La Jolla is home to some of the best outdoor activities in San Diego. Between the beaches and perfect weather (which we can enjoy even in February!), visitors and La Jolla residents can do virtually any water activity, land activity, or air activities year round – everything from scuba diving below the deep blue sea to gliding high above it. There’s something for every type of adventurer!
1. La Jolla Kayak Tours Whether you’re a seasoned professional and just need a rental or you’re looking for a fully guided tour, taking a La Jolla kayak tour through the seven caves is a guaranteed adventure. Kayaking in La Jolla offers gorgeous scenery combined with spectacular marine life that will give your eyes plenty to feast on during your time out on the water. A local company will take groups out on guided tours or you can choose to go solo and rent a kayak from them directly.
2. Hang Gliding at Torrey Pines Gliderport The famous paragliding and hang gliding cliffs overlook Blacks Beach, 340 feet above. You can brave the cliff-side and learn to fly solo or join a professional and head out tandem hang gliding or paragliding La Jolla. The Torrey Pines Gliderport is a must-do activity for the adventurous visitor who loves gorgeous ocean views.
3. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling If you want to take your sea life experience up a notch, head underwater for a close-up look at what lies beneath by snorkeling or scuba diving. The most popular tour is snorkeling with leopard sharks just a few yards off shore at La Jolla Cove or La Jolla Shores. The sharks are harmless and during the months of June to September thousands of leopards sharks swim into La Jolla Cove for their mating season.
Several PADI dive centers are also available to take you out on your first dive or let you join them out scuba diving around La Jolla’s Ecological Reserve and Underwater Park. The fish are protected in the area and they show that they know it by playing all year around in the eco-reserve.
4. The Children’s Pool: For those feeling a bit less adventurous, The Children’s Pool was once a safe and calm manmade pool where kids could splash around but our friendly neighbors moved in and took their place. The pool is now the home of dozens of harbor seals and their pups. Kids aren’t too upset about it though because they love watching the seals from 30 feet away. There is a short cement walkway surrounding the pool that visitors can walk out on to get an up close and personal view.
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5. Surfing: Usually the first thing that comes to someone’s mind when they hear “San Diego” is surfing. And surfing in La Jolla is particularly special given the community of La Jolla is home to some of California’s most popular surf spots including Windansea Beach and Blacks Beach. If you already have a feel for the sport then head out into the lineup and catch one of the famous waves. But, if you want to try your luck at surfing for the first time then be sure to stop by one of the local surf shops and arrange for surfing lessons.
6. Explore the La Jolla Sea Caves: Water sports are not for everyone but that does not mean you can’t get a glimpse of the famous La Jolla Cove from land. The cove is home to seven caves. Only one, Sunny Jim, is accessible by land. There is an underground tunnel leading down to the cave that was dug out by hand in the 1920’s, and later steps were built to make it easier for visitors. What used to be a slave trading and booze smuggling entrance is now a tourist landmark in San Diego!
7. Biking Tours One of the benefits of living in San Diego with its practically perfect weather year around is that you can enjoy the endless outdoor biking trails and paths as often as you’d like. So don’t miss out on an opportunity to take in the spectacular views from Mt. Soledad and then ride down the hill to the La Jolla Shores. If you are looking for more of a challenge, jump on board one of the longer bike routes and take in numerous San Diego sights in one day.
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