About La Jolla
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About La Jolla
La Jolla is a seaside resort community in Southern California, located on seven miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean. It is located within and is a part of San Diego, however La Jolla has its own small-town atmosphere and civic pride. Home to roughly 43,000 residents, La Jolla is marked on three sides by its coastline of beaches and ocean bluffs, and is backed by steep canyons and hillsides ending at Mount Soledad. Located 12 miles north of Downtown San Diego, La Jolla is best known for its fantastic weather year round with an average daily temperature of 70.5 °F (21.4 °C) making this area a tourist hotspot for visitors from around the globe. La Jolla is also well known for its excellent shopping and dining, with upscale boutiques and shops, and restaurants.
La Jolla is home to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), many well known scientific institutions, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, (which includes the Birch Aquarium). The community’s border begins at Pacific Beach to the south and extends north along the Pacific shore to include Torrey Pines State Reserve ending at Del Mar. La Jolla includes neighborhoods like Bird Rock, Windansea Beach, the original village of La Jolla, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Farms, Torrey Pines, and Mount Soledad. The City of San Diego defines La Jolla’s eastern boundary as Gilman Drive, with the exception of some of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
There are many things to do in La Jolla, including a wide variety of art, music and cultural events. The Florence Riford Center offers classes for adults in art, exercise, and language, as well as discussion groups. The area boasts one of the most vibrant artistic communities in the area, and an assortment of galleries. Large community art events are held every year, such as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, La Jolla Gallery Wine Walk & Taste, and La Jolla Art & Wine Festival.
Outdoor activities abound, including swimming, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking. Dolphins are frequently spotted near the shores. Harbor seals and Sea Lions can be found throughout the coastal area, including Children’s Pool. There are many beautiful beaches and parks in La Jolla, including the expansive Torrey Pines State Reserve. See our beaches and parks pages for more information on the many recreational options available.