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La Jolla means “The Jewel” in Spanish, and that’s for good reason. There’s always something to see and do! Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing day in the beautiful Southern California weather or want a more exciting adventure, you don’t have to go far. Here are the top five things to do in La Jolla.

Catch some rays at La Jolla Shores Beach

What’s a visit to sunny San Diego without a trip to the beach!? La Jolla is surrounded on three sides by the ocean, so there’s no shortage of sun, sand, and water. One of the best beaches in the area is La Jolla Shores.

La Jolla Shores is a pristine beach that’s approximately one mile long — plenty of space for everyone to enjoy. In the summer, the surf in Southern California can get pretty rough. However, La Jolla Shores maintains relatively gentle waves all year long, which is perfect for families or those who just want to wade in the water. You can even learn to scuba by taking one of the classes right on the beach!

Blue water waves crashing over the beach

Grab the snorkel and explore La Jolla Underwater Park

Everyone has been to a regular city park with grass, hills, and maybe a playground, but have you ever been to an underwater park? Probably not!

La Jolla Underwater Park is one of the most unique spots in all San Diego. That’s right, it’s a 6,000-acre park that’s completely underwater! There are four different habitats for you to explore, including sand flats, submarine canyon, kelp beds, and rocky reefs, each with distinct wildlife.

Whether you want to go for a long expedition with scuba gear or enjoy a gentle adventure with a snorkel, La Jolla Underwater Park is definitely a unique experience you won’t soon forget.

Person snorkeling around seaweed-covered rocks

Check out the sea life at the Birch Aquarium

Want to see ocean wildlife without getting wet? The Birch Aquarium in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a must-visit spot for anyone heading to La Jolla.

This incredible aquarium sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean and is home to more than 380 species of ocean wildlife, including:
· Seahorses
· Octopus
· Penguins
· Sharks
· Eels
· And more

Check out the massive two-story 70,000-gallon tank to see dozens of species of ocean life living in a realistic giant kelp forest! It’s truly a sight you have to see to believe.

Stingrays and fish swimming in an aquarium

Enjoy some culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Since 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has been a La Jolla staple, showcasing incredible artwork from local, national, and international artists.

The La Jolla campus (the original) sits on three acres of pristine oceanfront property. The incredible property has almost 5,500 pieces in its collection, ranging from the 1950s to present. Whether you’re into paintings, sculptures, or more peculiar installations, the MCASD has something for everyone to enjoy.

Orange red and yellow contemporary art piece

Stroll downtown La Jolla

After a busy day at the beach, snorkeling the underwater park, seeing the ocean life in the aquarium, and experiencing amazing contemporary art, finish out the day with the restaurants and shopping in downtown La Jolla.

Downtown La Jolla is an activity all its own. The walkable downtown is filled with incredible eateries, including the world-famous George’s at the Cove — which was voted San Diego’s best restaurant! Sip a cocktail on a rooftop patio overlooking the ocean, or get some of the best food you’ll find in unique downtown restaurants.

If shopping is more your style, La Jolla won’t disappoint. Downtown La Jolla is known for its wide variety of shops and stores on Girard Avenue and Prospect Street. You’ll find everything you need — and likely some things you didn’t know you did!

Beachfront resort with pool surrounded by lounge chairs, green palm trees, and bright stucco buildings

La Jolla is called “The Jewel” for a reason. It’s a shining beacon of the best of the best San Diego has to offer. From the pristine cliff-lined coast and incredible downtown experience, there’s a little something for everyone.

Ready to make your visit to La Jolla a bit more permanent? The real estate experts at the Caspersen Group are ready to help! Contact us to start the search for your own slice of Southern California paradise today!

Pete and Mark Caspersen Top Real Estate Agents at the Caspersen Group Cardiff, CA 92007 (619) 807-3423

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For the past decade working side by side, Mark & Pete Caspersen have perfected their team approach to selling real estate in San Diego and North County. Specializing in residential, luxury, oceanfront, and investment properties, the Caspersen Group is renowned for their attentive service, leading-edge strategy and marketing, and no-nonsense style. Whether you’re making a move or hunting for your dream home, Mark & Pete are dedicated to making your process easygoing, stress-free and successful.

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