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La Jolla – Where to stay and other FAQs

July 30, 2010 | By | Reply More

Where to stay in La Jolla? Which is the best beach? Are there any cheap things to do? What is there to do after dark? Our neighborhood of San Diego offers some wonderful options. Read on:

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.

Please post your questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them ASAP.

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Category: Beaches, Deals and free activities, Hotels

About the Author ()

I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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