Your Secret Guide to San Diego's Finest Neighborhood

La Jolla shores sunset [La Jolla, California]
If San Diego is “America’s Finest City,” then you’ll find the La Jolla neighborhood is the epicenter of all things wonderful. It’s here at San Diego’s jewel by the sea where people come for a getaway within a vacation. In this coastal town, weather forecasters are made pointless with a year-round projection of sunshine, natural beauty surrounds and high-end pursuits await. The name of the game is laidback luxury, and all you need to play is a pair of flip-flops and high heels. 

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La Jolla Marine Street Beach [La Jolla, California]
Exploring La Jolla in Flip-Flops 

La Jolla is unsurpassed at the beach. The cliffs are dramatic, sands are soft, coves are secluded and even the seals are happy to see you. Swimmers, snorkelers, sunbathers, scuba divers and surfers alike are welcome to make the most of the gentle surf and warm waters with temperatures in the 70s. 

  • La Jolla Shores is best for those looking for relaxation bathed in sunshine. This mile-long stretch of sand is prime territory for families and those hoping to try their hand at surfing for the first time. La Jolla Bay shields the area, keeping the waters calm. Take advantage of the only beachfront boat launch in San Diego and set sail, coming back at dusk just in time to crowd around the fire pits that set the scene aglow. 
  • La Jolla Cove appeals to those with an adventurous spirit. Snorkelers, kayakers and divers flock here for the protected waters where bright orange Garibaldi fish, yellowtail, stingrays and even leopard sharks swim alongside. It’s the population of sea lions though that’s the real crowd pleaser. The beach is small, but the view is breathtaking. The deep bay curves along the coast with a riddling of sea caves that beg you to explore. 
  • Windansea Beach has fierce waves that draws a crowd of competitive surfers. Those looking for a patch of soft sand to rest in are best to go back to La Jolla Shores, but those with an aptitude for adrenaline can jump in or watch the more skilled surfers from the safety of the surf shack. 
  • Hiking the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is where to go if you want to lace up some boots and take to the trails. The scenic paths lead you to unmatched views of the Pacific Ocean, where you can keep your eyes peeled for whale-watching. If you haven’t had enough of surf and sand yet, take the Beach or Broken Trail that ends at Black’s Beach. 

Peter Lik Gallery [La Jolla, California]
Exploring La Jolla in High Heels 

When low tides and high culture collide, you get a mix of fine arts inspired by the seashore. That means there’ll be more than enough activities for you to take part in once your dust the sand off your feet and slip on a pair of your going out shoes.

  • Prospect Street is La Jolla’s match to Rodeo Drive and doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find a healthy mix of the priceless and popular shopping, the laidback and latest off the runways. For the finest in locally crafted pieces though, head to the Shops on Ivanhoe where nearly everything is a La Jolla one-of-a-kind.
  • La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and their artful plucking of cellos and violins are accompanied by the soothing sounds of crashing waves. They perform a variety of the classics and up-and-coming compositions for something that will suit your musical tastes. Look to the La Jolla Music Society’s calendar to further plan your itinerary. The group hosts musical events year-round. 
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is set against the perfect ocean backdrop in La Jolla. Meander through the collection of 4,000 modern works, with more than one piece from rising stars hidden in the ranks. 

If it is performance art that intrigues you though, head to the La Jolla Playhouse. The venue has premiered 25 shows that have gone on to be Broadway successes. 

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