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La Jolla, California, USA

Scenic view of the La Jolla shoreline towards north [Carol M. Highsmith, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]
Scenic view of the La Jolla shoreline towards north [Carol M. Highsmith, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

La Jolla

With a backdrop of rolling hills, La Jolla sits like a picture – postcard village, nestled among seven miles of curving Southern California coastline.
Its name (pronounced La Hoya) translates to “the jewel” in Spanish and is an appropriate description of this many- faceted little town where legendary sunsets are a daily occurrence.

La Jolla Cove in one of the most spectacular settings in San Diego County attracting divers, snorkelers and swimmers to its jewel-blue waters.

The neighboring Ellen Browning Scripps Park is popular for picnics by the sea, and La Jolla Shores, at the northern end of La Jolla, is a long flat beach ideal for families and surfers.

Culturally inclined visitors appreciate La Jolla’s wealth of fine arts, science, theater and music. The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, on Prospect Street, displays its collection of works created since 1945.

Web: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

Located on the UCSD campus (University of California San Diego (ucsd.edu)) are the Tony Award- winning La Jolla Playhouse and the Stuart Collection, a unique collection of works by leading artists of our time.

Nearby Birch Aquarium at Scripps presents undersea creatures in realistic habitats as well as interactive exhibits. Web: Birch Aquarium at Scripps | Home (ucsd.edu)

The La Jolla Chamber Music Society is San Diego’s premier classical music presenter offering Summer- Fest La Jolla each August. Shoppers delight in exploring La Jolla’s Prospect Street, sometimes called the “Rodeo Drive” of San Diego for its upscale boutiques brimming with designer clothing, jewelry, fine art and antiques.

La Jolla is also one of San Diego’s most desirable dining destinations.
Food aficionados can enjoy sweeping ocean views while feasting on award- winning cuisine prepared by highly- acclaimed chefs. Overnight visitors can choose from a wide variety of accommodations, including bed- and- breakfast inns, European- style boutique hotels, filled with tradition and charm.

Beaches

Read more about Black’s Beach and other Beaches in the area: San Diego, California — Beaches

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