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La Jolla

A hilly, seaside neighborhood surrounded by ocean bluffs and beaches.

Welcome to La Jolla

La Jolla is part of the city of San Diego, California, and has a coastline of 7 mile-beach starts at Pacific Beach on the south and ends at the Del Mar border on the north side. Pronounced as La-HOY-a, this place is a hilly, seaside neighborhood surrounded by ocean bluffs and beaches. There are many theories about where its name comes from. Many believe that the Spanish phrase "La Joya," which means "The Jewel," is the origin. With a place surrounded by sparkling blue oceans, it is truly a gem. Another theory stems from the Kumeyaay indigenous people who inhabited long before the Spanish settlers. They called the area "mat kulaaxuuy," meaning land of holes. It is possible that the holes they were referring to were the sea caves in the north.

Why love La Jolla?

  • Safe Neighborhood
  • Beach/Outdoor Activities
  • Shopping at Downtown
  • Excellent performing schools
  • Stunning ocean views

Local Lifestyle

La Jolla is among the top favorite beach destinations in the world. It has various establishments, from accommodations like luxurious hotels to casual beach houses, bars, coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, and boutiques to offer residents and tourists, given that it has a dense suburban feel. It is definitely an exciting and fun place to live and explore through its engaging outdoor activities anyone can enjoy any time of the day. It has a mild Mediterranean climate, which is quite warm throughout the year. It is clear and arid during summer, while cool and partly cloudy during winter.
Being a seaside community, La Jolla, California, never disappoints by giving something to everyone. It is voted one of the best neighborhoods to live in San Diego for students, families, and retirees. The locals usually call Downtown La Jolla The Village, where national brands like Lulemon and Ralph Lauren, as well as independent shops in the area. The upscale area adds charm to the overall vibes of the place.

Things to Do

There are plenty of things to do in La Jolla, thanks to the unique mix of beautiful sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. Experience walking by La Jolla Cove Beach on a sunny morning or enjoy the view from the boardwalk. Explore one of San Diego's most scenic shorelines by joining La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tours to see the sights of kelp forests and the marine life California has to offer.

Other famous beaches and coastal access points you can visit include La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Black's Beach, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Boomers Beach, Shell Beach, Children's pool beach, Wipeout Beach, Windansea Beach, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve and more. But there's more to discover in La Jolla besides the beautiful beaches, tide pools, surf schools, snorkeling, and other beach activities.

Play golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course, which offers spectacular views of the coastlines being the nation's foremost municipal golf course. Visit Birch Aquarium at the Scripps in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood, and dive into the sea life of incredible aquatic creatures. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego County has researchers who pursue biological studies to understand and search for solutions to environmental problems and save the planet.
Another way to explore La Jolla without getting feet wet is by visiting Salk Institute if anyone is into architecture. For someone passionate about geography, the Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla is the perfect place, while for someone who loves theatre, La Jolla Playhouse is one of the most prominent theatres in the country.

Stroll around Ellen Browning Scripps Park. It offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean while wandering in the coast boulevard just above the La Jolla Cove. The 3.8-acre park is situated thirteen miles northwest of downtown San Diego and has a lawn cascading or sloping downwards into the cliff. It is an access point to three separate beaches through descending stairs and ramps.


Elementary Schools
  • Bird Rock Elementary School
  • La Jolla Elementary School
  • Torrey Pines Elementary School
  • La Jolla Country Day School
  • The Evans School
Middle Schools
  • Preuss School UCSD
  • Muirlands Middle School
  • The Children's School
High School
  • La Jolla High School


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