La Jolla means “the jewel,” which is an apt name for the cliff-side city that towers over the Pacific. The moment you catch sight of its rocky shores and hidden caves, you’ll understand why it’s also called Jewel City. You’ve never experienced such a mixture of sophistication and laid-back chill, but once you sample the heady concoction, you won’t want to leave.
High Luxe in a Lovely Locale
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You expect a certain amount of luxury from a magical cliff-top city, and La Jolla delivers in spades. The area is well known for its luxuries, not just because of the multi-million-dollar estates that make up its neighborhoods but also due to the trendy boutiques, designer shops, and tasteful cafes lining the sidewalks. Whether you want to test drive a Ferrari during your vacation or hit up Bang & Olufsen, La Jolla has it. Visitors craving a high-end shopping experience should stick to Prospect Drive, which is the Rodeo Drive of San Diego.
A Bevy of Unbelievable Beaches
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Given that water surrounds La Jolla on three sides, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. The coastline hides a variety of grottoes, explaining why the Native Americans originally called the city Woholle, which translates to “hole in the mountains.” In addition to white sand beaches that invite you to lounge, you can explore reefs, sea cliffs, and coves made of sandstone. You never know what you’ll find.
For surfing like you’ve never experienced or a romantic, secluded sunset stroll, you can’t miss famous Windansea Beach. At Children’s Pool, you can spy on sea lions and seals as they frolic, catch fish, and sunbathe on the rocks. The community’s most popular coastal jewel is undoubtedly La Jolla Cove, or simply the Cove. It’s a haven for hikers and speed-walkers, plus it has a boardwalk and areas classed as marine refuges.
Even though La Jolla is a luxe community, it welcomes everyone regardless of their budget. The area offers a variety of places to stay, ranging from indulgent resorts to charming B&Bs. Websites like Hotel Planner search La Jolla hotels based on your criteria. Pinpoint what you can afford, how many beds you need, and even if you need a pet-friendly room.
No Weather Worries
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Because La Jolla is in Southern California, the sun shines more often than not. Perfect skies during the day and balmy evenings make for a dream vacation. You don’t have to spend much time thinking about rainy days, but even if the skies open up, there’s no rule saying you can’t have fun in the rain.
Activities for Everyone
It doesn’t matter what you like to do. La Jolla has an activity for you. Bring your surfboard or your beach blanket to the shore. Spend a leisurely day at one of the area’s many golf courses. Join a bike or kayak tour. Lose yourself in the local branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
La Jolla is a jewel of a city. Everyone wants to call it home. Failing that, at least you can spend a week or two surrounded by water, high above it all. Are you ready to buy a ticket?