La Jolla Neighborhood Snapshot
- Promenade above the cove: The winding pathways above La Jolla Cove offer stunning views of the surf and sea lions.
- Shop ’til you drop: La Jolla's chic boutiques and galleries are San Diego's answer to Rodeo Drive. Watch for celebrities as you browse on Prospect Street and Girard Avenue.
- Aquatic adventures: Grab a kayak or scuba gear to explore the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Preserve.
- Luxe living: Visit top-notch spas and restaurants, or gawk at multimillion-dollar mansions and their denizens in Ferraris.
- Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve: Play the links, hike the trails, relax on the beach, or hang glide off the cliffs.
Brockton Villa Restaurant. This charming café overlooking La Jolla Cove has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as scrumptious desserts and coffee drinks; the beans are locally roasted. A popular breakfast spot, the café closes at 9 pm. 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, California, 92037. 858/454–7393; www.brocktonvilla.com.
The Cheese Shop. Located in the heart of La Jolla Shores, this is a great place to grab a quick lunch or picnic provisions. The sandwiches are excellent, and kids will love the fresh-baked cookies and old-time candy selection. 2165 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, California, 92037. 858/459–3921; www.cheeseshoplajolla.com.
George's at the Cove. This restaurant complex may be one of the best-known spots in La Jolla for its incredible views of La Jolla Cove. Although the main restaurant, George's California Modern, is an upscale affair, Ocean Terrace on the top level is a great place for a casual meal. Cocktails are inventive and specialties like the grilled fish tacos or Grass Run Farms burger are delicious. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, California, 92037. 858/454–4244; www.georgesatthecove.com.
If you're traveling north, take the La Jolla Parkway exit off I-5, which veers into Torrey Pines Road, and turn right onto Prospect Street. If you're heading south, take the La Jolla Village Drive exit, which also leads into Torrey Pines Road. For the scenic route, head north from Pacific Beach on La Jolla Boulevard and Camino de la Costa. Signs direct drivers and cyclists past many of La Jolla's famed vistas and coveted homes. As you approach the village, La Jolla Boulevard turns into Prospect Street.
Planning Your Time
La Jolla's highlights can be seen in a few hours with a visit to La Jolla Village and the cove followed by a scenic drive along the coast and through Torrey Pines. A day allows for beach time, a hike in Torrey Pines, and some shopping.
The village and La Jolla Cove can be explored on foot, but it's a steep walk. Parking is tough too.
Find It La Jolla. This app offers information on local events and discounts for local businesses and attractions. 7817 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, San Diego, California, 92037. 858/454–7939; www.lajollabluebook.com.
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