Travel Guide of La Jolla, San Diego for: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
La Jolla, San Diego, California

La Jolla Summary

Pros

  • Great weather (average daily temperature is 70 degrees)
  • Beautiful beaches, seaside cliffs and caves
  • Upscale shopping and dining in The Village and La Jolla Shores
  • World-class golf at Torrey Pines
  • A 6,000-acre underwater park with great snorkeling and scuba diving
  • Picturesque, sprawling resorts
  • Home to the rich and famous

Cons

  • 23-minute drive to Downtown San Diego
  • Not much entertainment or nightlife
  • Most hotels are expensive
  • The ocean is a little chilly

What It's Like

La Jolla is a seaside sanctuary with caves that dot the shoreline's cliffs. Nature is key here, and it is well-maintained to preserve the area's natural beauty. There is even a 6,000-acre underwater park, great for snorkeling and scuba diving, and Mount Soledad, a park with 360 degree views of La Jolla. Many houses here are the second (or third, or fourth) homes of the rich and famous, and there is plenty of upscale dining to meet the demands of the area's inhabitants. But the area has a relatively quiet nightlife, with just a few bars that cater to young people.

Where to Stay

Stay in Northern La Jolla to be near the University of California, San Diego, and La Jolla's famous golf course, Torrey Pines. Go south to Lower Hermosa for scenic beaches with little commercialization. La Jolla's downtown area, The Village, features charming galleries, shops, and restaurants, and is within walking distance of several superb beaches. La Jolla Shores also has shops and restaurants at the Avenida de la Playa, and is home to long, sandy beaches and the underwater park.  

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Facts

Languages:

English, Spanish

Airports:

San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Time Zone:

Pacific Time Zone

Peak:

Dec. 15 - April 15

Off-Peak:

April 15 - Dec. 15

Visa:

No, for nationalities included in the Visa Waiver Program

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

U.S. Dollar

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

15-20% in restaurants and cabs

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