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La JollaUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in La Jolla

Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
3.5 out of 5
3299 Holiday Ct, La Jolla, CA
The price is CA $130 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in La Jolla Village, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of VA Medical Center and University of California-San Diego. Birch Aquarium and Westfield ...

4.2/5Very Good! (908 reviews)

"Nothing fancy ...simple stay...not impressed with location"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4 out of 5
4240 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA
The price is CA $158 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in University City, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Westfield UTC, University of California-San Diego and Birch Aquarium. Black's Beach is 3 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (879 reviews)

"The view, was so admirable and we enjoyed how quite it was. Never was it dirty, room services was done proper and all Staff was inviting and delightful."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
4 out of 5
10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA
The price is CA $144 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Torrey Pines, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey Pines Golf Course. Ellen Browning Scripps Nature ...

4.1/5Very Good! (936 reviews)

"We had a wonderful 4 day weekend at the Hilton. Spotlessly clean property, and our Pure room even came with an air purifier. We were upgraded upon check-in and appreciated the lovely view. Food service, although limited, offered enough variety for the family. The pool was open!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
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.

Vacation Rentals in La Jolla

Charming Beach House W/ Enclosed Yard & Steps to the Sand!
Charming Beach House W/ Enclosed Yard & Steps to the Sand!
346 Westbourne St., La Jolla, CA

Located in Beach Barber Tract, this historic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of La Jolla Tide Pools and Windansea Beach. La Jolla Cove and Pacific Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Steps to Beach

"This is a spacious and well appointed place, a very short walk from Windansea beach. The house provided us with a home base for our family of six and a place to hang out with family friends for barbecues, game nights, and lazy mornings with bagels from just up the street. The open plan of the ground ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2020

Charming Beach House W/ Enclosed Yard & Steps to the Sand!
Beautiful Ocean Views and Steps to the Beach
Beautiful Ocean Views and Steps to the Beach
6701 Vista Del Mar Ave., La Jolla, CA

Located in Beach Barber Tract, this romantic condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of La Jolla Tide Pools and Windansea Beach. La Jolla Cove and Pacific Beach Park are ...

5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"Amazing views of the ocean, central location, spotless and comfortable condo with everything we needed for relaxing vacation. Better then on the pictures. Karl is an awesome host: gave us clear directions, accommodated early check in, always available Definitely will be back!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2020

Beautiful Ocean Views and Steps to the Beach
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

Located in Muirlands, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tourmaline Surfing Park, Mission Beach and Mission Bay. Pacific Beach Park and Crystal Pier ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"the property is outdated, would have been great if the furnitures are modern but overall the place is great..thanks for accomodating us"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

Tropical 5BR La Jolla Retreat by NamaStay
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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Reviews of La Jolla

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K+D

Mar 3, 2020

Sleepy beach town, lots of cute and gorgeous beach homes. Would be interested to see what summer is like here!

4/5 - Good

Maggie

Jan 17, 2020

Love the small downtown area of La Jolla. Great restaurants and walks

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 24, 2019

The Ocean walk is spectacular, with broad grass lawns, rugged beaches and seals and sea lions galore. The seals do sometimes smell up certain areas but just keep walking and it disappears.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 25, 2019

Scenic and relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 18, 2019

Very nice, lots of things to do for everyone.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 13, 2019

Is a place worth going again

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