La Jolla: Visit San Diego’s Rich Cousin

San Diego is a popular paradise known for its sunny climate and craggy coastline. The La Jolla community is part of the greater San Diego area — a very posh part, where you’ll find golf courses, high-end shopping, and stunning beaches. Luxurious La Jolla hotels such as the Pantai Inn will spoil and pamper you; they offer the perfect base for a San Diego area vacation.

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La Jolla sunset

Getting There

Many La Jolla hotels offer shuttle service from the San Diego airport, but you should check in to see if the shuttle needs to be scheduled, especially during the off-season. A taxi will cost around $45.

Luxe La Jolla Lodging

Book a sea-view room at La Jolla Cove Suites, and you’ll start your days with stunning views from the rooftop terrace where you’ll have your breakfast. Spend your evenings watching the sunset from your private balcony. Rooms are clean and comfy, but on the smaller side.

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Views from the Pantai Inn

Choose the Pantai Inn for a truly indulgent vacation. Pamper yourself with jacuzzis, sea views, and a comfortable room decked out in Balinese decor. Start your days with a hearty hotel breakfast, and end them with a delicious night’s sleep.

For a great mid-price hotel with a superb location, opt for the Empress Hotel of La Jolla. Breakfast on the patio will charm you, and valet parking is a convenient solution to La Jolla’s ongoing parking troubles. Shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
Stay right on the shore at La Jolla Shores Hotel, a popular lodging for families that offers a beachfront location and excellent service.

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Cove Beach

La Jolla’s Beaches and Adventures

La Jolla Cove Beach is a favorite for snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and picnicking.
Surfers (and surfer wannabes) should head to Tourmaline Surfing Park for classic longboard action, including lessons and rentals for beginners. Scuba, snorkeling, and kayaking are popular La Jolla activities as well, either as part of a group or on your own terms. Windansea Beach is another popular spot for surfing or lying in the sun.

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Flight-lovers can arrange a seaplane ride, or set up paragliding or hang-gliding adventures with some of the top-ranked gliding centers in the country, such as the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Even people who aren’t interested in sailing through the air enjoy picnicking near the Gliderport and watching the action.

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The Kelp Tank, Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium invites you to learn more about the remarkable creatures of the sea (you can even touch a few). Hikers will want to spend some time enjoying the gorgeous California scenery at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. When you’re ready for some indoor time, take in live theater at La Jolla’s highly regarded Playhouse.

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La Jolla is within easy reach of the world-famous San Diego Zoo, sports stadiums, and museums. You’ll find lots of other activities in La Jolla to fill your vacation, and restaurants galore where you can savor great meals in casual, California-style surroundings.

Have you visited the posh beachfront community of La Jolla? Tell us your impressions in the comments section below.

About the author

Lauren Haas is a freelance writer and world nomad. She travels the world and writes content for Hipmunk, CBS, Time Warner, and other websites. Follow her blog at The Soul of a Journey.

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  1. Will says:

    San Diego is one of my favorite cities in America … will have to check out La Jolla when I get back there!

  2. Daria says:

    La Jolla lodging is really luxurious! I would love visiting Torrey Pines Gliderport as well! Thanks for a good post, Lauren!

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