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La Jolla Cove

Enjoy world-class shopping, restaurants and beaches in the sparkling “Jewel City” along the ocean.

This hillside community just north of San Diego does indeed seem to sparkle, with exclusive homes along the ocean cliffs, upscale shops and beautiful people. Some of California’s most prized beaches are here. Watch the spectacular surfing and admire the dramatic waves on display at Windansea Beach. 

The small and sandy La Jolla Cove, conveniently located downtown, is a picturesque cove sandwiched between two sandstone cliffs. It’s a great place for families to splash in the water and explore the pools at low tide, as is the nearby Children’s Pool Beach. Scripps Park offers a dramatic view from the walkway along the bluffs above the ocean, where you can watch the sea lions sunbathe and play. 

The shopping in La Jolla is great for browsing, even if you can’t afford the prices. Stroll along Prospect Street, Girard Avenue and La Jolla Boulevard, where you’ll find little boutiques, art galleries and cafés to sit and sip a latte or enjoy gelato. If you’re looking for world-class food with a view to match, make a reservation well in advance at one of the popular restaurants with a terrace overlooking the ocean.

Active travelers will love the range of sports to try at La Jolla. As well as surfing , there’s scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. If you fancy trying your golf swing on a PGA course, then head to the exquisite fairways of Torrey Pines, just a 10-minute drive from La Jolla. Tiger Woods and many other professionals have graced these greens.

La Jolla is 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego. Rent a car to make the drive, but leave it parked once you get to La Jolla as the sights are best explored on foot. Public transportation options include San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus service. Route 30 departs from downtown and terminates at La Jolla Village Square.


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La Jolla Cove Suites £91
La Jolla Cove Suites

La Jolla Cove Suites

1155 Coast Blvd, La Jolla
     
    3.5
    of 5, from 1,417 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Offering direct access to the beach, this La Jolla hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and Scripps Pier are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Inn By The Sea La Jolla £117
    Inn By The Sea La Jolla

    Inn By The Sea La Jolla

    7830 Fay Ave, La Jolla
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 1,555 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly La Jolla hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Cove. Birch Aquarium and Windansea Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      La Valencia Hotel
      La Valencia Hotel

      La Valencia Hotel

      1132 Prospect St, La Jolla
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 1,254 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this La Jolla hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and La Jolla Shores Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Grande Colonial Hotel
        Grande Colonial Hotel

        Grande Colonial Hotel

        910 Prospect St, La Jolla
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 887 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated by the ocean, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and La Jolla Shores Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          La Jolla Village Lodge
          La Jolla Village Lodge

          La Jolla Village Lodge

          1141 Silverado Street, La Jolla
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 245 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and La Jolla Shores Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Walk to the Beach in La Jolla! **new Improved/faster Wifi
            Walk to the Beach in La Jolla! **new Improved/faster Wifi

            Walk to the Beach in La Jolla! **new Improved/faster Wifi

            , San Diego
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in La Jolla, this property is close to La Jolla Cove, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Shores Park. Also nearby are Mount Soledad and Windansea Beach.

              Walk to the Beach in La Jolla
              Walk to the Beach in La Jolla

              Walk to the Beach in La Jolla

              , San Diego
                 
                4.8
                of 5, from 42 reviews
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated on the waterfront, this property is close to La Jolla Cove, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Shores Park. Also nearby are Mount Soledad and Windansea Beach.

                La Jolla Inn
                La Jolla Inn

                La Jolla Inn

                1110 Prospect St, La Jolla
                   
                  3.4
                  of 5, from 670 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of La Jolla, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and La Jolla Cove. Windansea Beach and La Jolla Shores Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).