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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

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                                                                                                      We stayed for 2 nights/3 days and this house was the perfect fit for us. Beautiful inside and spectacular back yard. The pool and slide and basketball were great and everything in the house was well maintained and clean. Amazing views of PB and Mission Beach. A short uber ride to Vons and the beach. Quinn was very responsive and accommodating through out the weekend. All amenities were clearly marked in the welcoming book and easy to use. Thanks again for letting us use your home! Great Rental!
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                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Would give 6 stars if I could

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My family of four stayed here for a week. This is a great place in a great location. Beach, restaurants and playground for kids are all a short walk away. The house is cozy, but doesn't feel cramped at all. The outside areas in front and back are nicely furnished and very comfortable. Included beach chairs, sand toys and body boards were nice additions and came in handy. Garage parking was also nice to have. Marilyn was a pleasure to deal with. All of my questions (and scheduling changes) were handled quickly and accurately. We had a great time here. I would stay in this house again any time.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
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                                                                                                      LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION.

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                                                                                                      You couldn't ask for a better location in Wind'nSea nor a better view. The property is on the 3rd floor with a great open kitchen , dining and living area. There is a large balcony that overlooks the Pacific Ocean with simply spectacular views. The entire ocean facing side of the condo is covered in floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors. It really is mesmerizing. The kitchen is well stocked and includes top class appliances so cooking in is a breeze and all the more relaxing given the view. Even better if.... 1. Access to parking requires exiting the car every time because the keyboard is on the wall. This should be resolved by extending the keyboard out 1-1.5 feet or supplying openers (against the deposit). 2. The hallway carpets are such that they easily move, especially if luggage is rolling over them. 3. The elevator is not accessible to go up, only down. This is a significant issue if you have small children or older people. This is the single biggest negative and must be resolved, especially given the price tag on the property. 4. The beach facing coded door doesn't work. Anyone can open the door simply by pulling on it. 5. The music system - Bluetooth - doesn't work. 6. We used the elevator to go down one night and got stuck. We had to call the fire department to come and free us. They had to reset the power and we were fortunate to get out after 20 minutes with no injuries other than a very emotional and upset child. The fire department says that the elevator needs to be serviced or replaced. 7. I called Harland after hours to report the incident (Thursday evening). The after hours person was completely unhelpful and seemed to be uninterested in understanding the challenge. He simply stated that they - Harland- didn't manage the property and that I should call the property manager (I don't know who that is). Otherwise fab trip despite above challenges. Michael
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016