La Jolla, CA

Location: La Jolla, CA is an affluent coastal community in San Diego. The La Jolla peninsula can be seen for miles up the coast, somtimes as far as San Clemente, on a clear day. (Map)

City Highlights

La Jolla, which means “Jewel” in Spanish, is located south of Torrey Pines and Del Mar, and north of Pacific Beach.

La Jolla’s features include its downtown district on the peninsula, La Jolla Cove, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Birch Aquarium, UCSD, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Activity Hubs

La Jolla Shores Activity Hub
La Jolla Shores, Kellogg Park, Scripps Pier, Dike Rock Tide Pools, Birch Aquarium.

La Jolla Downtown Village Activity Hub
La Jolla Cove, Children’s Pool Beach, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Cuvier Park, Shell Beach Tide Pool, La Jolla Sea Caves, La Jolla Downtown Village, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla. Events: La Jolla Concerts by the Sea, La Jolla Festival of the Arts and Food Fair.


Black’s Beach
La Jolla Shores
La Jolla Cove
Children’s Pool Beach
Marine Street Beach
Windansea Beach
Wide sandy beaches and small secluded sand pocket shorelines against rugged cliffs.



Kellogg Park
Ellen Browning Scripps
Cuvier Park
Cuvier Park and Ellen Browning Scripps Park are located on cliff tops overlooking the ocean. Kellogg Park comes up to the sand and boardwalk.


Scripps Pier
A private, research pier, owned and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


La Jolla Underwater Park
Spanning a 6,000 acre-wide area of ocean floor, tidal shoals, and coastal shoreline north of downtown San Diego off La Jolla, The La Jolla Underwater Park is a marine life preservation and aquatic recreation zone with multiple components.

Scripps Coastal Reserve
Scripps Coastal Reserve is a strip of beach and coastal bluffs in La Jolla, about a block from the University of California, San Diego.  It’s a great place for San Diegans to hike, take a leisurely stroll along the beach, swim, or observe flora and fauna native to Southern California’s coastline.


Anthenaeum Music & Arts Library
Built in the 1920s, the library offers a collection on music and art, unique to this region.


Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla
Collection of contemporary art by major artists, as well as emerging and under-recognized mid-career artists.

12 Green Dragons Buildings
Originally a retreat for actors, musicians, and writers, the buildings today are a collection of galleries and shops.

Mount Soledad Memorial
A memorial atop Mount Soledad that honors both veterans and active military who served the USA during times of conflict.


La Jolla Downtown Village
An affluent downtown village on the peninsula with a cosmopolitan, European-style atmosphere.


La Jolla Caves
Seven sea caves naturally carved into sea cliffs, east of La Jolla Cove.

A large university with six campuses, residing on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland near the ocean.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography
The world’s preeminent center for ocean and earth research, teaching, and public education.

Birch Aquarium
Operated by Scripps Institute, the Birch Aquarium showcases several living ocean exhibits with marine animals. Includes education programs, field trips, and gift shop.


La Jolla Hotels, La Jolla Boutique Hotels, La Jolla Beach Hotels
Several luxury downtown hotels. Quaint elegant boutiques. Several hotels near beach. Two hotels with private beach.


La Jolla Half Marathon
Late April
Scenic race course along the coast that extends from Del Mar Fairgrounds to Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

La Jolla Shores 5K
Late April
Shorter than Half Marathon, that stretches from La Jolla Shores to Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea
June – September
Sunday afternoon summer concerts at Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

La Jolla Festival of the Arts
Late June
One of the best art shows in California and recognized as the number one show in San Diego County.

La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
The film festival features the best of the international fashion film art movement. Film screenings at a local venue over 2-3 days.