La Jolla
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La Jolla is situated on a scenic headland and on the adjacent slopes of Mount Soledad overlooking picturesque La Jolla Cove.

La Jolla, California

La Jolla, (pronounced la HOY-ya), is a suburban neighborhood in the Southern California city of San Diego. It is situated on a scenic headland and on the adjacent slopes of Mount Soledad overlooking picturesque La Jolla Cove. It lies just a few miles north of downtown San Diego. La Jolla is an upscale neighborhood where exquisite homes surrounded by blooming shrubbery and tall, shady palm trees overlook scenic vistas of the Pacific Coast.

You can easily drive there by taking I-5 north about 6 miles from downtown San Diego and taking La Jolla Boulevard a few miles until you reach Prospect Street. You can also get there via public transportation on the municipal buses.

Prospect Street is a bit like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Prospect Street is the main avenue of this little community and it features a half-dozen blocks of art galleries, jewelry stores, fashion boutiques and trendy restaurants. One can easily spot Ferraris and Lamborghinis parked along this street.

There is a wonderful shoreline park overlooking the pristine bay and the towering coastal cliffs beyond. Natives and tourists alike come to lie on the manicured green lawns and bask in the Southern California sun or picnic on take-out food from the many nearby restaurants.

La Jolla Seaside Park© Mike Leco / USATourist.com
There is a wonderful shoreline park overlooking the pristine bay and the towering coastal cliffs beyond.

Beaches and Seals at La Jolla Cove

Along the sheltered inner bay, a beautiful sandy beach offers great sun bathing, swimming and surfing. The clear waters of the offshore reef provides snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. At the tip of the headland, a tiny sandy beach sheltered behind a small breakwater attracts a colony of seals. Tourists flock to the breakwater where they can peer down at the seals basking in the sun just a few meters away. You can typically see baby seals frolicking and playing at water's edge. It is a favorite attraction for visitors to La Jolla.

There are additional beaches south of the cove along the headland and north of the cove at the base of the massive cliffs. Some of these beaches offer more secluded swimming spots and excellent surfing, but one must exercise caution, as many times the conditions are suitable only for well-experienced surfers.

La Jolla offers swimming, snorkeling, surfing and other beach activities

In addition to swimming, surfing, sunbathing, snorkeling and scuba diving, you can hike, bike, or sea kayak in La Jolla. You can also golf at several country clubs or at the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course, known as one of the most beautiful public courses in the country.

There is a small but nice selection of hotels located along the beach and on the hillsides overlooking the cove. La Jolla is a bit out of the way if you have business in downtown San Diego, but it is a lovely place to stay if you want scenic accommodations near the beach and away from the downtown crowd.

Written by: Mike Leco
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Photo Description: View overlooking La Jolla, California