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Your Small-Town Guide to La Jolla—San Diego’s Jewel by the Sea

From Boutique Shops and Charming Restaurants to Golf Courses and Comedy Clubs, La Jolla Truly Has It All

Beyond the prime real estate and top-ranked educational institutions like UCSD and Scripps Research Institute, there’s a lot to explore on a day trip to La Jolla. Flanked on both ends by breathtaking ocean bluffs and popular beaches, this seven-mile stretch of curvy coastline boasts world-renowned golf courses, an understated entertainment scene, boutique shopping and mouthwatering cuisine. With hidden gems to be found on every corner, it’s no surprise that La Jolla’s nickname is “Jewel City.”  La Jolla Itinerary

 

10:00 a.m.

Brunch at Cody’s La Jolla

Photography By: Kambria Fischer

A brunch fixture in La Jolla Cove, Cody’s relocated to a second-floor unit on nearby Prospect St where the view of the Pacific Ocean is even more spectacular. Combine this new waterfront location with the locals’ favorite menu item (Awesome French Toast), and brunch couldn’t get any sweeter.

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11:00 a.m.

Shopping at Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique

There’s odds and ends for anyone and every occasion in this colorful shop. An eclectic curation of books, accessories, stationery, candles and more are waiting to be discovered.

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Noon

Light Lunch at Galaxy Taco

For an out-of-this-world taco experience, look no further than Galaxy Taco, where the mushroom taco and the grilled avocado taco are unique menu items you can’t get anywhere else. Pro tip: you’ll definitely want to inquire about the $7 taco special!

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1:30 p.m.

Stroll Through the La Jolla Caves

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The seven sea caves within La Jolla Cove were used to smuggle in booze during the Prohibition era. The best way to see them is by kayak, but if you’re pressed for time, the Cave Store has an accessible footpath into the second-largest cave, Sunny Jim, for a nominal fee. 

 

3:00 p.m.

Grab a Cup o’ Joe at Parakeet Café

Photography By: Haley Hill

Their selection of “Elixir Lattes” like Moon Milk, Magic Mushroom Matcha and Immortality Latte are made with superfood ingredients for a pick-me-up you can feel good about. Take a break to enjoy organic food, housemade pastries and Parakeet-exclusive local roasts in this lush and adorably pink café.

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3:30 p.m.

Play a Round at Torrey Pines Golf Course

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This legendary premier municipal golf course is a must-see even if you’re not a fan of golf! Tee up while overlooking the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean on two exciting and challenging courses that are nestled atop the coastal cliffs.

 

5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a Sunset Dinner at Mustangs & Burros

As the sun starts to set, head over to Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa for a delicious meal featuring regional cuisine. This hacienda-styled eatery is known for its cozy and spacious patio and assortment of Baja-inspired bites with a Southern California twist. Order the warm queso fundido to start, then dig into mains like the duck carnitas tacos or crispy skin salmon.

7:00 p.m.

See a Show at The Comedy Store

Hailing from the legendary Los Angeles club of the same name, the La Jolla location kicked off in August 1977 with David Letterman doling out the inaugural laughs. Local San Diego comics dominate shows during the week, and they share the stage with LA-based comics every weekend.

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9:00 p.m.

Stay the Night at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

For a cozy night by the sea, check into Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa—San Diego’s 10-acre hacienda-style property. With its lush grounds, full-service spa and saltwater pool and jacuzzi, there’s no better place to wind down next to the ocean. Estancia La Jolla is also completely pet-friendly, offering dog-walking and sitting services, comfy in-room dog beds and locally made peanut butter treats.

 

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