La Jolla

Travel Guide
La Jolla featuring a beach, general coastal views and swimming
This Californian beach town attracts luxury travelers, newlyweds and surfers with gorgeous palm tree parklands, secluded nudist beaches and spectacular waves.

Experience the upscale beach life of La Jolla, where San Diegans go to relax. This seaside community lives up to its affectionate nickname, the “Jewel City,” with excellent restaurants and pristine swimming coves.

La Jolla first became popular in the 1880s when developers realized the value of the region’s protected beaches. Bring the family to La Jolla Cove, which has serene waters for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Let the kids play safely at La Jolla Children’s Pool. This cove is occasionally occupied by an adventurous pack of seals. Find the best waves at Windansea Beach, which is famous for its reef breaks and exquisite sunset views.

Enjoy the luscious lawn and tall palms of Ellen Browning Scripps Park, which commemorates one of the town’s most beloved philanthropists. Visit Scripps’ former residence to find the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, where a 20th-century collection consists of more than 4,600 pieces.

Experience the coastal vistas with a long walk along Broken Hill Trail, which has intermittent access to the sands of Black’s Beach. This secluded shoreline is popular with nudists, who enjoy the gorgeous natural landscape punctuated by sandstone cliffs and springtime flowers.

Alternatively, try the easier trails of Razor Point and Parry Grove, which follow the coastal cliffs of Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. Nearby, play a round of golf at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, a championship course with sweeping views overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Relax after a walk at one of many spa facilities in La Jolla or get your nails done with a full manicure-pedicure. Browse perfumes, jewelry and antique maps alongside brand-names clothes and curios in La Jolla’s bustling shopping district. This area also has a wide selection of restaurants serving gourmet Italian, Thai fusion and French cuisine.

La Jolla is located 15 miles (23 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego. Access the area by car or public buses that run frequently.

Where to stay in La Jolla

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
4 out of 5
10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $206 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
CA $206
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"I had a deal. Free parking and a free buffet breakfast"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2022

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
La Jolla Shores Hotel
La Jolla Shores Hotel
3 out of 5
8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA, 92037
The price is CA $413 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
CA $413
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
Beach stay
"Lovely place to stay….great location . We loved it!"

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2022

La Jolla Shores Hotel
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
9700 N Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $267 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
CA $267
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Lovely property"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2022

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Redwood Hollow Cottages
Redwood Hollow Cottages
3.5 out of 5
256 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Stay at this 3.5-star beach cottage in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (138 reviews)
"This was such a beautiful property and overall very positive stay! The room felt very private secluded despite there being neighbors and the area around was beautifully scenic. Despite the bed being a little hard for our taste the decor felt modern and incredibly clean. The neighborhood cat was a ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2022

Redwood Hollow Cottages
Tropical 5BR La Jolla Retreat by NamaStay
Tropical 5BR La Jolla Retreat by NamaStay
4 out of 5
5859 Box Canyon Road, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Mission Beach and Mission Bay are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Was a amazing neighborhood with a great view of San Diego and just minutes from the beach"

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2021

Tropical 5BR La Jolla Retreat by NamaStay
Sonder Bonair Way
Sonder Bonair Way
4 out of 5
Bonair Way, Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in La Jolla. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a balcony or patio. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (15 reviews)
"Location was great. No blinds in sitting area. Shower had mold on tiles. Small bathroom. No tv in the bedroom was disappointing. Also bed wad way too low to the ground and too soft. Overall not very happy for the price. Expected alot more."

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2022

Sonder Bonair Way
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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