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#1. Chill Out in La Jolla
Things to Do in San Diego

Watching the Waves in La Jolla

©2006 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.
In Spanish, La Jolla means "the jewel," an apt name for a pretty, Mediterranean-style seaside town - sitting on cliffs flanking the ocean.

La Jolla visitors like to shop and eat in the nice restaurants, some of them with lovely ocean views. There's a lot for the active visitor, too, including ocean kayaking, tide pool-hopping, surfing at Windansea Beach, biking or running along the waterfront.

If there's a show on, don't miss the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse - in the past 20 years, they've launched no less than nine plays to Broadway (including Jersey Boys, I Am My Own Wife and Memphis), with six of them winning Tony Awards and one garnering a Pulitzer Prize.

La Jolla is a 20-minute drive north of downtown San Diego, best reached by automobile.

Pros and Cons

Our favorite thing to do in La Jolla is just take a walk. Sometimes that's along the cliffs, overlooking the water and then down to the tide pools. Other days it's more of a window-shopping/people-watching stroll through town.

On the downside, parking can be aggravatingly hard to find on a busy day - and those shops whose windows we like to look through are more than pricey.

More About La Jolla

If you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Visiting La Jolla. It will tell you what you shouldn't miss, tip you off to more great things to do, where to eat and where to stay.

Take a photo walking tour of La Jolla to see what it's like.

See where it is on a map.

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