La Jolla is one of the most popular places for travelers to visit when they come to Southern California. The hotels in La Jolla are noted for their elegance, safety, and proximity to major tourist and cultural attractions.
Here are 11 things that are worthwhile activities in La Jolla when you visit:
1. Visit La Jolla Shores Beach: If you have a busy life and you want to remember why you work so hard every day when you are not on vacation, visit La Jolla Shores Beach. If you do so when you first arrive, it can definitely enhance your vacation.
2. Follow Dashiell Hammett: The long-time citizen and sometime madman author of La Jolla held court in certain areas near La Jolla Village. And while the Maltese Falcon and other stories largely avoid La Jolla as a setting, his legacy as one of the American writing greats, makes it a fun side trip in La Jolla.
3. Go to the Scripp’s Aquarium: The Scripps family has made a very large name for itself as philanthropists. Part of their legacy in La Jolla is creating a great venue for parties and other attractions. The Aquarium currently houses many local species of fish that cannot be viewed in other places.
4. Play a round at Torrey Pines: You will need to plan ahead for this, but the world famous Torrey Pines golf course is public. If you book your tickets in advance, you can therefore end up with a tee-time to play a round at one of the top courses in the world.
5. Go shopping in La Jolla Village: Believe it or not, every year, people book hotels around La Jolla village just for the opportunity to come and go shopping and dining in a small community that is near the beach. For shoppers, you actually have access to a lot of very upscale clothing and food. You are also literally blocks from the beach and the world famous children’s wading pool, which has been taken over by the local sea lions.
6. Hike through Black’s beach up to Del Mar: The other excellent beach in La Jolla is a state park that separates La Jolla from its Northern neighbor Del Mar. The beach is wide and surfing is popular. If you start from the southernmost part of the beach, you should watch out for tides and for stray nude people as you move through the Black’s beach area, which is San Diego’s only nude beach. The complete hike is only a few miles.
7. Take in a show at UCSD Theater: You might ask why you would go to a theater on-campus while you were on vacation. In San Diego, the answer is that there are world-class actors and actresses that you will likely see on television and in the movies in the future performing for a pittance at one of the nicest theaters on the West Coast. With a large range of plays to choose from, you won’t be disappointed.
8. Visit the largest mall in North County: La Jolla East hosts a large shopping mall that has a mix of stores that appeals to the upwardly mobile. Open long hours, you should be able to find anything that you can’t in the village.
9. Play Tennis: La Jolla is also a world class Tennis venue and has hosted tournaments and individual matches that were very high level. If you like tennis but do not want to play, the Tennis Club will allow you to eat and drink there without being a member.
10. Have dinner with a view: From George’s at the Cove to the Marine Room and many other La Jolla restaurants, there is always an open invitation for you to enjoy sweeping views of whitewater ocean and warm breezes as you enjoy your lunch or dinner.
11. Find a boutique hotel to stay in: La Jolla features some of the most specialized inns on the West Coast. To find one that matches your whim or fancy, take a look at a travel site like hipmunk.com in order to see details on what is available.