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Things to do in La Jolla, San Diego

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Lots of good hiking with breathtaking views from cliffs over Del Mar/La Jolla. May not allow dogs in certain areas. Check State Parks site for rules. ”
  • 522 locals recommend
Beach
“La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers. There is also seals and sea lions everywhere! If you want to make the most out of this experience contact me and you can enjoy an amazing tour from a locals eyes.”
  • 391 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“La Jolla is a great place to visit as its coastline offers fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean. There are many beaches to body surf and sunbathe. The village of La Jolla is picturesque with its Spanish colonial architecture plus it is a great place to walk enjoying the many shops and eateries. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Aquarium
“A small aquarium with lots of sea life. There is also a nice cafe and gift shop. Great for kids!”
  • 112 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If u want to see a View of the Pacific Ocean this is a great spot to check out”
  • 116 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“OCEAN TERRACE - Grab a seat at George's Ocean Terrace and catch an unforgettable sunset over the Pacific. Solid cocktails and a fresh menu work very well together.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Co-Working Space
“free fun. go see the cliffs and have a short hike. beautiful views. great for picnicking.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Go tantum with a professional hang glider, up and down the La Jolla coastline. Its easy and memorable.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Beach
“Famous reefbreak firmly entrenched in the annals of surfing history. Powerful, thick peak with a long, tapering right and a shorter, hollower left. Either can hold sizeable swells. Best with summer SW swells and any tide; usually bigger than other spots around. Gets very crowded and has a competitive atmosphere Accessed from the end of Vista de la Playa and from Vista de la Playa at Fern Glen, and by stairways along Neptune Place, south of Fern Glen.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Magical place to play golf! Located right on the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean, this is a State Course, so although looks 10 star, it has relatively low fees. The hotel is fantastic, with a lounge great to visit on a cool day, with a old fashion fireplace, and delicious restaurant. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful Beach if you don’t mind the drive! For the more adventurous visitors, great location to explore and find caves.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Beach
“Lots of parking (paid) with great access to beach and rock pools (at low tide)”
  • 60 locals recommend
Park
“Sweet playground in Kellogg Park, right next to the FAMILY FAVORITE La Jolla Shores Beach. Public bathrooms with outdoor showers and a free parking lot are right there. But beware - parking spots fill up early!”
  • 84 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Just a 5 minute bike ride from my beach bungalow is some of the best award winning coffee you'll find in town. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful park that has an outstanding view of our bay, downtown San Diego and more.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful view and trail of the ocean and cliffs. Visit the Children's pool to see the seals.”
  • 66 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“OCEAN TERRACE - Grab a seat at George's Ocean Terrace and catch an unforgettable sunset over the Pacific. Solid cocktails and a fresh menu work very well together.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“If smoked fish tacos are your thing, THIS IS THE PLACE! So yummy and still reasonably priced. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Man, this has to be my favorite. It is RIDICULOUSLY good. They have everything you could ever want... from man candy bacon, to stuffed french toast. Ask about the latte of the day or get a mimosa flight with an antioxidant juice to pair. (Acai is my go-to). The potatoes are food-coma worthy. My Favorite: -The Tuscan Eggs Benedict with a side of bacon and avocado -Coconut Latte -Buttermilk pancakes ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Grab a drink on the top floor patio. Enjoy live music and ocean views which make for a memorable experience. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Delicious food, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Chill vibe and lovely ambiance. The staff are amazing!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Known among locals for their creative drinks especially bold twists on old favorites, Herringbone brings the outdoors indoors with an atmosphere just as noteworthy as the food. I would describe the menu as Mediterranean favorites combined with seafood classics including even a whole-fish branzino. Highly recommend sitting in the dining area in front of the bar where trees are coming through the floor! Come just for drinks, some great sharing plates or enjoy some of the best seafood in La Jolla. Live Music Thursdays & Fridays 5-7pm and $1 Oyster Hour Tue-Sun 4-6pm and Mondays 4pm-close. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Local fresh fish daily! I recommend going for lunch where the dinner options are given at a much cheaper cost. You can also grab a table on their patio when its a nice warm day out. My favorites: Crab cakes and clam chowder”
  • 45 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“You can't go wrong with this classic breakfast spot. Wait times can be quite long so we recommend getting on a waitlist through Yelp.”
  • 41 locals recommend

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