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Unique Things To Do In La Jolla

April 20, 2011 | By | Reply More

The Geisel Library at UCSD, La Jolla, California

Our part of San Diego is known for great beaches, restaurants, and shopping.

In addition, here are my Top Ten Favorite Only-in-La Jolla Activities:

1. Take a surf lesson. Surf Diva in La Jolla Shores is the world’s #1 surf school for women – and they also offer co-ed surf camps for would-be surfers ages 5-17. Established in 1996 by twin sisters Izzy and Coco Tihanyi, Surf Diva also has a beachy clothing boutique on Avenida de la Playa.

2. Go hiking in Torrey Pines State Reserve. Of the eight short trails, my favorite is the Beach Trail: walk uphill to the park headquarters and then follow the trail down to the beach.

3. Savor UC San Diego’s award winning architecture. The gorgeous Geisel Library is named for Dr. Seuss – a long-time La Jolla resident. Do a self-guided tour at any time.

4. Do a tandem Paraglide or hang glide at Torrey Pines Gliderport. You could also just go and watch others jump off the sandstone cliffs and glide gracefully over the ocean.

5. Hit a bucket of ballsat Torrey Pines Golf Course – the site of the 2008 U. S. Open and the annual Farmers Insurance Open. It’s challenging to get a tee time on the two championship courses, but anyone can practice their swing. If you want to play the course, San Diego Golf Reservations can help.

6. Check out the seals at The Children’s Pool and the sea lions at The La Jolla Cove. They’re cute and controversial.

7. Snorkel in the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park. Look for Garabaldi, our state fish, and giant sea bass. The more than 6,000-acre reserve stretches from south of The La Jolla Cove to north of Torrey Pines State Reserve.

8. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour along the coast. This is my favorite because it offers great ocean views.

9. Browse the La Jolla Open Aire Marketon Sundays from 9am to 1pm. Known to locals as “the Farmer’s market,” this is a great spot to shop for picnic ingredients and gifts – and have lunch.

10. Watch the grunion run. You can go on your own or join a group from Birch Aquarium.

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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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