hidden gems of la jolla

HIDDEN GEMS OF LA JOLLA

 

**THIS IS AN ONGOING PAGE OF UNIQUE HIKES AND PLACES TO EXPLORE IN 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

 

1. LA JOLLA MURALS

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 Pointed Attention, 2014 7835 Invanhoe Ave

 

(RIGHT) Landing, 2016 7724 Girard Ave

 

Favorite Color, 2010 7596 Eads Avenue

McCairn, 2019 5535 La Jolla Blvd

Tear Stains Be Gone, 2015 7661 Girard Ave

 

2. SCRIPPS COASTAL RESERVE

One of our favorite hikes to the beach begins at Scripps Coastal Reserve!

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Scripps Coastal Reserve is a beautiful hiking destination in La Jolla with a pristine views of the ocean and magnificant mansions

 

3. MUSHROOM HOUSE

And leads you to the legendary Mushroom House!  

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Explore the Mushroom House, one of the most bizarre homes in America located at the bottom of a nice hike in La Jolla, San Diego

 

 

4. SEA CAVES

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

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5. SUNNY JIM CAVE

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!

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Visit the Sunny Jim Cave in La Jolla, one of San Diego's historic smuggler's cave!

 

6. WHITE LADY CAVE

There is also the White Lady Cave, which can only be accessed by foot during extreme low tide

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The White Lady Cave got its name after a tragic incident in the 1800’s involving a young lady who was swept out to sea.

 

7. MUSHROOM BEACH

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! 

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mushroom beach

8. TIDEPOOLS

Don’t forget to stop by the cove to check out the tide pools and sea lions!

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La Jolla's coast is a whole new world when the tide goes down!

 

9. MOUNT SOLEDAD

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!

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Grab one of San Diego's most beautiful views atop the luxurious Mount Soledad in La Jolla, California!

 

10. MUNCHKIN HOUSE

There is one home on Mount Soledad that doesn’t stand out for its size though.  That would be the Munchkin House which is rich with rumors dating back to the Wizard of Oz days!

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11. TROLL BRIDGES

While you’re driving around Mount Soledad and looking for the Munchkin House, make sure to find all three troll bridges as well!

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There are more secrets than meets the eye on Mt Soledad in La Jolla. Learn all about the Troll Bridges and where to find them!

 

12. SECRET SWINGS

If you know where to look you may be able to find the Secret Swings!

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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:

13. ART GALLERIES:

There are so many beautiful art galleries.  You could spend all day exploring them!

 

14. SALK INSTITUTE

Another work of art would be the architectural masterpiece known as Salk Institute.  Tours are available by appointment

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Visit the prized Salk Institute, known for its photographic architecture, beautiful views of the ocean and honoring Nobel Prize winner Jonas Salk

 

15. SECRETS OF UCSD

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!

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The secrets of UCSD include talking trees, a 100 ft. bear made out of boulders, a house crashed into a building.....

 

16. CHÉ CAFÉ

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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Visit the Che Cafe in La Jolla. This is one of San Diego's historic music venues tucked into the woods of UCSD

 

16. RAISED BY WOLVES

Located inside the UTC mall is what appears to be a French 1920’s-themed liquor store.  Behind the fireplace lays a secret bar with an elaborate theme! Check it out!

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