Inn-Sider’s Guide: La Jolla
La Jolla…known as the jewel of San Diego. It is popular for its collection of trendy designer boutiques and popular restaurant rows on Prospect and Gerard Blvds., but also for its many beautiful beaches and the Torrey Pines State Park. The University of California, San Diego with its beautiful architecture is also located in La Jolla and it’s a great place to walk around (or ride your bikes) on a sunny Sunday.
Kayak to and explore the La Jolla Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve, it is great for beginners to the more advanced, also a perfect place for young kids. Marine life can be seen from on top of the kayaks. There are several kayak rental places nearby. A popular one is the San Diego Bike & Kayak Tours.
For true nature lovers, you must visit the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, among the large variety of animals (birds, mammals, reptiles) and the magnificent ocean views, you’ll also find the Torrey Pine, the most restricted and rarest pine in North America. This is a great place to hike and explore. Be sure to visit the museum and Visitor Center before starting your exploration.
For wonderful views of the coast and to watch an amazing sunset, visit the La Jolla Coves, located between Agenda De La Ribera & Calle De La Plata. It is best to go in the summertime, just be prepared for the crowds as it is very popular. Take comfortable walking shoes and your bathing suit if you plan to soak in the rays.
The tide pools are great to visit, especially with kids. Bring in some frozen corn and sprinkle it around the submerged rocks to bring the fish out and set the stage for some great pictures. Sometimes it smells, especially when large quantities of seals are sunbathing.