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Enjoy the Surf from Your Beach Cottage or Condo

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.

Beaches

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.

Local Attractions

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.

Dining and Nightlife

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.

Weather

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.

How to Get There

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.

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                                                                                                      Recent La Jolla Reviews

                                                                                                      Cute Beach Cottage - Great Location

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                                                                                                      We loved staying at Clem's beach cottage. The place was in very good condition and was very clean. The place is located very close to most everything you would want within La Jolla including being a few blocks from the beach! It is located on a major road so I'm sure road noise could be an issue for some people but we had no issues with that. It also has off-street parking which seems somewhat hard to find in this neighborhood. It has a very private front patio that would be amazing to use during the summer. We wouldn't hesitate to come back as we absolutely loved the cottage. Clem was excellent to work with. He was extremely responsive from the start of the booking process to the end. No surprises whatsoever and a great overall experience. We highly recommend staying at Clem's beach cottage if you are looking for a quaint and clean place in a very good location. Perfect for a couple's getaway! Thanks, Clem!
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                                                                                                      • Stayed: Feb 2016

                                                                                                      Would highly recommend to anyone staying in the La Jolla area!!!!

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                                                                                                      Everything was awesome. Can't say enough about the house and Clem. Will be staying again every time we visit La Jolla.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
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                                                                                                      Perfect La Jolla location with amazing views

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                                                                                                      This apartment is spacious and bright, in a perfect location that is far enough away from the main La Jolla drag to minimize noise, but close enough to walk to all shops and restaurants. It could use a few minor amenities to make the stay more enjoyable though: cable, trash bags, working ceiling fan, etc. The half bathroom shower also did not work very well and emitted a cloudy water that smelled funny, so there is something likely wrong with the piping. Overall a pleasant stay.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Sep 2016