things to do in La Jolla

Fun & cool things to do in La Jolla, San Diego

La Jolla, just north of San Diego really fits into that perfect beach and Southern California culture and lifestyle. Gorgeous beaches, scenic coastal walks with dreamy sunsets, year round adventure and recreation activities are all there to fill your days and so many other fun things to do in La Jolla. If you’re looking for that quick getaway and complete So Cal experience, check out these fun & cool things to do in La Jolla, San Diego.


things to do in La Jolla, San Diego


Highlights of what to do in La Jolla


 La Jolla sea life and coastal areas

Things to do in La Jolla – Check out the amazing wildlife along the coastline

Along the coastline around La Jolla cove, you will find a lot of wildlife hanging out on the rocky areas next to the ocean. It’s fascinating to see wildlife up close right along the coastal areas.  Just make sure that you leave enough space between yourself and any of this sea life – they are wild so don’t take any risks to get a perfect photo-op.



La Jolla coastal walk and wild flowers on the coastline


Things to do in La Jolla  – enjoying a coastal walk

The entire coastal area along the rim is mostly asphalt walkways and some dirt paths going through extremely beautiful areas. Spring and summer is ideal with the abundance of California wildflowers and other perennials that bloom along the coastal areas and is a perfect photo opportunity to get those pops of color into your composition or selfies.



Colorful coastal blooms on the trails in La Jolla


Coastal blooms on the trails in La Jolla



Things to do in La Jolla  – beach time at La Jolla Shores Beach

Easy surf and access of water sports like SUPs and kayaks on flat sand with life guards and restroom/shower facilities make this one of the most popular beaches to hang out in La Jolla. Next door is Kellogg Park, a family friendly park with nice playground and enough parking. The one mile long beach is considered the calmest of the San Diego beaches and is next to the Underwater Park Ecological preserve. Check out the amenities and regulations visiting La Jolla beach here for more details and information.



La Jolla shopping in the village at night time


Things to do in La Jolla  – Shopping around La Jolla village and malls

The shopping is fun and filled with cool galleries, eateries and unique stores catering to an upscale clientele base with a variety of shopping venues in the village area, La Jolla Village Square, La Jolla Galleria and Westfield shopping mall. Exploring the village area is fun with cool boutiques and international brands that cater to the La Jolla crowds and visitors to the area while being in a more open outdoor environment.



Delicious cookies for sale in the Village


Checking out the La Jolla village and shops


A very cool and historic library downtown



La Jolla central library and gallery





Craft beer and happy hour time in La Jolla

Things to do in La Jolla  – the craft beer scene

The craft brewery scene is huge in San Diego and La Jolla has its own local breweries to thanks for keeping it local. Fun craft places around La Jolla include the popular La Jolla Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and new upstart Ale Smith Brewing Company. It seems like there are new breweries expanding coming into the La Jolla beach and surrounding areas as fun places to hang out and enjoy some of the delicious new crafts breweries in the area.



Craft beer and brewery for happy hour in La Jolla



La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art


La Jolla Museum of Contemporary art and sculpture garden

This is a gorgeous contemporary art museum right on the coastline with a gorgeous sculpture garden that is open and free to the public while the museum has a priced entry.  The museum is going through remodeling at the moment but the garden is open for the public. For more details of exhibits and rotating shows, check out the museum’s website here for an updated calendar and information.



Things to do in La Jolla  – Stuart Collection

If your into free and cool public art, there are 18 pieces of public art are located around the UC campus at San Diego site.  Large scale public art pieces but regional and international sculptors are open for the public to enjoy, to check out the locations and artists at the site, visit the UCSD website here for more details and where to see the sculptures.




Sunset on the coast line at La Jolla beach areas

Things to do in La Jolla  – enjoy a sunset moment on the coastline

Finding a perfect spot on the coastline for that La Jolla sunset is where you want to be for a romantic end to the evening or just hanging out with some friends and enjoying end of day on the coast with a brilliant sunset. It’s not always going to be perfect, but the fun of enjoying the outdoors and witnessing end of day on the beach or coast line is a memory worth treasuring on your visit to this gorgeous area.



Enjoying the golden hour at the coastline in La Jolla Cove area


A sunset moment on the coast line in La Jolla





things to do in La Jolla adventure sports

Adventure activities in La Jolla

There are so many fun adventure activities you can do on the land and in the water to have an amazing experience in La Jolla. For those interested in water adventure a snorkel or Kayak tour can be had with La Jolla Sea caves Kayak which is a fantastic way to see the coastline and sealife under the water. There are cool things to do on land like a fun bike tour of the area.

Another good thing to do would to kayak or sup and explore some of the cool caves and scenic coastal areas around La Jolla. There are many outfitters to choose from and tour with a local guides to show you some of the best places to explore along La Jolla’s beautiful coastline.


Surfing around La Jolla beaches and adventure activities




Where to stay in La Jolla

Check out these fantastic places to stay while you’re visiting La Jolla – it’s about being central and in a good place.

La Jolla Beach Travel Lodge – right on the beach with great views and beach access, the lodge is in a great place, good front desk service with pool & spa. Well appointed rooms with standard amenities and nice toiletry

La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club – fantastic location, great customer service with pool/spa and golfing and private beach, the rooms are clean and spacious with all the right amenities.

Pantai Inn – A hidden gem this exudes with customer service, beautiful rooms, well maintains with some ocean views, good breakfast service and easy access to the ocean.

Lodge at Torrey Pines – If you’re looking for that absolute California experience then a stay here is a must with great views, spacious rooms and a beautiful signature hotel to relax and enjoy the beautiful area.

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Check out these fun outdoor experiences too!


Segway tour of La Jolla – a fun 2 hour tour passing through popular areas like Torrey Pines, La Jolla cove and village and other scenic coastal areas

La Jolla Coast Bike tours – a ten mile, two and a half hour tour of the scenic areas of La Jolla including vista points, coastal tours, the village and other attractions around the area.

La Jolla kayak & whale watching tour – a fun and unique way to experience wildlife including whales by kayaking around scenic areas where whales tend to pass through the La Jolla coastlines.


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18 Responses to things to do in La Jolla

  1. headalongwithheart July 21, 2017 at 7:21 am #

    La Jolla sounds like a great time! I’ve been thinking about visiting California and I may add this to my list of places to consider! The wildlife viewing looks so fun!

  2. mags July 20, 2017 at 4:14 am #

    I loved La Jolla. I could watch the sea lions all day.

  3. Paige W July 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    That beach looks really pretty, and I love that there’s substance to the city as well. Not just a beach town. I would be all over going to the craft breweries, and the cookies look yummy too!

  4. Tami July 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    I was just in La Jolla last weekend! Actually I’m there a lot because it’s my favorite go-to place when we’re entertaining guests. I didn’t know about the cool library, though. And you didn’t mention the Tripadvisor #1 rated place for dessert: Bobboi’s Natural Gelato, which is the closest to European artisan gelato I’ve had in the states! We always go there and then walk down to the beach to see the seals and the sunset!

    • Noel July 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

      European style gelato, gives me another reason to go back there!

  5. Lydia Smith July 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    Thanks fot bringing this city out in pictures. It looks do beautiful. I’m glad I read about La Jolla in pictures here

  6. Natasha July 16, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    San Diego looks amazing, well La Jolla in particular! I love wildlife so being able to see seals in their natural habitat would be amazing! Your photos are of really high quality as well! Awesome post!

  7. Tanya Korteling July 15, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    Those beaches and walks look absolutely gorgeous; I’d love to visit one day! Great writeup

  8. Jenna July 15, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    Would love to explore more of La Jolla sometime! Such a cool area with more to do than I realized. The breweries, the beautiful beaches and coastline and the sculpture garden all look great!

  9. Indrani July 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    These are some thoroughly de-stressing activities! I loved those seals.
    Can we get close to them?

  10. Victoria July 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

    Wow! I didn’t know this even existed in San Diego! I love clouds so walking along them with the purple flowers is something I would totally love to do! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sue Reddel July 13, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    We visited La Jolla this past December. I wish we had gotten to see those beautiful wildflowers and we missed the brewery. Guess we’ll have to go back. Terrific photos as usual Noel.

  12. Doreen Pendgracs July 12, 2017 at 5:03 am #

    I don’t have specific memories of La Jolla, but do love the San Diego area, Noel. Thx, as always, for your awesome pics.

  13. Rhonda Albom July 11, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    La Jolla is fabulous. When I think of Southern California, this town is what I think of. It is that mix of sun, beach, and laid back vibe that I find so appealing.

    • Noel July 11, 2017 at 7:54 am #

      It really is Southern California living and lifestyle – didn’t you live in this area for awhile Rhonda?

  14. Kristin Henning July 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

    Pinned! Now I just need a house-sit in La Jolla so I can enjoy those coastal walks and views.

  15. Marilyn Jones July 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    I enjoyed reading your post on La Jolla Beach in San Diego and especially loved your photos — excellent as usual!

    • Noel July 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks Marilyn, I appreciate your comment and La Jolla is a beautiful city to explore, have you been?

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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