Take 5: Top Things To Do in La Jolla

A short drive north of Paradise Point is one of San Diego’s best beach neighborhoods – La Jolla! This hidden jewel is a sophisticated beach town with a dramatic coastline and amazing viewpoints, including Mt. Soledad. The seaside village offers more than just exclusive shopping and dining, and there are plenty of free things to do in La Jolla, including a quintessential San Diego day at the beach. It’s no surprise La Jolla was recently named one of the 15 best beaches  by Fodor’s Travel for its shoreline perfectly suited for surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving.


When staying at our resort near La Jolla, take 5 for these top things to do in La Jolla:   

Eat Here: Head to Caroline’s Seaside Café by Giuseppe that sits atop the Scripps Seaside Forum, an award-winning venue, for a California-style breakfast or early lunch. Grab a seat on their outside patio and order the housemade chocolate chip pancakes  for a deliciously sweet breakfast and ocean views to match. 

Drink Here: Relish in one of Pannikin’s fresh roasted coffee or exotic blended teas. This family owned and operated shop has been serving the San Diego community since 1968, with two other locations just north of La Jolla.

Play Here: Take a walk through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a long stretch of land in the northern part of La Jolla. It’s the best place to experience San Diego’s outdoors, with 8 miles of trails and several viewpoints overlooking the Pacific. 

Shop Here:  Stroll down Girard Avenue for a world-class fashion experience full of unique shops, boutiques and art galleries. You’ll easily find one-of-a-kind items and luxurious brands along this popular shopping destination in La Jolla.

Snap Here: The Children’s Pool boasts stunning 360-degree views of land and sea, plus an up-close look at some of San Diego’s wildlife! Originally intended for children to swim, numerous seals and sea lions now call this cove home. A seawall built in the early 1930’s is the perfect vantage point for capturing their antics on film.

For a resort near La Jolla, stay at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, located just 15 minutes away on Mission Bay.

The “Take 5” blog series introduces visitors to San Diego’s unique neighborhoods through recommendations from experts on the area: hotel employees who live there.  Check back every month to learn about a new section of the city, always within 10 miles of our centrally located San Diego resort.


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