Surrounded on three sides by ocean bluffs and beaches La Jolla is one of Southern California's premier destinations. A casual stroll through downtown La Jolla will take visitors past the many jewelry stores, boutiques, upmarket restaurants and hotels, for which the city is famous for. La Jolla is also the location of the famous Torrey Pines Golf ... Read more
Course which holds annual PGA events. Another must see is the Museum of Contemporary Art. Founded in 1941, it is located just above the waterfront in what was originally the 1915 residence of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps.

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Buffalo, New York State, USA

I went to La Jolla for the sea lions and stayed to try carne asada fries, snorkel with leopard sharks and kayak into the sea caves. I’ve never seen so many sea lions in one place in my life!

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West Covina

Love coming to la jolla, the beach is nice and lots of good food and sea lions hanging out is cool!

New Braunfels, Texas, USA

Sunny Sandy Eggo!! The coolest atmosphere Ive ever been in. I will definitely make my way back here very soon. ☀️

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Los Angeles, California, USA

a must visit when you are here, the seals are so adorable. There were many pups lying around with their mama. It was adorables. Many of them were being fed by their mom. It's amazing seeing them finding their mom and just lay there.

The seals are wild, so i would not suggest to try touching them. It's best not to since they got their pups around. Who knows what they can do to the human. You do get to have a close up look at them and take pictures with them.

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Local from San Diego

Beautiful setting and the ocean breeze really put me in a very peaceful mood....

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Tigard, Oregon

Those who live beaches and sun, if being out brings the best out of them, in a very affordable budget, family and students, foodies, and adventurous souls can come along to the liveliest place in San Diego! La Jolla!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

La Jolla is a place with a unique natural beauty worth visiting. Composed of cliffs, rocks and beautiful beaches with fairly abundant fauna. The site manages to combine a quiet family atmosphere with a dining scene and very busy trade. Don't forget to see the seals!

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The beach, the cliffs and the wild life were so beautiful to watch and take in.

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Local from Del Mar, California

Lots to see and do here!
Visit Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove (go kayaking here) Torrey Pines golf courses, San Diego Contemporary Art Museum, cute boutiques, and a variety of restaurants.

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San Luis Obispo, California, USA

La Jolla is one of the more expensive beach towns. The beach can get crowded during the summer season that will make parking really difficult. There is also a lot of delicious restaurants and small boutiques. Watch out for meter or limited time parking, or else you can get a ticket. They are very proactive about that here.

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