1 Day Itinerary for Visiting La Jolla

Photo Credit: gettingmoneywise.comWith its golden beaches, rich variety of attractions and stunning waterfront scenery, La Jolla is one of the premier communities to visit in San Diego. Its wealth of local attractions and acclaimed beaches offer plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages and interests. Those with just one day will be hard pressed to see everything there is in this beautiful seaside community, but the right itinerary will help you get around the neighborhood efficiently and visit its top-notch attractions and destinations.

If you’re staying at one of the top hotels in La Jolla, skip the rental car as many attractions in La Jolla are in walking distance of each other, especially around the scenic La Jolla Cove. Major streets like the La Jolla Parkway and Mission Boulevard make reaching and navigating the community fairly simple while public bus services are also readily available.
Start your La Jolla adventure bright and early at the resplendent La Jolla Cove along the Pacific Ocean waterfront. From there, head over to the Cave Store and take a brief tour of a beautiful seaside cavern open to the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, explore the acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla, one of the most renowned contemporary art museums in the region. Once you’ve had your cultural fill, sit down for a leisurely lunch at one of the area’s top cafes, restaurants or bistros scattered about.

Some nearby cafes and restaurants La Jolla visitors and residents always enjoy visiting for lunch include but definitely aren’t limited to:

  • Amici’s East Cost Pizzeria
  • Mediterranean Room
  • Museum Café by Giuseppe
  • Goldfish Point Café
  • Puesto Mexican Street Food

After enjoying a wonderful meal, a great place to spend part of the afternoon is the Birch Aquarium, an award-winning aquarium that consistently ranks among the best on the West Coast. The Birch Aquarium offers a wealth of sea life to discover, including sharks, exotic fish and a living coral reef and is something that individuals of all ages can enjoy.

After exploring the aquarium, head over to one of La Jolla’s famed beaches for some rest and leisure. Windansea Beach is known for its vast expanses of golden sand and exceptional surfing while the gentle waters of La Jolla Shores is renowned for its picturesque scenery, excellent fishing and swimming and spectacular views all around. Finally, end your day at either the Scripps Pier or the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunset over the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Sticking to the right itinerary is the best way to see all of the area’s spectacular offerings in just one day! Is there something that we missed? If we didn’t mention your favorite La Jolla destination, let us know by commenting below!

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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