach. There is plenty

of swimming here, with views of the most beautiful

water in the area. If you're looking for a great way

to spend a hot summer day - La Jolla Cove is the



La Jolla Entertainment

Each and every year, La Jolla draws countless tourists

from around the world. With its picturesque terrain,

incredible views and charming culture, La Jolla is

a visitors paradise. The entertainment for the area

consistently pleases the growing tourist population

as well, catering to a wide variety of tastes.


La Jolla flourishes and astounds with it's distinguished

art galleries. The community celebrates an extensive

array of art, although most galleries tend to favor

contemporary pieces. The Quint Gallery highlights

modern art, featuring paintings in oil and water

colors, along with photography and sculptures.

The Gallery La Jolla offers various European and

American contemporary artists, housing both paintings

and sculptures. Just down the street is the

Carlton Gallery, which is devoted to sculpture,

and showcases Oriental art as well.


Even though art clearly dominates La Jolla's

cultural atmosphere, music isn't neglected. A

variety of styles bring music alive to tourists

and local residents. Athenaeum Music and Arts

Library has a collection of books and other pieces

that are devoted to the musical world.

During summer, Concerts by the Sea in La Jolla

is very popular among locals and tourists. Located

at the La Jolla Cove, this annual concert series

presents live music in an oceanside setting.

Theater and film

The La Jolla Playhouse is the most popular theater

in the area. The theater has been around for many

years, and now known for it's new plays. For the

world of film, the Cove Theater is an old

fashioned theater that shows independant and

foreign films that are often neglected by main

stream movie theaters.


The nightlife in La Jolla is upbeat and very

energetic. The Spot is a popular nighttime venue,

located in the La Jolla Village. Another great

spot is Humphrey's La Jolla Grill. For those

who are looking to laugh, The Comedy Store is

highly recommended.

Outdoor activities

The sunny area of La Jolla amazes with outdoor

activities as well. You can see panoramic views

of San Diego County from Mount Soledad or climb

through the mysterious caverns provided by the

La Jolla Caves.

Gold enthusiasts won't want to miss the Torrey

Pines Golf Course, which is the only public

course in the entire PGA circuit. Those who

are seeking adventure may want to check out La

Jolla from the air with an airborne journey from

the Torrey Pines Gliderport.

Whether your looking for art, nightlife, or outdoor

adventure, La Jolla has the entertainment you

crave. There is a lot of things to do here -

giving tourists more than one reason to come back

for more.


Weekend Getaway In La Jolla

Translated, La Jolla means "the jewel", which is an

apt name for a splendid and beautiful town full of

blue water. One of California's best oceanside

towns, La Jolla is also home to many of the best

beaches in the state.

When you visit, you'll notice that there are many

things to do. If your looking for something to do,

here are 5 great things to occupy your time:

1. Beaches - When you hear that San Diego

has great beaches, it's the truth. La Jolla Cave,

La Jolla Shores, and Windansea are the best in

San Diego, and possibly even the state.

2. Birch Aquarium - Although it's a small

aquarium, it's packed with a lot of interesting

stuff and best of all - it won't wear you out.

3. La Jolla Playhouse - This theater

company is highly known around the world.

4. Walking tour - Hike Bike Kayak will

offer you a splendid one hour tour that focuses

on the beauty and splendor of the La Jolla Coast

and the history of the city.

5. Kayaking - The Hike Bike Kayak company

also offers a tour of the La Jolla sea caves,

with no experience required.

A weekend trip to La Jolla is an excellent time

to enjoy a leisurely brunch. The Cottage serves

great cruisine in a beach bungalow atmosphere,

while the Marine Room at the Sea Lodge was voted

the best Sunday brunch in the area several times

in a row. If your looking for a simple

breakfast, with great views and few tourists,

follow Coast Blvd. to the Goldfish Point Cafe.

For a getaway for the weekend, La Jolla is a hard

place to beat. There's plenty to do here, with

the beaches in the summer. If you visit on hot

days, you'll spend a majority of your time on

the beaches - and loving every minute of it.


The Birch Aquarium

Smaller and more intimate than other aquariums, the

Birch Aquarium is one place where you can get close

to all of the animals, and still take your time to

simply enjoy being there.

Due to its intimacy, adults and children alike are

energized by the aquarium. You can watch an

octopus flow up and down the glass, or watch a

jellyfish move slowly through the water. This is

an excellent thrill, for everyone in your family.

The most popular exhibit at the Birch Aquarium is

the sea horse exhibit. It offers many different

species, from the tiny miniature sea horses that

are under an inch tall, to the taller and more

amazing sea dragons.

The many interactive exhibits at the aquarium will

help you lean the history of oceanography. By

taking a simulated trip in a deep water submersible,

you'll learn the wonders and oddities of the deep

ocean, even though it may move a bit too slow for

smaller children. Children of all ages enjoy

the exhibits that illustrate how the ocean products

appear in every day items.

If you are planning to take pictures of the exhibits,

be aware of the glass and the reflections. If you

can, move in close (around a foot away) and set

your flash to a 45 degree angle. Make sure that

you don't get too wrapped up in taking photo's

inside the aquarium - as you may end up missing

the show going on outside.

If you are visiting La Jolla as a vacation or if

you live there, the Birch Aquarium is worth a

visit. There are some amazing exhibits here, with

something for everyone. You can spend hours and

hours here, making it one place you shouldn't

hesitate to check out.


La Jolla Village Tour

A trip to sunny La Jolla isn't complete with a tour

of the city's downtown area, known by locals as the

village. With trendy shops, galleries, and nice

places to eat, La Jolla Village is something you need

to tour on foot to appreciate.

If you are traveling from a distance and must drive

to the village, parking is not easy. The downtown

streets offer two hour free parking, although your

best bet will probably be one of the garages along

Fay Avenue where a flat rate will ease your mind of

parking worries for the entire day.

Once you have found a place to park, you should

begin your tour at the corner of Fay Avenue and

Prospect Street. Here, you'll find some of the most

famous restaurants in the downtown area, including

Moondoggie's and Il Forno.

As you pass by the restaurants, you'll see the

Arcade Building, which resembles an old hybrid

style. The Arcade Building leads to an alleyway

with many specialty shops.

After you explore the treasures of the Arcade Building

alley, continue your tour North along Prospect

Street and you'll come to a stretch of art galleries.

If you appreciate art, you'll love everything

the village has to offer you.

Just across the street from the art galleries,

you'll find The Grande Colonial Hotel. This hotel

is famous and well known for its rate of $1 per

day since the opening in 1913, has been renovated

many times and now ranks as one of the best

landmarks in La Jolla Village.

As you continue your walk down Prospect Street,

you'll encounter Girard Avenue, which offers

you plenty of shops and eateries.


Torrey Pines Glider Port

For over 75 years, the Gliderport in Torrey Pines

has been the learning place for aviation greats

such as the Lindbergh's, Boyles, and many other

greats. First established as a soaring site in

1928, the Gliderport has defined the world of

motorless flight. Today, the Gliderport is home

to hang gliding, paragliding, scale models, and

even sailplane flight.

The Gliderport also provides quality, instruction,

certification, tandem flights, equipment sales,

adventure tours, repair services, and even year

round flying conditions. From the first day of

instruction to master pilot and instructor

certifications, the Torrey Pines Gliderport can

support all of your needs with flying.

If you've ever wanted to pursue a career in flying,

the Torrey Pines Glider Port can help you achieve

that very goal. You can learn everything you've

ever wanted to learn about flying, as well as

get your license or certificate. There are many

types of flying you can learn, even if you have

no prior experience.

The Gliderport also operates the most successful

paragliding school in North America. Their team

of highly trained instructors and support staff

ensure that their students recieve the highest

level of flight training available.

Depending on your skills, they offer classes

from beginner to advanced. They also offer a

wide range of special clinics and classes for

pilots of all levels to upgrade their knowledge

and skills.

With plenty to do nearby, the Gliderport is a

great place for your learning. If you plan to

travel to La Jolla for the Gliderport, you can

rest assured that there will be plenty to do

with your free time.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to fly, the

Torrey Pines Gliderport is where you need to be.

The costs are very reasonable and the Gliderport

is in an excellent location. All you need to do

is check them out - and let your journey begin.


La Jolla Village

The Village of La Jolla is the vacation showcase of

La Jolla. The village offers postcard type beauty,

with elegant homes, lush real estate, resorts,

luxurious hotels, and even the best in intimate

bed and breakfast lodging. The La Jolla Village is

the gateway entrance to some of the most amazing

beaches San Diego has to offer.

The village consists of a 30 block downtown La

Jolla area that's home to over 1,400 businesses

that are fully committed to vacation pleasure to

the over 7,000 people that visit the village each

and every day.

In the village you'll find all the conveniences

that grace the shores, such as world class shopping

and quaint boutique shops. Upscale restaurants,

intimate cafes, museums, art galleries, and

attractions such as the Birch Aquarium can be found

here as well.

The La Jolla Playhouse is in the village as well.

It has earned over 200 awards, including the 1993

Tony for outstanding regional theater. The Playhouse

is a creative haven that attracts more then 150,000

theater enthusiasts each year.

Most visitors to the La Jolla Village like to walk

the shoreline around Scripps Park and soak up the

perfect weather and majestic views of the oceanfront

panorama. If romantic tranquility is what you

seek, late afternoon and early evening strolls are

less crowded and at dusk you can catch some of

the most stunning sunsets.

The beaches of La Jolla are the biggest tourist

attractions here. All you need to do is choose

your style of water recreation and relaxation.

Swimming, surfing, bodysurfing, snorkeling, scuba

diving, sun bathing, or just watching others swim.

Make sure you arrive early to avoid the crowds,

then stay late to catch the beauty of the moonlit


La Jolla Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle of La Jolla is an area that's

intersected by three major freeways - I-5, I-805,

and State 52. The Triangle lies east of La Jolla

Village and ten minutes north of downtown San


The established residential community blossomed

into a financial triad of high rise office

buildings, full service hotels, shopping, and

plenty of restaurants.

The Golden Triangle also offers the business

traveler and vacationer all they need within a

self contained area of business, retail, shopping,

hotels, dining, and boutiques. The Golden Triangle

is also located close to the oceanfront beach

area of the village and all the vacation attractions

that San Diego has to offer.


La Jolla Travel Guide

La Jolla is a well known tourist attraction, and by

all accounts is the "jewel" in San Diego. Perched

on the bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, the

city has captivated millions over the years, and

continues to do so to this very day.

With it's quaint village feel, expansive views, and

easy to access coast, it can be said that La Jolla

is a great attraction. If you had to break La Jolla

down into 3 main areas, it would be the beach, the

restaurants, and the shopping.

Home to some of the best coastline in the county,

La Jolla offers beach goers and sun lovers the

chance to play, relax, and bask in the sun on some

of the finest beaches in the area. In their beauty,

the beaches rival those of Hawaii for their seclusion

and serenity.

From the long white sand of La Jolla Shores to the

quiet and relaxing beach off Marine Street, you'll

have plenty to enjoy and find your very own piece

of paradise.

La Jolla restaurants are world class, playing host

to some of the finest chefs and coming chefs in the

entire country. With its year round growing

season, these chefs have some of the finest products

to work their collective magic with - creating

some of the best meals you'll ever taste.

The village of La Jolla is said to have some of the

best shopping anywhere. There are stores all over

the area, with something for everyone.

Whether it's shopping, swimming, or just checking

out the area, La Jolla is truly a place to vacation

or just visit. Summer is the best time to visit,

as the beaches here are truly beautiful. If you've

wanted to go somewhere different, La Jolla is where

you need to be.


Children's Pool

Also known as the Casa, the Children's Pool is a

small beach partially protected by a sea wall.

The original intention here was to create a fully

protected swimming area, although sand has now

filled in much of the area that exists to the

inside of the wall.

This is a very beautiful beach, offering several

panoramic views. Almost all year long, seals and

sea lions are present on or near the beach, with

a reserve for these marine mammals, known as Seal

Rock being just a bit offshore.

The Children's Pool is within a short walking

distance of the commercial area of the community

of La Jolla. You can find grassy park areas a

short distance to the north and south. Several

small beaches are nearby as well, including

Wipeout Beach to the south and Shell Beach to the


Children's Pool is also a popular beach for

scuba divers because of the reefs just offshore.

These very same reefs can help create very strong

currents and other hazards, especially in high

surf conditions.

Lifeguard protection

Lifeguards are staffed daily throughout the year.

In the summer, lifeguard hours are normally 9 AM

until dark. During other times of the year,

lifeguards may not begin duty until 10 AM.


From the north, take I-5 to La Jolla Village

Drive, westbound. At the signalized intersection,

turn left onto Torrey Pines Road. Follow this

road to Prospect Street and turn right. Be on

the lookout for signs and bear right onto Coast


From the south, take I-5 north to La Jolla

Parkway. Continue following it as it will become

Torrey Pines Road. Follow this road to Prospect

Street and take a right. Watch for the signs then

take a right on Coast Boulevard.


At La Jolla Cove, there is a very limited amount

of on street parking. Onstreet parking can be

very hard to find, especially in the summer. It's

limited to three hours at a time on weekdays,

although there is no limit on weekends.

You should always check the signs for any types

of parking restrictions. Paid parking is also

available in downtown La Jolla at several locations

and it's also a short walk from the beach.

For a great day of fun, scuba diving, or just

enjoying the water, the Children's Pool in La

Jolla is a great place to go. You should always

try to get here early, as it can get very crowded

in the summer. Once you get here, you'll find

yourself completely amazed with what the Pool will

offer you and your family.


Mount Soledad

Mount Soledad in beautiful La Jolla gives you the

chance to enjoy amazing, 360 degree views under the

shadow of a towering cross. All along the summit,

there are many veteran's plaques. Mount Soledad is

truly splendid to look at, as it is a well known

fixture to the area of La Jolla.

On Mount Soledad, you stand more than 800 foot high

underneath the shade of a 43 foot high cross, and

enjoy the views and splendor the mount provides. You

can enjoy a picnic here, the panoramic views, or

just watch the sunset. Mount Soledad is also a

great spot for photos, if you like to take photos.

Beauty - everywhere you look

Below Mount Soledad is the shimmering waters of La

Jolla Shores and terra cotta roofs of those that

are very lucky folks indeed. To the north you have

the coastline that extends all the way up to Orange


To the south of Mount Soledad there are views of

Mexico with city skyline and everything else the

area has to offer. And off to the east, there

are vistas as far as the eye can see.

The cross

You may be wondering just what the cross is and

what it's for. The story dates back to 1913, when

Pacific Beach residents built a cross out of redwood

and set it atop the mountain. Thieves removed it

ten years later, and the replacement was created

in 1934, which was taken out by high winds in


Soon after that, the Mount Soledad Memorial

Association build the current cross to commemorate

soldiers of the Korean and the two world wars.

The cross of Mount Soledad has been a subject of

controversy, although the problem appeared to be

solved in the late 1990s. The San Diego Council

sold the cross and the half acre of land that

surrounds it to the Memorial Association.

In 2002, mini walls were installed to honor the

veterans that are underneath the cross, though

they have fueled more controversy from those who

feel that the towering symbol highlights Christian

vets over others that are there.

For those that live in the area, Mount Soledad and

the cross are a true beauty. For visitors and

tourists, Mount Soledad provides amazing views and

the cross seems to add to the detail.

If you ever visit La Jolla, make sure you check

out Mount Soledad. It's very close to the downtown

area, and it'll be one thing you'll be glad you

made time for. The cross is something you simply

must see - as words can't begin to describe it.


Grande Colonial La Jolla

Your trip to La Jolla's historic Grande Colonial

begins with your choice of breathtaking ocean views

or views of the village in La Jolla. You have 55

rooms to choose from or 20 elegant suites. All

rooms in the Grande Colonial are non smoking.

Built in 1913, this historic hotel is seconds

away from the beach or the always happening village

with its shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

The Grande Colonial guestrooms are unique, with

many offering breezy ocean views from the windows.

The Grande Colonial in La Jolla is located in

the Village of La Jolla on 910 Prospect Street,

within walking distance from the ocean beaches.

The hotel is 15 minutes from Sea World, 20 minutes

from downtown San Diego, the convention center,

and even the airport.

Located on the Grande Colonial property is an

outdoor heated swimming pool, with a health club

located nearby. All rooms are decorated with

renaissance type furniture with village and ocean

views. The restaurant in the hotel is called the

Nine-Ten. The hotel is in a great location,

being within walking distance to fine dining,

boutique shopping, and unique art galleries.

For families on vacation, the Grande Colonial

offers baby sitting for younger children. There

is exquisite in house dining, and plenty of

hospitality. In each room, there is air conditioning,

heating, a hair dryer, view rooms, and even in

room movies.

No matter what brings you to La Jolla, the Grande

Colonial is worth a stay. The rates vary, depending

on what time of year you visit. This hotel is

one of the most well known in San Diego, pleasing

visitors since 1913. Once you stay a night in

the Grande Colonial, you'll have a new meaning to

blissful paradise.


Getting To La Jolla

La Jolla, located in California, is a 20 minute

drive from downtown San Diego by going Interstate

5 north. Take the exit at Ardath Road, eventually

Ardath Road will become Torrey Pines Road. Continue

west on this road, and you'll reach the village

when you see Prospect Place. Turn right on Prospect

Place and you'll enter the heart of La Jolla.

On average, around 7,000 people will visit La Jolla

every day. With so many people coming to such a

small place, you can almost bet that finding a

parking place is a chore. There isn't any parking

meters, although many of the streets closest to the

water do have one hour time limits. You can go

a little farther out for two hour parking, although

you'll have to observe the time limits. Even in

off season, parking enforcement is really enforced


Even during the off season, finding a parking place

is very hard to do. The streets are almost always

crowded, although for good reason. La Jolla is an

excellent tourist attraction, with plenty of water

and fun for the entire family.

If you pay close attention when you visit, you can

find a few paid lots that are scattered around the

town. If you get closer to the downtown area, the

lots will be a little bit cheaper.

Your best bet when visiting La Jolla might be a

parking lot that's well hidden - so few people will

notice it. If you turn downhill on Coast Blvd

from Prospect, you'll find it on the left, right

across from the Cave Store. Keep in mind though,

vehicles over 6'5" won't fit through.


Empress Hotel

Located in the heart of the charming La Jolla village,

the Empress Hotel is an enchanted palace located

just four miles north of Mission Bay. Adding a

little bit more beauty to the already amazing San

Diego, this hotel is very popular for tourists.

Known for its warm hospitality, the Empress Hotel

has superior accommodations and very attentive

service. This superior hotel is a great place to

relax and enjoy everything that San Diego has to

offer you and your family.

La Jolla is an upscale coastal resort that sets

amist beautiful cliffs and coves. La Jolla offers

plenty of shops, fine dining, distinctive galleries,

and amazing beaches. By staying at the Empress

Hotel you'll be captivated with the area and

amazed time and time again.


If your looking for luxurious accommodations, the

Empress Hotel has them. Accommodations here

include either one king or two queen beds, available

in several room types, including traditional,

deluxe, empress, and even the empress spa suite.

All rooms at the Empress Hotel feature:

- Cable television

- A refrigerator

- Coffee maker and bottled water

- Free local calls and faxing

- Voicemail and data ports

- Private bath with hairdryer and bathrobes

- Iron and ironing board

Services and amenities

The Empress Hotel offers superior service, such as

valet parking, courteous room service, and other


The complimentary deluxe continental breakfast here

includes fresh Starbucks coffee, served on the sun

deck every morning. The Manhattan restaurant is

right around the corner as well, offering some

excellent fine dining.

The hotel also offers an exercise center, spa, and

sauna so that guests can pamper themselves. They

can also refer you to local spas and other things

nearby that you may be interested in.

For those on a working vacation, the Empress Hotel

offers complimentary Internet access on two

floors. Private meetings and conferences can be

held in one of the two meeting rooms, available

for groups of up to 50 people. Both meeting

rooms are equipped with high speed internet


If your going to be staying in the La Jolla area,

the Empress Hotel is one the best hotels in the

area. The hotel is in a great location, minutes

away from some of the biggest attractions that

San Diego has to offer.

You can visit Sea World, the Birch Aquarium, and

many other popular tourist attractions. Best of

all, you can come back to your relaxing hotel

after a day of checking out La Jolla and San

Diego and just relax - the way things were always

meant to be on vacation.


Where To Stay

During the year 1913, La Jolla's premiere hotel, The

Grande Colonial, opened its doors for visitors,

charging just $1 a night. Since that time, La

Jolla has blossomed into a resort community, with

modern hotels only helping to enhance the shine

of the community.

No matter if you're looking for a modern building

and maximum services for a business or romantic

venture, seaside cottage, or vacation - La Jolla's

accommodations won't disappoint. For business

travelers, many of La Jolla's hotels will provide

Internet access, data ports, meeting rooms, and

other types of business services. Leisure visitors

are equally pleased, as hotels here offer breathtaking

views of the Pacific Ocean, coupled with luxury

services and nearby attractions.

Business district

In the high technology side of La Jolla, a number

of modern hotels cater to primarily business

travelers. The Hyatt Regency La Jolla is

conveniently located off I-5. The Hyatt is a sleek,

rusk colored building, with a contemporary building

with incredible business conveniences.

East of I-5, the Marriott La Jolla is located among

a cluster of business establishments, including

corporate buildings. Offering extensive meeting

room space and an executive floor, the Marriott is

very popular among business travelers.

The Village

While the professional area of La Jolla will cater

to business travelers, the village area offers

luxury and romance for leisure travelers. The

Best Western Inn by the sea is located in the middle

of the village, with premium restaurants and shops

seconds away from the lobby.

May consider the most famous hotel in the village

area to be The Grande Colonial, which is very well

known for its $1 per day rate upon opening. The

historical building has been renovated several

times, now with beach views and in close proximity

to the best dining room La Jolla has to offer.


A block away from the ocean is Hotel Parisi, which

is considered by many to be the most luxurious of

all hotels in the entire area of La Jolla. This

Mediterranean style hotel offers plenty of elegance,

from the flowing fountain outdoors to the VIP

seating that's provided for hotel guests at the

nearby exquisite restaurants.

The Prospect Inn of La Jolla offers style and

extended stay rates while the Cove Suites provides

studio type apartments as well as secretarial

services for the business traveler who seeks the

best of seaside accommodations.

Hotel La Jolla offers garden and beach view rooms,

with interior decorating by top designers of

Beverly Hills.

Those who are looking for a more secluded stay

should try Scripp's Inn, which is located at the

southern tip of La Jolla Cove. This hotel features

an ocean view from every room, with a location

on the beach that's still tucked away from the

business nature of the cove.

La Jolla continues to shine and amaze with it's

first class hotels. Whether you visit for business

affairs, leisure activities, or both, you can find

everything you need and then some in the splendid

town of La Jolla.


Marine Street Beach

Located near the upscale community of La Jolla, the

Marine Street Beach is a small cluster of high end

clothiers, hotels, shops, and galleries. The

beach is also legendary to body surfers and body

boarders due to it's thunderous waves which always

seem to crash the shoreline at the right time.

Keep in mind, this beach may not be ideal for

families, as there are no public restrooms, picnic

areas, and the rough surf conditions aren't well

suited for children. If you have a family, you may

want to find another beach.

Even though it isn't the best beach for families,

Marine Street Beach offers plenty of privacy and

gorgeous white sand that can make for a fun day

of sunbathing with friends.

The rough waves found at this beach have been

known to seriously injure swimmers and body boarders

in the past. If you aren't that experienced with

the water, you should always make sure that you

repect both the water and the waves here.

During the summer months and on peak weekends during

the fall and spring, there are lifeguards stationed

on the beach. You should plan to park on the

street at Marine Street Beach, as there are no

public lots. You should try to get here early,

as it can be very hard to find a parking space,

especially during summer and on the weekends.

Getting there

If you are coming from the north, take I-5 south.

Take the exit at Genessee Avenue, head west, then

make a left on Torrey Pines Road. Go down the

hill into downtown La Jolla, turn left on Girad

Avenue then right on Pearl Street. Turn left at

La Jolla Boulevard then right on Marine Street.

From the south, take I-5 north to Torrey Pines

Road. Once you arrive in La Jolla Downtown,

simply follow the same directions from above.


Windansea Beach

Past all of La Jolla's ritzy homes, hotels, and well

known restaurants, lies Windansea Beach. Down the

hill, this beach is flanked by surfers and sunbathers

on hot summer days. With sandstone cliffs, a sandy

beach, and amazing surf breaks, Windansea Beach has

been a popular surfing haunt as far back as the 1940s

and a gathering spot of the Windansea Surf Club since

the 1960s.

The shack on the beach that was built by surfers during

World War 2 is now a San Diego Historic site. The

beach is also great for body surfing and snorkeling.

The north end of Windansea is fairly rocky, with the

south being sandier, great for walking along the edge

of the water. You can also enjoy a picnic in the

grass next to the beach and bask in the splendid views

of the Pacific Ocean.

At Windansea Beach, there are no restrooms. During

the summer months, lifeguards are stationed all along

the beach, even in some weekends of fall and spring.

There are separate swim and surf zones at the beach,

with no wheelchair access. When you visit, you can

park on the street or try the tiny single lot near

the beach.

Getting to the beach

You can find Windansea around 6800 Neptune Place.

From the north, follow I-5 south to the Genesee

Avenue exit then head west. Turn left on Torrey Pines

Road and follow the road into downtown La Jolla.

Turn left on Girad Avenue then take a right on Pearl

Street. Take a left onto La Jolla Boulevard then

make the right on Nautilus Street and your there.

From the south, follow I-5 north to the Ardath Road

exit, Ardath Road will become Torrey Pines Road. Take

a left from Torrey Pines Road onto Girad Avenue.

Make a right onto Pearl Street then take a left onto

La Jolla Boulevard. Take the next right on Nautilus

Street and your there.

Windansea is possibly one of the most beautiful

beaches in Southern California - and a great place

for romantic strolls at sunset. Parents should

use caution with small children at the beach, as the

surf often breaks directly onto the shore with a

lot of intimidating power.

If you plan to visit the Windansea Beach, you should

make sure you get there early. As with most beaches

in San Diego, getting there early will help you

get the best parking and more privacy when the crowds

start to arrive. Windansea is a very amazing beach,

and worth your time on hot summer days.


La Jolla Sea Caves Tour

The most popular tour offered by Hike Bike Kayak of

San Diego is the kayak tour of the well known La

Jolla Sea Caves. On this tour, you can witness the

abudant wildlife and amazing views of the La Jolla

Cove with your guide who will be an amateur naturalist.

Not only will you kayak up the caves at La Jolla

Shores, but you'll also witness dolphins swimming,

along with sea lions playing. From your kayak, you

can see Mount Soledad to the east, the bluffs of

Torrey Pines State Reserve to the north, and La

Jolla Cove to the south.

You can take the La Jolla Sea Caves tour every day

at 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM. Starting in

June, the tours are every half hour. To make a

reservation, all you need to do is call.

What to expect

On a typical day, you should be prepared to get

wet. The tour launches into the waves from the end

of their street. You meet at their shop, where you'll

check in, sign waivers, etc. You'll also recieve

a lifejacket and paddle.

You'll need to bring the following with you:

- Sunglasses with retainers

- Sunscreen

- A change of clothes

- Bathing suit

- Towel

- Sandals

The tour is very popular with tourists and locals

alike. Hike Bike Kayak can accomodate age ranges

from 6 - 65. They also have bike trailers and trail

a bikes for children that are 1 and older. This

way, anyone can take in the beauty and mystique

this tour offers.

Cost and availability

The cost of the La Jolla Sea Caves tour is $50 per

person for singles, and $45 per person for tandem

kayaks or couples. If you can go with someone else,

that would be easier choice.


All About La Jolla

Attracting tourists from all over the world, La

Jolla's community is one that combines trends with

traditional class. Located 12 miles north from

downtown San Diego, this highly prosperous

community offers seven miles of coastline at an

elevation of 110 feet. The land here is so desired

that it's impossible to find property in La Jolla

for less than 1.25 million an acre!

The lucky 38,000 plus who live in this heavenly

seaside town live among Mediterranean style

architecture with a unique flair. From the

crashing waves along the shore to the high rise

buildings in the business district, you can expect

everything in La Jolla to be first rate quality.

Business district

Even though La Jolla is mostly known for its

incredible shoreline, the city's business district

is hardly modest to say the least. Located to

the east in La Jolla, there are professional centers,

financial buildings, law firms, and technological

industries that dominate this district.

There are also modern shopping centers here as well,

along with a wealthy residential area. The

world renowned Scripps Memorial Hospital & Medical

Research Center is here as well as the San Diego

Mormon Temple - a remarkable 59,000 square foot

building that resembles a large ice sculpture.

The Village

The downtown area of La Jolla offers shops, hotels,

boutiques, restaurants, coffee houses, salons,

and art galleries. Even though this area is

rather small, the district is full of trendy

establishments that draw wealthy visitors from all

over the world.

Girad Avenue is the main street of La Jolla, even

though Prospect Drive is known as "Rodeo Drive" in

San Diego.


Although the business area and La Jolla Village are

both impressive communities, the most memorable

region in La Jolla is the areas and communities

along the Pacific shoreline.

La Jolla offers some of the most impressive shore

lines in Southern California, with remarkable

caves, cliffs, beaches, and sunsets. The best

view of La Jolla can be seen from the air. Daring

visitors can take in La Jolla via the Torrey Pines

Gliderport and learn flying. If you seek a more

tame view of the coastline, try the scenic drive

along North Torrey Pines Road.

All along the coastline, La Jolla offers you a

first rate shopping district. You can visit

jewelry stores, art galleries, souvenir shops,

and fashionable boutiques. Once you have been

shopping, you can complete the day by dining above

the water of the Pacific.

From the art galleries and trendy shops to the

world class golf courses, La Jolla has attractions

to please tourists from all over the world. Each

district is unique, yet they are all similiar when

it comes to quality. You won't find anything short

of the best when you visit the best Southern

California has to offer.