A half hour drive from Downtown San Diego brings you to the rugged natural beauty of La Jolla. Hike through coastal pine forests. Relax on soft sands or in landscaped parks. Soak up the laid-back atmosphere in this immaculate seaside town, brimming with one-of-a-kind boutiques and gourmet restaurants. From your small, luxury hotel, it’s easy to appreciate why this tucked away retreat is considered one of the world’s top beach destinations. 

Meaning ‘The Jewel’ in Spanish, this coastal retreat in San Diego sparkles with a chic yet casual allure

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Spread along the La Jolla coast is the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve – home to America’s rarest conifer. Follow the Beach Trail from the top of the sandstone cliffs, passing carpets of wildflowers and native succulents. Swim in the protected calm waters of La Jolla Cove among colourful garibaldi fish, rays and yellowtail sharks. You can also sail into seven ocean-carved caves.


La Jolla’s thriving cultural scene reflects its vibrant landscape and community. Browse your way around locally-owned galleries dotted along the Village Art Walk. Enjoy a free afternoon concert in the fresh sea air at the Park at the Cove. The La Jolla Playhouse is also renowned for its award-winning productions.


The warm waters surrounding Windansea Beach, the Cove and mile-long crescent of golden sand at La Jolla Shores attract everyone from swimmers and snorkelers to scuba divers and surfers. If you’re sticking to the shore, keep your camera at the ready for migrating whales.If you’ve found a spot at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, you’ll soon see why this area is known as ‘Leopard Shark City’ – as thousands of these harmless creatures join the throng of fish and sea turtles. 

The Children’s Pool near Scripps Park was built in the 1930s for families – but it’s now a hotspot for frolicking seals and sea lions.

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