Q – Which hotels are located right on the beach?
A – Only the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and the La Jolla Shores Hotel are right on the sand. However, others – including La Valencia and B&B On the Sea – have rooms with ocean views. Before you decide where to stay look at La Jolla Lodging By Location.
Q – Which is the best beach?
A – La Jolla Shores Beach. It’s safe for the whole family (picture above) and very good for surfing, boogie boarding, diving, kayaking, walking, and making sand castles. There’s even a great playground for little kids. Surf Diva, located in The Shores, is the world’s “number one” surf school for women. Menehune specializes in teaching children of all ages. Also see In Search of the Best Beach.
Q – Are there any cheap things to do in La Jolla?
A – Free things include: walking in Torrey Pines State Park (amazing views, short trails), watching hang gliders and paragliders at the Gliderport (more amazing views and fun to watch), browsing around the farmers’ market on Girard Avenue from 9am to 1pm every Sunday, watching the seals at the Children’s Pool, and snorkeling at The Cove (bring frozen peas to attract the fish).
Q – What is there do at night in La Jolla?
A – Clay’s on the top floor of Hotel La Jolla at the Shores offers live jazz. During the summer Birch Aquarium presents the Green Flash Concert Series. La Jolla Playhouse on the edge of the UCSD campus is an award-wining theatre. The Marine Room, right on La Jolla Shores Beach, is a great spot to have a nightcap and watch the waves roll up through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Other popular watering holes include Whisknladle, where mixologist Ian Ward infuses drinks with flavors of – among others – lavender, cinnamon, and cilantro. Prospect Bar & Grill is another hot spot. Located at the top of the escalator above Prospect Street, this is the place for live music and dancing.
And my personal favorite after-dark activity? Walking barefoot on the beach.
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