Hidden Gems of La Jolla
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La Jolla is one of San Diego’s true jewels, literally translating to jewel (joya) in Spanish! La Jolla is one of the city’s coastal resort towns and rich with things to see and do. There are multiple beaches with coves and tide pools to visit, great shopping centers & galleries and fabulous restaurants. Here are some of our top recommendations for a unique experience when visiting:
There is an ongoing art project here called the ‘Murals of La Jolla’ which you can learn all about here. The murals are a fun project that began in 2010, which commissions various artists to create murals throughout the town. Here are some of our favorites so far:
One of our favorite hikes to the beach begins at Scripps Coastal Reserve:
And leads you to the legendary Mushroom House!
La Jolla is also brimming with beautiful, coastal sea caves to explore! You will have to go during low tide if you plan on visiting by foot:
One of the most popular caves, known as the Sunny Jim Cave, was actually once used for smuggling booze! The entrance is hidden inside a shell shop!
There is also the White Lady Cave, which can only be accessed by foot during extreme low tide:
One of my personal favorite beaches in all of San Diego is actually in La Jolla, known to the locals as Mushroom Beach. You will quickly see why this beach got its name when you see the unique mushroom-shaped formations in the sandstone!
Don’t forget to stop by the cove to check out the tide pools and sea lions!
Mount Soledad has one of the best views around. Prepare to have your jaw drop along the way when you see all the gorgeous homes!
While you’re driving around Mount Soledad and looking for the Munchkin House, make sure to find all three troll bridges as well!
If you know where to look you may be able to find the Secret Swings!
Here is one other secret swing location with an equally secret beach below!
Perfect for daydreaming:
And great hiking trails around it:
You may stumble upon a secret message or two:
There are so many beautiful art galleries. You could spend all day exploring them!
Another work of art would be the architectural masterpiece known as Salk Institute. Tours are available by appointment:
Right across from the Salk Institute is the prestigious UCSD. Walking around this campus you will quickly notice all the amazing art installations. Look out for the talking trees, secret gardens, giant bear and SO MUCH MORE! We created an entire page dedicated to the secrets of UCSD!
While you’re at UCSD, make sure to check out the Ché Café and community garden! Some of the best punk shows around can be seen here!
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