Guide to Visiting La Jolla

Start here when planning your La Jolla itinerary

So, you’re coming to La Jolla for vacation. Maybe you’re even thinking about moving here. This page will link out to pretty much everything we know and love in our seaside town including best restaurants, things to do and hotels to consider.

About La Jolla

La Jolla is a seaside community that occupies about seven miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and is one of the best family vacation spots in San Diego. We’re about 12 miles north of downtown San Diego and about 40 miles south of Orange County. According to Wikipedia, the average daily temperature is 70.5° F (21.4° C).

La Jolla is well known for beautiful beaches, upscale shopping and San Diego’s best restaurants. I love being a parent here because we can be outside more or less year-round with major attractions like Legoland and the San Diego Zoo all within close proximity.

This is important —> La Jolla is pronounced la-HOY-ah.

See also: What and Where Is La Jolla, California

Best Hotels in La Jolla

Where you stay depends on whether or not you need to have certain things like the beach or a variety of restaurants within walking distance. Look at where each place is located on the map below.

Luxury Hotels

Boutique or Beachfront Hotels

Value Hotels

  • Best Western
  • La Jolla Inn

Pet-Friendly La Jolla Hotels

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Popular La Jolla Attractions

See also: 10 Best Places to Take Photos in La Jolla

See also: FREE Things to Do in La Jolla and Fun Things to Do Around La Jolla with Dogs

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La Jolla Restaurants

To be honest, all La Jolla restaurants are family-friendly. Which you choose depends on if you’d prefer fine dining or something more casual though the two concepts tend to blend together here.

The Best Restaurants

  • George’s California Modern
  • The Marine Room
  • Eddie V’s
  • Whisknladle
  • Catania
  • Herringbone
  • NINE-TEN

Casual Dining

  • Beaumont’s
  • Brockton Villa
  • PrepKitchen
  • Piatti
  • CUSP Dining and Drinks
  • Sugar and Scribe
  • Duke’s
  • El Pescador
  • Sushi on the Rock

To-Go and Fast-Casual

  • Taco Stand (best Mexican, in my opinion)
  • Bahia Don Bravo
  • Puesto
  • Trilogy Sanctuary Cafe
  • Pizza on Pearl

La Jolla Breakfast Restaurants

  • Brockton Villa
  • The Cottage
  • Harry’s
  • Coffee Cup
  • Cody’s

Artisan Coffee Shops

  • Pannikin
  • Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
  • Living Room

La Jolla Nightlife

If you’re looking for night clubs and late-night dancing, high-energy nightlife does not exist in La Jolla. What is available includes nice wine, creative cocktails and plenty of places to hang out late with friends under the stars or indoors.

  • Eddie V’s
  • George’s Bar
  • The Spot
  • The Comedy Store
  • La Jolla Brewing Company

Other La Jolla Entertainment

  • The LOT: Our only movie theater has a fantastic restaurant and bar inside as well as service at your seats during a movie.
  • Segway Tours
  • Electric Bike Tours
  • Surf Diva: Highly recommend for surfing or stand-up paddle board lessons

It is wise to book a rental car if visiting La Jolla in order to get around.

Learn where to stay, the best things to do, where to eat and more for your La Jolla vacation.