Some say La Jolla was derived from the Spanish word La Joya, which means “the jewel.” Such wonderful things will certainly surround you if you take a drive up to La Jolla. Several hiking trails wind past the ocean and sandstone canyons, while restaurants have spectacular views. La Jolla also presents local retailers, art and culture. What more can you ask for? The community is known for its rugged coastline and is just a 15-minute drive from Ocean Park Inn. It’s bordered by Pacific Beach to the south, Del Mar to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Walk on the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach for the most majestic hike of your life. The 1,750-acre reserve is dedicated to preserving the Torrey Pine tree and other indigenous wildlife in its native environment. The park offers hiking trails for all levels, as well. Make sure to have your camera ready!
For more information, click here.
Escape to the Beach
Surfing, kayaking and snorkeling are some of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful beaches of La Jolla. There are several surfing locations around the area depending on your experience level. If you’re just starting out, La Jolla Shores is the place for you with its predictable waves. Local surf schools offer lessons, as well. But if you’re seeking adventure, definitely head over to La Jolla Cove for some large waves. Surf’s up!
La Jolla Kayak offers a Kayak and Snorkel Tour, where you can paddle your way out onto the water and dive right in to explore marine life. Don’t miss your chance to swim alongside brightly colored Garibaldi, harmless leopard sharks, sea lions, and lush kelp forests.
Guided tours include a paddle, kayak, a personal floatation device, and snorkel gear.
Book a tour here.
Farmers Insurance Open
Watch some of the best golfers in the world, including Tiger Woods, as they tee off at one of the most exquisite courses. Farmers Insurance Open will be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course, which has breathtaking ocean views and is the home of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open. Visit the website a week before the tournament to view the tee times.
Here’s a tip: Cameras are only allowed during practice round, so purchase a ticket for Wednesday if you want to get a photo with your favorite golfer.
Purchase tickets here.
Parking options will soon be available here.
George’s at the Cove
Ocean view dining at its finest. George’s at the Cove gives you three dining options on three different levels: California Modern, Level2 and Ocean Terrace. Whether it’s a family affair or date night, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. USA Today named the restaurant one of San Diego’s “10 Best Foodie Spots,” while Eater named it one of the “Hottest Cocktails Bars in San Diego.”
To make a reservation, click here.
Sunday-Thursday – 11AM-10PM
Friday & Saturday – 11AM-11PM
You can never say no to food with a view. The Cliffhanger Café is located high atop the sea cliffs of Torrey Pines. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and snacks as you watch dolphins, whales and paragliders right in front of the outdoor dining area.
To view the menu, click here.
Before or after your meal, you can even learn to fly! Begin with an instructional tandem flight to learn the basics. And you don’t have to worry because they have one of the best safety records with no injuries in over 20 years.
$225 for tandem hang gliding
$175 for tandem paragliding
Duke’s La Jolla
Duke’s La Jolla brings to you a blend of Hawaii and Southern California beach lifestyles. This Oceanside spot offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as a Barefoot Bar menu.
Here’s a tip: Come in on your birthday to get a FREE slice of Hula Pie – chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts and whipped cream!
Fun fact: The restaurant is named after the native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimming and water polo medalist.
Monday-Friday – 10AM-9PM
Saturday & Sunday – 8AM-9PM
Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Walking Tour
Catch the tasty delights of La Jolla by taking a 3 to 3.5-hour leisurely walking tour by-the-sea. A local fine wine and culinary expert will introduce you to La Jolla’s wine, food and culture scene.
The tour includes:
- VIP tastings of premium, fine wines.
- Gourmet food pairings – seafood, pasta and chocolate!
- 3 tour stops including a variety of restaurants.
- A chance to explore San Diego’s vibrant culture with a local guide!
- A leisurely 1 mile sunset walk in scenic La Jolla by-the-sea.
Purchase tickets here.
Prospect Street is the heart of downtown La Jolla and is the home of unique boutique shops like Jewels By the Sea, as well as higher-end shops like Cartier. The picturesque sidewalks make it a great place to take a stroll. There are also several cafes and restaurants around for a shopping break, such as Shiku Sushi and Donovan’s Steakhouse.
Jewels By the Sea – 1237 Prospect Street, Suite B, La Jolla
Cartier – 1135 Prospect St, La Jolla
Shiku Sushi – 1277 Prospect St, La Jolla
Donovan’s Steakhouse – 1250 Prospect St, Ste. C.10, La Jolla
Shop till you drop at one of San Diego’s luxury shopping centers. The newly renovated open-air mall has something for everyone with over 120 A-list shops, full service restaurants, and a new dining terrace. Did we mention there’s a Shake Shack?
For more information, click here.
Monday-Saturday – 10AM-9PM
Sunday – 11AM-7PM
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) made its mark on San Diego over 50 years ago presenting monumental concerts of traditional and contemporary music. LJS&C is a non-profit corporation made up of volunteer musicians from various backgrounds, such as community members, UCSD students, and professionals. These talents are devoted to sharing their love for music with the community.
To view the concert listings, click here.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Fascinated by life under the sea? Visit Birch Aquarium to see more than 5,000 fish in over 60 habitats. You and your family can view panoramic ocean views, as well as partake in interactive activities. Kids will also get a thrill out of watching aquarists feed the underwater animals, like sharks and lobsters.
For more information about activities, click here.
$14/child (ages 3-1, 2 & under free)
$15.50/senior (ages 60+)