Best place to stay in La Jolla

Where is the best place to stay in La Jolla?

La Jolla means “The Jewell” in Spanish and many people agree with the term, which is found just outside San Diego. The place is an upscale beach community, which is technically regarded as part of San Diego, however most people see it as its own city. La Jolla has a wonderful mix of Southern Californian fun with a southern European resort feel to it and is known to be one of the most affluent communities in the country. La Jolla is home to beautiful natural scenery with superb beaches, mind blowing art galleries, world renowned institutions, museums, beachfront hotels, world class shopping and an adventurous nightlife.


The best area to stay in La Jolla is the village itself as this area is where most of the action happens and is where you will find quality beaches, the most amount of hotels, attractions, pubs and the widest range of cuisines. There are also decent options for shopping and with everything in walking distance, it means that you can take in the sights, sounds and smells as you leisurely stroll through the village.

Hotel   Price per night
La Jolla Inn
1110 Prospect St
145€ - 177$
Inn by the Sea, at La Jolla
7830 Fay Avenue
165€ - 201$
Empress Hotel of La Jolla
7766 Fay Avenue
168€ - 205$
Hotel   Price per night
Grande Colonial La Jolla
910 Prospect Street
233€ - 284$
La Valencia Hotel
1132 Prospect St.
332€ - 405$
Hotel   Price per night
Pantai Inn
1003 Coast Blvd
357€ - 436$

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La Jolla Village, the best area to stay in La Jolla

The village is well connected to San Diego and beyond with buses and trains heading to the major city and is a particularly safe neighbourhood to stay in. As said before, the village is easy to walk around or even better is to cycle, as it is so compact with lots of little narrow streets.


The best things to do and see in La Jolla include the Cave Store, which was actually built on top of a sea cave and there are tours of it as well as a gift shop. There are a few beaches to pick from that surround the village with the most popular being La Jolla Cove, which is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and many other activities. There are many grassy areas to have picnics if you don’t fancy being on the sand, though do take note that the beach is part of a reserve and therefore fishing, surfing, wind surfing and generally anything that could do damage to the area is not permitted.


Probably the most interesting beach is Children’s Pool Beach as it is where harbor seals come to breed and happens from mid December through to mid May. During this time the beach is closed but you can still see them clearly and otherwise it should be open to sunbathing and swimming.


A museum to note is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which has permanent and temporary exhibitions from local to international status artists. For shopping, the best streets are Prospect Place and Girard Street as there are numerous international and local brands on sale as well as a department store and various art galleries. The same streets also cater for hotels, restaurants and pubs as does Coast Boulevard and Rosetta Street.

La Jolla Street

Other areas to stay in

La Jolla Shores

This popular mile long beach and residential community is just to the north of the village and is a relaxing and sea orientated place, which is an excellent choice to stay in. The beach is ideal for families as the waters are very clean, small waves and lovely sand to sunbathe on. Kellogg Park sits on top of the beach, which offers brilliant views of the ocean and surroundings as well as a picnic area and Scripps Pier is a fantastic place for a walk at sunset. The beach is also well used by boat goers as this can only be done in this area of La Jolla and the same goes for Kayakers too.


Close by is the Birch Aquarium, which is an award winning aquarium and hosts many interesting and fascinating exhibits on oceanic species from the Pacific Ocean from sharks to living coral reef as well as large kelp tank. All along the beachfront, there are various restaurants, shops, bars and hotels to pick from and the area is well connected to other parts of La Jolla with frequent buses and is a very safe neighbourhood.


La Jolla Height

This little area is nestled in the hills that overlook the La Jolla Shores, which is a peaceful and quiet part with some stunning hotels that have the best views. There are a few shops, restaurants and bars in this very safe neighbourhood to stay in, which has buses running through it as do taxis.


Beach-Barber Tract

This area goes from Windansea Beach to the village, with the beach one of the best for surfing and receives some big swells but you will have to bring your own stuff as there are no facilities. Other beaches along the coastline include Sea Lane and Marine Street but are more for surfing and other water sports more than swimming. The area has many charming English-style cottages and is in walking distance of the village, which makes it a great place to stay in as it is also a very safe area. There are a good amount of shops, restaurants, bars and hotels to check out and are found along La Jolla Boulevard.


Lower Hermosa

This area is just south of Beach-Barber Tract and is one of the premier locations in all of La Jolla to stay in as there are various sandy beaches and scenic coastal footpaths to explore as are the beautiful homes that have been built right on the beaches in true Californian style. There are also hotels dotted along the beach but the Camino de la Costa is known as the “street of dreams” as there is a wide range of shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels to choose from. The neighbourhood is just like the rest of La Jolla in terms of safety as there hardly any crime and the area has good transport links to the rest of the place.

The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla
La Valencia Hotel La Jolla