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  • 1. La Jolla Cove

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    This shimmering blue-green inlet surrounded by cliffs is what first attracted everyone to La Jolla, from Native Americans to the glitterati...Read More

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  • 2. Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    With sandstone cliffs and hiking trails adjacent to the beach rather than urban development, Torrey Pines State Beach feels far away from the...Read More

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    3. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

    La Jolla | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Pinus torreyana, the rarest native pine tree in the United States, enjoys a 1,500-acre sanctuary at the northern edge of La Jolla. About 6...Read More

    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
  • 4. Windansea Beach

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    With its rocky shoreline and strong shore break, Windansea stands out among San Diego beaches for its dramatic natural beauty. It's one of the...Read More

  • 5. Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    La Jolla | Zoo/Aquarium

    Affiliated with the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this excellent aquarium sits at the end of a signposted drive leading...Read More

  • 6. Black's Beach

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    The powerful waves at this beach attract world-class surfers, and the strand's relative isolation appeals to nudist nature lovers (although...Read More

  • 7. Children's Pool

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    Due to the groups of harbor seals that have claimed it as their own, this shallow cove, protected by a seawall, is closed to the public for...Read More

  • 8. La Jolla Caves

    La Jolla | Cave

    It's a walk of 145 sometimes slippery steps down a tunnel to Sunny Jim, the largest of the seven caves in La Jolla Cove and the only one reachable...Read More

  • 9. La Jolla Shores

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    This is one of San Diego's most popular beaches due to its wide sandy shore, gentle waves, and incredible views of La Jolla Peninsula. There...Read More

  • 10. Marine Street Beach

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    This wide expanse of white sand is famous for bodysurfing due to its powerful shorebreak, but it also teems with sunbathers, swimmers, walkers...Read More

  • 11. Mount Soledad

    La Jolla | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    La Jolla's highest spot can be reached by taking Nautilus Street to La Jolla Scenic Drive South, and then turning left. Proceed a few blocks...Read More

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  • 12. San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve

    La Jolla | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Four habitats across 6,000 acres make up this underwater park and ecological reserve. When the water is clear, this is a diver's paradise with...Read More

  • 13. Shell Beach

    La Jolla | Beach–Sight

    The small cove north of the Children's Pool remains remarkably under the radar and is typically less crowded than nearby beaches like La Jolla...Read More

  • 14. University of California at San Diego

    La Jolla | Educational Institution

    The campus of one of the country's most prestigious research universities spreads over 1,200 acres of coastal canyons and eucalyptus groves...Read More

  • 15. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

    La Jolla | Museum/Gallery

    Driving along Coast Boulevard, it is hard to miss the mass of watercraft jutting out from the rear of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego...Read More

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