The most difficult decision to make when planning a vacation to La Jolla is determining what to do with all it has to offer. La Jolla offers an excellent array of fine and trendy restaurants covering a wide range of cuisines, from fine dining restaurants perched atop jagged cliffs to out-of-the-way French Bistros. World famous for its indulgent soft sand beaches and year-round vacation sunshine, guests are awed by La Jolla’s watercolor sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.
Children’s Pool (850 Coast Boulevard) was originally designed as a safe place for children to wade into the ocean; it’s now home to dozens of wild Harbor Seals and their pups. Many consider the seals to be one of the most fun sights in La Jolla because the seals are so up-close and persona.. A cement walkway allows visitors to walk out over the ocean while waves and surf crash around them. The walkway provides a wonderful vantage from which to enjoy the antics of the Harbor Seals basking and playing just a few feet away.
La Jolla Cove is a small sandy beach tucked between sandstone cliffs and sheltered from the ocean’s currents. Known for its extraordinary beauty, the Cove is the most photographed beach in Southern California. At high tides the rocks near the beach trap water; when the tide goes out tide pools are formed, full of interesting critters. Adults and children alike enjoy exploring the sea-life left behind. Check the tide tables in the daily Union Tribune newspaper; the tide pools are best enjoyed at low tide.
Descend down 144 steps into Sunny Jim Sea Cave, the largest of La Jolla Cove’s famous sea caves. You’ll find the stairway through a hole in the floor of “The Cave Store” where you can also see lots of historic photographs of La Jolla and browse through unique souvenirs and turn-of-the-century postcards. A trip to The Cave Store provides a fascinating glimpse into what lies under, as well as over, the rugged and scenic California coastline. You can also enter Sunny Jim and six other ocean-carved caves from the sea by kayak, but Sunny Jim is the only sea cave in California that you can access from a stairway
Mount Soledad is La Jolla’s most prominent landmark, visible from virtually everywhere. The mountaintop is the site of the Mount Soledad cross, the subject of a continuing controversy over the involvement of religion in government. Take Nautilus Street up to the park at the top to enjoy amazing panoramic views. Visitors and locals alike describe the park as peaceful, calm, romantic and breathtaking. At night you can see the fireworks that SeaWorld launches each evening. Dr. Seuss lived on the mountain, his widow Audrey still does.
Torrey Pines Glider Port Park lies within Torrey Pines City Park on 350-foot oceanfront cliffs between La Jolla and Torrey Pines State Reserve. The rugged sandstone bluffs overlook Scripps Pier and San Diego’s scalloped coastline. If you have ever dreamed of soaring like an eagle without powered assistance, you can register for a 30-minute flight lesson, then head out tandem with an experienced instructor for the adventure of a lifetime flying off the cliffs, over the ocean. Those less dare-devilish can simply watch as pilots and their strange crafts leap off the cliffs into the wind and soar away.
Authors Ann Dunham and Terry Hunefeld purchased the Inn At Moonlight Beach in 2008 and transformed it into a romantic bed and breakfast on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the lost in time surf haven beach-town of Encinitas. For more information visit: B&Bs in La Jolla or Beach hotels in La Jolla San Diego.