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La Jolla Shores Beach Photos

May 4, 2013 | By | Reply More

La Jolla Shores Beach is a sandy playground for kids and a haven for surfers, kayakers, scuba divers, photographers, joggers and walkers

Every Saturday morning I do a big walk on La Jolla Shores Beach with my friend Ursula.  We talk and laugh and solve the problems of the world – all in just under two hours. However, this week she’s visiting family in Switzerland, so I took a camera along for company.

I’d only gone a short distance when I passed a patch of nasturtiums growing wild by the side of the road.

A wide variety of plants grow in San Diego’s mild climate – some, like these nasturtiums, self seed.

Soon after, I spotted my neighbor biking back from La Jolla Shores Beach with his kids. Snap. Snap.

La Jolla is a great place to raise kids – and to vacation with them.

Further along I passed Hotel La Jolla, which was the focus of a Getaway contest on my Authentic Luxury Travel site earlier this year. The couple who won are staying at the hotel this weekend and, as promised, my husband and I joined them for drinks last night. Hiatus, the hotel’s attractive open-air lounge, is a huge asset to our area.

Hiatus, the lounge at Hotel La Jolla, offers seating in front of a big open fire or around the pool.

I cut down through the La Jolla Shores business and dining area, which includes several kayak rental places, some good restaurants and the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The hotel – home of the Shores Restaurant – and it’s neighbor the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club are the only places to stay in San Diego that are right on the beach.

The Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Shores Hotel has a great view of the beach. On more than one occasion I’ve watched dolphins surfing in the waves during lunch.

As I reached the sand, I bumped into the winners coming back from a beach walk. It was a perfectly glorious day and they were having a great time. After last night’s drinks, my husband and I went home to leftovers, but they had dinner in Cusp on the hotel’s 11th floor and raved about how good it was.

Cusp, on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla, serves a great view as well as Chef Donald Lockhart’s delicious meals.

The winners of the La Jolla Getaway at La Jolla Shores Beach.

La Jolla Shores Beach was busy as usual with kayakers, scuba divers, walkers, runners, surfers, and sand castle builders.

I especially enjoy La Jolla Shores Beach when the tide is out, as it was this morning.

I feel very lucky to live in this area and love sharing it with visitors. If you come, I’ll be happy to help plan your trip.

There’s no shortage of shops offering kayak rentals and surf lessons in the La Jolla Shores business district.


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Category: Beaches, Hotels

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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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