La Jolla is a small beach community with a quaint and historic downtown. Located near San Diego, California, it's the home of the Birch aquarium and several unique parks and beaches. From your beach cottage or condominium, it's easy to bike to the attractions and charming shops.
La Jolla Shores Beach is family-friendly with an adjacent park that has a playground and picnic area. There are flat, sandy areas with lifeguards and restrooms nearby. The waves here are gentle and perfect for children.
Windansea Beach isn't a typical sandy beach, but it's great for surfers because of the large waves. It's a bit off the beaten track, and the sunsets over the ocean are beautiful.
La Jolla Cove Beach is located near Scripps Park, and it is a protected area for wildlife. No surfboards or other flotation devices are allowed, and the sea life is abundant. It's a great place to snorkel or scuba dive, and it has lifeguards, restrooms and shower facilities.
The seven La Jolla Caves are worn from 75-million-year-old sea cliffs. You can rent a kayak at La Jolla Shores Beach and paddle it to all of them. The only cave accessible without a kayak is Sunny Jim's Cave, which has a $4 admission fee for adults. There is a lot of history in these caves, and it is well worth the price to go on a guided kayak tour.
Seals are usually present at a protected area on Coast Boulevard called The Children's Pool. The area was originally walled off from the sea to give children a safe place to play. But, since 1992, it has been taken over by seals basking in the sun and nursing their young. Both children and their parents love the opportunity to see the animals close-up in a natural setting.
Shell Beach Tide Pools are located at the bottom of a short stairway at the south end of Scripps Park. At low tide, starfish, sea slugs and shelled creatures are trapped in hollows of water left behind. This would make a fun day's outing as the park has a nearby picnic area.
La Jolla is an epicurean's dream come true, with well-known restaurants in La Jolla Village overseen by famous chefs. Herringbone is one of Chef Brian Malarkey's five highly successful restaurants in the San Diego area, and it offers a Sunday Brunch with a bottomless Mimosa.
La Jolla's Comedy Store South offers nightly stand-up comedy. There are clubs with live music, and they are low-key and relaxing. For a livelier late-night experience, the Gas Lamp Quarter in San Diego is only a few miles away.
January is the rainy season in Southern California, but warm, dry days with very little humidity and cool, breezy evenings are the norm. The warmest months are June through October, with average highs in the upper seventies. La Jolla is a suburb of San Diego, an area renowned for year-round mild weather.
If you're flying, your destination will be the mid-sized San Diego Airport. La Jolla is thirteen miles up the coast and there are rental cars, taxis and shuttles available. The 'Airport Flyer' bus is also available to take visitors to the historic Santa Fe Train Station downtown, for a scenic train ride up the coast to La Jolla.
If you are traveling by car, take I-5 to La Jolla. Coming from the north, exit at La Jolla Village Drive and turn left onto Torrey Pines Road. Traveling from the south or east, merge onto the La Jolla Parkway at I-5, and then turn right on Prospect Street.