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Things to do in La Jolla Shores, 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.
Aquarium
“A small aquarium with lots of sea life. There is also a nice cafe and gift shop. Great for kids!”
  • 112 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
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
Park
“Popular beach area. Visit the sea caves. Take a Kayak tour, surf lessons , snorkeling and diving lessons. Walk up the beach or hill to see Scripps institute of Oceanography. I recommend going to Carolines café for breakfast or lunch over the pier next to Scripps institute.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Our favorite Italian restaurant in beautiful La Jolla, only a 20 min drive north. Amazing food and beautiful place. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Café
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“Located on the campus of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, this seaside cafe has good food and stunning views.”
  • 36 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Outstanding view of the waves. Fine dining right on the beach. The Bar Lounge is also a choice if you do not with to $$$$ dine. Famous chef... Reservations required”
  • 36 locals recommend
Beach
“Sight See from the ocean to the shores, while Kayaking the shores of La Jolla. Good for all ages, a few hours of fun, but a life time of memories. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Take the Kayaks out to get a great view from the ocean of this beautiful coastline, go into the sea caves and get some good history from a guide. Easy, but some get a little sea sick so I advice lemon or Dramamine prior. Also, book ahead since it is very popular.”
  • 23 locals recommend
University
“World renknown aquarium. La Jolla its self a SD icon. Point Loma light house ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“See more than 5000 fish in 60+ aquarium habitats plus exhibits showing cutting-edge research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Board Shop
“This local La Jolla business is run by my friends Izzy and Coco. They will teach you to surf! They have everything you need to learn to surf and if you already know whats up they can rent boards and wetsuits to get you in the water. They are located in La Jolla Shores which is a perfect beginners beach. I send all my guests who want to surf to Surf Diva!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Fast sandwich shop; great selection. you can call ahead and pick up your sandwich/ chips/ drinks to avoid the long line out the door at lunch. mmm mmm good”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Cozy, easygoing Italian eatery featuring a rustic vibe, traditional fare & food-friendly wines.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“You need to try the wood grilled trout. That is what introduced me to this place. I added a picture of the dish.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“I would recommend stopping by Shorehouse Kitchen for the best brunch and coffee in San Diego. Also located in the heart of La Jolla Shores so you can grab some ice cream and walk along the very scenic beach.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Our favorite Italian restaurant in beautiful La Jolla, only a 20 min drive north. Amazing food and beautiful place. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Café
“Located on the campus of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, this seaside cafe has good food and stunning views.”
  • 36 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Outstanding view of the waves. Fine dining right on the beach. The Bar Lounge is also a choice if you do not with to $$$$ dine. Famous chef... Reservations required”
  • 36 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Fast sandwich shop; great selection. you can call ahead and pick up your sandwich/ chips/ drinks to avoid the long line out the door at lunch. mmm mmm good”
  • 10 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“I would recommend stopping by Shorehouse Kitchen for the best brunch and coffee in San Diego. Also located in the heart of La Jolla Shores so you can grab some ice cream and walk along the very scenic beach.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cozy, easygoing Italian eatery featuring a rustic vibe, traditional fare & food-friendly wines.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Taco Place
“You need to try the wood grilled trout. That is what introduced me to this place. I added a picture of the dish.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Brioche French toast for breakfast, grilled veggie panini for lunch, chopped salad and the pasta special for dinner- we could eat here all day. Daily seasonal specials keep things fresh and new. Try a mixed berry mojito to get in vacation mode or indulge in the pasta al forno for a taste of heaven. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

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