Things to do in La Jolla 

For those unfamiliar with the La Jolla area, it is actually the southern portion of the city of San Diego and is not a separate city. However, it is definitely a well-known section of the city, and it has a life of its own when it comes to all the attractions which make it memorable. If you’re planning a trip to the West Coast and you include San Diego on your itinerary, make sure to check out some of the outstanding elements of La Jolla life, some of which are described below.


Lovers of fine dining will really appreciate Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, where some of the greatest steak and seafood on the coast is served to patrons. This is also the place to go if you’re a connoisseur of fine wines, and if you’d like to try some of the locally-inspired special dishes created by its master chef. Himitsu is a recently opened Japanese Sushi Bar, but it also specializes in authentic Japanese seafood cuisine, and it has rapidly become one of the most prominent restaurants on the La Jolla scene.


La Jolla has acquired a reputation for developing local talent at its Playhouse, which then goes on to greater heights on Broadway and to the Comedy Store. There is a lively scene of music and theater which is always ongoing in La Jolla, and many of tomorrow’s stars get their start today in area venues. Visitors from around the globe are entertained by some of the best talent in the country, and it all starts right here in La Jolla.


If you’re looking for the biggest concentration of shops in San Diego, visit downtown La Jolla Village, specifically along Prospect Street and Girard Avenue. You’ll find trendy boutiques, men’s shops, women’s shops, high-end fashion stores, and a few gift boutiques as well. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this neighborhood, you’re just not looking hard enough. 


La Jolla is home to some of the finest beaches on the West Coast, and even if you’re not a swimmer or water sports enthusiast, you’ll love the endless photo opportunities at some of these awesome beaches. Wipeout Beach is known for its excellent surfing and tidepools, which are great for exploring with your kids. For those who prefer a more secluded setting, the Marine Street Beach is great for sunbathing, but also provides some huge waves for those who enjoy surfing. Torrey Pines State Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area, and it’s loaded with amenities, so it’s ideal for taking the whole family there for a day, to enjoy some swimming, shellfishing, surfing, and spectating.


There are all kinds of tours available in the La Jolla area, and something to suit every taste. For food lovers, there are restaurant tours where you’ll get a taste of what the area has to offer. For explorer types, you can arrange for a tour of the nearby Pacific Ocean, and all the sea creatures which inhabit the area, or you can setup a snorkeling adventure to see it all, close-up and personal. If you happen to be a wine lover, some of the finest wineries in the country are close by and can be toured, with some very satisfying samples and purchases available for your gratification. 

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