In addition to dispensing La Jolla travel information via this blog, I also answer questions on TripAdvisor’s La Jolla Forum. It’s recently become apparent on this site that many visitors aren’t aware that what we locals call “the village” is not the same place as “the Shores.” La Jolla Shores vs. “the Village”….
The village (think Prospect Street and Girard Avenue) is great for shopping and dining, but (about a mile away) the Shores is THE PLACE for wiggling your toes in the sand, surfing, and kayaking. In addition, Avenida de La Playa – the main street in the Shores – is home to some of La Jolla’s best restaurants.
Admittedly, The Cove is great for snorkeling, but La Jolla Shores Beach is the best overall for families. Surf Diva (858-454-8273) offers surf lessons for females of all ages, and Menehune specializes in teaching kids to hang ten. Kayak rentals are available at La Jolla Kayak (2199 Avenida de La Playa, 858-459-1114).
Most folks seem to know that The La Jolla Shores Hotel is right on the beach. In addition, you might consider staying at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. It’s right next door and offers free parking, as well as a private, less crowded beach.
The “B&T” is primarily a private club, but savvy visitors can take advantage of the resort’s wide variety of accommodations, including two-bedroom, two-bath units.
I live about a mile from La Jolla Shores Beach and walk along this beautiful stretch of sand several times a week year around.
I also dine in the Shores regularly. My favorite place is Osteria Romantica (2151 Avenida de la Playa, Tel 858-551-1221).
Book early for dinner during the summer. It’s easier to get a table at lunch because all the nearby parking is consumed by beach-goers. Osteria Romantica’s food is great, and I love the waiters – imported directly from Italy.
Fabio and his staff will make you feel like familia. .