Come experience the natural beauty of the beach alongside the commitment to innovation and marine life preservation. Some call La Jolla the “Beverly Hills” of San Diego due to its lavish homes overlooking the ocean and the upscale restaurants and shops.
History: In 1891, philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps turned La Jolla from just a getaway spot but one of innovation and marine life education and preservation when she founded Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Scripps Hospital and built the La Jolla Library. Hollywood stars started flocking to La Valencia Hotel in the 1920s and when the University of San Diego came in the 1960’s, professors and students established La Jolla as hub innovation and scholarship.
Things to Do: Visit the Birch Aquarium at Scripps or take a show at the La Jolla Playhouse. Near the shores, you can visit the tide pools or watch the seals and sea lions at the Children’s Pool. Take a hike or scenic walk along the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and if you go near the Torrey Pines Gliderport, you may see daredevils hang gliding off the cliffs. If you want an extravagant experience – check out the various exotic/luxury car dealerships or go shopping in the village on in one of the many upscale shops and then afterwards have a sunset view lunch/dinner at George’s at the Cove.