Your small town guide to La Jolla, San Diego’s seaside gem

Beyond top-notch real estate and top-ranked educational institutions like UCSD and the Scripps Research Institute, there’s plenty to explore on a day trip to La Jolla. Flanked at both ends by breathtaking ocean cliffs and popular beaches, this seven-mile stretch of winding coastline boasts world-class golf courses, a low-key entertainment scene, shopping, and mouthwatering cuisine. With treasures hidden around every corner, it’s no surprise that La Jolla’s nickname is “Jewel City”. Itinerary La Jolla

10:00 am

Brunch at La Jolla de Cody

Photography by: Kambria Fischer

Brunching at La Jolla Cove, Cody’s has moved to a second-floor unit on nearby Prospect St, where the view of the Pacific Ocean is even more spectacular. Combine this new waterfront location with the locals favorite menu item (Awesome French Toast), and the brunch couldn’t be sweeter.

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Shopping at Hi darling gift shop

There are bric-a-brac for everyone and for all occasions in this colorful boutique. An eclectic selection of books, accessories, stationery, candles and more are to be discovered.


Light lunch at Taco Galaxy

For an out of the ordinary taco experience, look no further than Galaxy Taco, where the mushroom taco and grilled avocado taco are unique menu items you can’t find anywhere else. Pro tip: You’ll definitely want to find out about the $ 7 taco special!

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1:30 p.m.

Stroll through the La Jolla caves

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The seven sea caves at La Jolla Cove were used for smuggling alcohol during the Prohibition era. The best way to see them is by kayak, but if you’re pressed for time the Cave Store has an accessible trail into the second largest cave, Sunny Jim, for a small fee.


Take a cup of joe at Cafe Perruche

Photograph by: Haley Hill

Their selection of “Elixir Lattes” like Moon Milk, Magic Mushroom Matcha and Immortality Latte are made with superfood ingredients for a pick-me-up that you can feel good about. Take a break from tasting organic foods, homemade pastries and exclusive local parakeet roasts at this lush and adorably pink cafe.

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3:30 p.m.

Take a turn at Torrey Pines Golf Course

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This legendary leading municipal golf course is a must see even if you are not a golf fan! Set off while overlooking the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean on two exciting and challenging courses nestled atop coastal cliffs.

5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a sunset dinner at Mustangs & Burros

As the sun begins to set, head towards Mustangs & Burros at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa for a delicious meal of regional cuisine. This hacienda-style restaurant is known for its comfortable and spacious patio and assortment of Baja-inspired bites with a Southern California twist. Order the hot queso fundido to start, then dip into main dishes like the duck carnitas tacos or the crispy-skinned salmon.

7:00 p.m.

See a show at The comedy store

Hailing from the legendary Los Angeles club of the same name, the La Jolla location debuted in August 1977 with David Letterman handing out the inaugural laughs. Local San Diego comics dominate the shows during the week and share the stage with LA-based comics every weekend.

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9:00 p.m.

Spend the night at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

For a cozy night by the sea, settle in Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa—10 acre hacienda style property in San Diego. With its lush gardens, full-service spa, saltwater pool and jacuzzi, there’s no better place to relax by the ocean. Estancia La Jolla is also pet-friendly and offers dog walking and sitting services, comfortable in-room dog beds, and locally made peanut butter treats.

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