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la jolla visitor guide

36th edition | 2017-2018 | map inside | $3.50

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Welcome to La Jolla!


Whether you’re a newcomer or frequent visitor, you’ll find our Jewel by the Sea a very special and picturesque place to spend some time strolling, shopping and dining. Hit the beach for tide watching, kayaking and surfing. Hike the canyons and coves, or just enjoy the area’s geographic charms through your camera lens. La Jolla and its scenic locales — from Bird Rock, WindanSea surf beach and The Shores, to the UCSD campus and Mount Soledad — offer more than just natural beauty. Take time to savor our cultural gems, including the La Jolla Playhouse, Museum of Contemporary Art, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, La Jolla Music Society and dozens of art galleries and performance venues. To make the most of your visit to our Riviera of the West, we have compiled this guide. Inside, we share secrets the natives treasure and much more. For weekly news and information about La Jolla, be sure to pick up a free copy of our town’s most-trusted newspaper, the La Jolla Light, every Thursday at the blue newsstands around town, or find us online daily at I hope you enjoy our wonderful community, and I welcome your feedback. E-mail me at — Phyllis Pfeiffer, president and general manager, La Jolla Light, established 1913


Visitor Guide 2017-2018

6 calendar of events 12 walking tours 16 best views 18 art+culture 24 food+wine 26 restaurant directory 32 la jolla map 38 shopping+more 40 shopping directory 44 history of la jolla 47 la jolla’s celebrity residents 48 family+fun 50 la jolla’s best beaches 52 cool kids’ stuff 55 real estate + vacation homes 60 faith directory 61 staff directory 62 important phone numbers

Cover photo Aaron Goulding Photography Gallery 1273 Prospect Background photo Jeremy Noyes

An Edition of U-T Community Press 565 Pearl St., Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037 Online daily at  858.459.4201 Contents of the La Jolla Light Visitor Guide © 2017

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Here are some of La Jolla’s ongoing and best entertainment bets. For the latest events, visit Athenaeum Music and Arts Library 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872 Located in the heart of the village, this member supported library of music and art is open to the public (closed Sunday and Monday). It offers concerts, from classical and jazz to acoustic and new music, along with art exhibitions, art and music lectures, art classes and other special events. Free guided tours are offered at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. La Jolla Historical Society 7846 Eads Ave. (858) 459-5335 The Society presents rotating exhibitions on topics of art, culture, and history in its galleries. Open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free.  Visit in person or online to learn more about public programs and community events throughout the year. La Jolla Open Aire Market At La Jolla Elementary School 1111 Marine St. (858) 454-1699 Open rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Features live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, Certified Farmers Market fruits, vegetables and flowers. Murals of La Jolla Collection View 16 contemporary public artworks located throughout

Green Flash Concert Series Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

the Village, selected and installed by the Art Committee of the La Jolla Community Foundation. For a map and brochure, stop by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 1008 Wall St., or visit Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla 700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541 One of two locations of MCASD (the other is at 1100

Kettner Blvd, in downtown San Diego) the museum is noted for its dedication to “the exploration and presentation of the art in our time,” emphasizing art created since 1950. Although the La Jolla galleries are currently closed for a major renovation, the museum typically features exhibitions and public programs that augment its internationally recognized collection. The Sculpture Garden and Museum Café are open to the public daily.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography photo

june “Escape to Margaritaville” Through July 9 Mandell Weiss Theater. La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 550-1010

Berlioz, “Verklarte Nacht” by Arnold Shoenberg and “The Lovers” by Samuel Barber. David Chase concludes his 43-year tenure as Choral Director. UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive, (858) 534-4637

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 2017 season closer 7 p.m. June 10-11 Program includes “Beatrice and Benedict” by Hector

Full Moor Pier Walks Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour.

Select dates June 8 to Oct. 5. (858) 534-3474. $30-$35 Green Flash Concert Series 6 p.m. June 21 Cracker with opener Trouble in the Wind 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95

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Fourth Friday Jazz The Young Lions All-Stars presented by Gilbert Castellanos perform jazz standards from the future of jazz 8 p.m. June 23 La Jolla Community Center 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

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Fireworks over La Jolla Cove

july Fourth of July Fireworks 9 p.m. July 4 La Jolla Cove “At the Old Place” July 5-30 Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theater. La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 550-1010 Athenaeum Summer Festival 4 p.m. Sundays July 2, 9, 16 and 23 $45-165 single, $152-620 series Pianist Gustavo Romero performs the works of Enrique Granados Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872 Green Flash Concert Series 6 p.m. July 19 Steve Poltz with Berkley Hart 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95 Fourth Friday Jazz Melissa Morgan, Graham Dechter and Alex Frank perform gems from The Great American Songbook

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8 p.m. July 28 La Jolla Community Center 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

august “Kill Local” Aug. 1-27 Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 550-1010 La Jolla Music Society SummerFest concerts Aug. 4-25 11 concerts as part of the Standard Series and another four for the Inner Circle Series. (858) 459-3728 Flicks on the Bricks film-and-wine series returns with “mismatched pairings,” 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in August “Harold and Maude” screens

Aug. 10 “Annie Hall” screens Aug. 17 “Groundhog Day” screens Aug 24 “Silver Linings Playbook” screens Aug. 31 $60-80 for all four films and four wine tastings, individual screenings $17-22. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872. UCSD Moores Cancer Center’s Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational 7 a.m. Surfing Tournament, 11:30 a.m. Luau Aug. 13 Beach below Scripps Pier Green Flash Concert Series 6 p.m. Aug. 16 Milo Greene with opener to be announced 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95

Taste at the Cove Aug. 31 Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove (858) 492-1116

september Wild Goose Dreams Sept. 5 – Oct. 1 Mandell Weiss Forum La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 550-1010 San Diego Restaurant Week Sept. 24- Oct. 1 Price-fixed menus from hundreds of area restaurants Green Flash Concert Series 6 p.m. Sept. 20 Pine Mountain Logs with opener Venice, 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

UCSD Moores Cancer Center’s Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational

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2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95

october La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Oct. 7-8 Wine and beer garden, entertainment, food, silent auction, family art center and hand-picked and juried collection of artists. Along Girard Avenue J*Company Youth Theatre “The Lion King, Jr.” Oct. 20 - Nov. 5 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 San Diego Triathlon Challenge/Tour de Cove Oct. 22 La Jolla Cove Swim one mile, bike 44 miles, run 10 miles San Diego Jewish Film Festival Mid-season screening Films and dates to be announced Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive

(858) 457-3030 San Diego Jewish Book Fair October date TBA Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 457-3030

november La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Young People’s Concert, Steven Schick conducts 7 p.m. Nov. 3 UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive Free, reservations required: (858) 534-4637


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Fourth Friday Jazz Jonathan Karrant, Joshua White and Justin Grinell perform “not your typical standards” 8 p.m. Aug. 25 La Jolla Community Center 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 4 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 Steven Schick conducts. Program: “An American in Paris” and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, “Mood Indigo” and “Solitude” by Duke Ellington, the premiere of “Concertino for two pianos & orchestra” by Tobin Chodos, “Quiet City” by Aaron Copland.                                           *Program and artist subject to change without notice UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive (858) 534-4637 “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” Nov. 7 - Dec. 10 La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 550-1010 Veteran’s Day Ceremony Noon, Nov. 11

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Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial (858) 459-2314 USTA National Men’s 40, Women’s 40, Mixed 40, Father-Son, GrandfatherGrandson Hard Court Championships Nov. 27-Dec. 3 La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club 2000 Spindrift Drive (858) 551-4605

december La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 Steven Schick conducts. Program: “Je vivroie liement/ Liement me deport” by Guillaime Machaut, “luscinia (Thomas Nee Commission)” by Tina Tallon, “Gloria” by Francis Poulenc and “Concentric Paths” by Thomas Adès. *Program and artist subject to change without notice UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive (858) 534-4637 Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff returns to direct the La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical the Donna Summer Project in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. Courtesy photo 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 Girard Avenue and La Jolla Recreation Center

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january 2018

Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 25-28 Torrey Pines Golf Course (858) 886-4653

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim 10 a.m. Jan. 1 La Jolla Shores near the lifeguard tower J*Company Youth Theatre “Les Miserables” Jan. 12-28 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 San Diego Restaurant Week Mid-January, week TBD

San Diego’s favorite son, Phil Mickelson at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

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february 2018 “The Cake” Feb. 6-March 4 La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 550-1010 28th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Feb. 7-18 Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 457-3030 La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 and 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 11 Steven Schick conducts, guest artist David Bowlin, violin; Kallisti vocal ensemble. Program: “Symphony No. 4” by Gustav Mahler, the premiere of “Alone: Theater and Music for Fiona” by Roland Auzet. *Program and artist subject to change without

Memorial Day Ceremony at Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial. Greg Wiest photo

march 2018 Pacific Coast Doubles Tennis Tournament March 1-4 La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (858) 551-4605 J*Company Youth Theatre “Beauty and the Beast” March 2-18 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 La Jolla Symphony & Chorus March 16-18. Patrick Walders conducts. Program: “Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff. *Program and artist subject to change without notice UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive (858) 534-4637 Irish Poetry Reading 7 p.m. March 17 D.G. Wills Books 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800

april 2018 14th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 6-8 Road Rally, touring around San Diego venues. Classic Car Show on Sunday at La Jolla Cove (tickets required). Open viewing along Girard Avenue (free). La Jolla Half Marathon/5K April 22

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may 2018 La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and 2 p.m. Sunday May 6 Sameer Patel conducts. Program: “Five Pieces for Orchestra” by Arnold Schenberg, “Un Sourire” by Oliver Messiaen, “A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden” by Tori Takemitsu, “Eating Flowers” by Hannah Lash and “Symphony in Three Movements,” by Igor Stravinsky.*Program and artist subject to change without notice. UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 534-4637 J*Company Youth Theatre “Hairspray” May 4-13 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center


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notice. UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 534-4637

4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 La Jolla Garden Club Gardeners’ Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 On the Chase Bank patio 7777 Girard Ave. (858) 488-2697 La Jolla Historical Society Secret Garden Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May weekend TBD Benefit for the La Jolla Historical Society, the selfguided tour reveals gardens and homes that reflect the charm and hidden scenery of La Jolla. Art and music included. (858) 459-5335 Memorial Day Ceremony 2 p.m. May 28 Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial (858) 459-2314

walking tours


Around La Jolla you’ll find many cool places to walk — from the boardwalk at La Jolla Shores to the route around Coast Boulevard that overlooks the Cove, the Children’s Pool, and some spectacular surfing spots. Here are a few other places that offer a good glimpse of the community:


If you’re keen on serene, Pottery Canyon Natural Park is the place. Just off Torrey Pines Road on Pottery Canyon Driveway is a paved road leading to a small dirt parking area — the gateway to 18.8 acres of public open space with towering eucalyptus trees. The canyon trail, short at one fifth-mile, is perfect for children or for pulling off the beaten path once in awhile and getting a quick nature fix. Designated a San Diego Historic Landmark, it is a spot where two brothers from Jalisco, Mexico made pottery, roof and floor tiles, and other clay products from the clay-rich soil. The canyon, 3034 Torrey Pines Road, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Natural Reserve is open from 8 a.m. until sunset daily. Check it out at

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A collection of spectacular walks can be found at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, 12600 N. Torrey Pines Road. Sandwiched between Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on the south and the city of Del Mar on the north, the coastal park with its half-dozen coastal trails offers exquisite ocean vistas and is home to the nation’s rarest pine tree, Pinus torreyana, and an abundance of native vegetation. The difficulty level is easy to moderate

with trails running parallel to the coast at the lower levels that are easily walkable and some that switchback their way down to the coast that are relatively steep with significant altitude gain. A day-use park that costs $10 to access, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is open from 8 a.m. until 1sunset daily. Check it out at

Greg Wiest photo inset; Amy Stirnkorb background photo

Above, Pottery Canyon Natural Park’s serene scenery. Below, spectacular views at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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Above, the mural Favorite Color, 2010 by Roy McMakin at 7596 Eads Avenue. Left, Expecting to Fly (for the Zeros), 2013, by Fred Tomaselli at 7569 Girard. Philipp Scholz Rittermann photos


Looking for the 17 sculptures in The Stuart Collection at UCSD sprinkled about the 1,200-acre campus is one big treasure hunt. You’ll see creations like Niki de Saint Phalle’s colorful “Sun God” or Do Ho Suh’s 70,000-pound cottage, “Fallen Star,” on top of the Jacobs’ School of Engineering Building. But expect to spend some time — at least the better part of a day or take it in chunks and treat it as a hike. For more information and a map, go to You can also sign up for tours of the campus at



The newest way to get an artistic view of the community is by seeking out the Murals of La Jolla, under the auspices of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. The public art program has installed 16 murals around the Village, adding color and conversation-starters to otherwise non-descript walls. To find a map and more information go to la jolla visitor guide 2017-2018

La Jolla Historical Society’s walking tour will take you past some of the treasures in the central Village. Set aside about 90 minutes for the walk with 15 stops that will give you a glimpse of our history. You’ll see structures dating back to 1890 as well as natural attractions. A 20-page booklet with map and descriptions is available for $5.99 at the Historical Society’s office, 7846 Eads Ave., lajollahistory. org, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, 700 Prospect St.

You can’t miss Tim Hawkinson’s 180-ton “Bear” sculpture that is part of the Stuart Collection at UCSD. Philipp Scholz Rittermann photo

The world renowned Salk Institute, located on North Torrey Pines Road, offers guided architecture tours with an introduction about the Institute’s groundbreaking science and research. Salk Institute for Biological Studies photo

best views


Want to find a peaceful spot after a day of shopping or beach-going? Here are some of our favorite places where you can kick back and enjoy the views.


A well-known view is framed by the concrete and teak structure of The Salk Institute. Designed by architect Louis Kahn for Dr. Jonas Salk, the research center was designed to marry the creativity of art and science. Free architectural tours are offered at noon, Monday through Friday. Make reservations two days in advance at (858) 453-4100, ext. 1289. To get to 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, take Torrey Pines Road north. Turn left at the light onto North Torrey Pines Road and stay left when you reach the intersection at the UCSD campus. Turn left on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. You can also keep going west and check out the view from the Torrey Pines Gliderport.

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Enjoy the beauty inside and out at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla. Greg Lambert photo


For great sunsets or just a meditation break, stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla at 700 Prospect St. Although the museum is closed right now for major renovations, you can relax in the sculpture garden and view the Pacific Ocean. Take Girard Avenue west to Kline Street. Turn left to Draper Avenue, then right. The museum will be right in front of you.


One of La Jolla’s bestknown spots is The Cove. On a clear day, you’ll get to take in views all the way to Catalina Island and Dana Point or you can just relax and watch swimmers get their daily exercise. From Torrey Pines Road, take Prospect Street and follow the signs to 1100 Coast Blvd. If you’re in the Village, take Prospect Street to Girard Avenue and walk down the hill.


Greg Wiest photo

The view of the Bird Rock, where La Jolla’s southern neighborhood got its name, changed in late 2010 when the rock’s characteristic arch collapsed. Enjoy the views from the foot of Bird Rock Avenue. From your spot on Girard Avenue, go past Vons and take a right on Pearl Street and a left on La Jolla Boulevard. Go about 1.7 miles — you’ll get to negotiate some roundabouts — and then turn right at Bird Rock Avenue.


Kick back and watch the surfers at WindanSea Beach where surfing legends were made. Be sure to take your copy of Tom Wolfe’s “Pump House Gang” to get the lowdown. You’ll find the surfer shack and benches for taking in the scenery and surfers. Take Girard past Vons grocery store to Pearl Street. Turn left at the light at La Jolla Boulevard. Then it’s a right on Nautilus Street and a left at Neptune Place. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the shack, originally built in the 1940s.


No view in La Jolla is better than the one from the top of Mount Soledad. There you’ll find 360-degree views, walking trails and the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial. Take Torrey Pines Road about a mile north of the Village to Hillside Drive. Turn right and then left to stay on Hillside Drive. Turn right at Via Capri and left at Soledad Park Road.


Artist Nancy Rubins’ Pleasure Point at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla. Pablo Mason photo


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La Jolla Music Society 7946 Ivanhoe Ave. (858)459-3728 Visit our website for upcoming performances As one of Southern California’ leading presenters of world-class performing arts, La Jolla Music Society contributes to San Diego’s cultural vitality year-round through a rich variety of presentations, including classical, jazz and contemporary music, and dance. An annual nationally-recognized music festival SummerFest features world-class artists and ensembles performing in La Jolla throughout the month of August.

Voted “Best Gallery in La Jolla.” Fine art for discerning collectors. Providing exciting and innovative contemporary art in Southern California for 20 years. Original paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics by both internationally known and emerging artists such as: Orlando Agudelo-Botero, Pascal, Michael Nisperos, Paul Ecke, Jennyfer Stratman, Tara Mozafarian, Jane Burton, Stephanie Paige, Weiliang Zhao, Alison Haley Paul, John Richen & Joshua Smith. Open 7 days a week. Located half block off Prospect Street. Parking available directly under our building. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

THE LOT 7611 Fay Avenue 858.900.4004 THE LOT is the newest lifestyle and entertainment experience venue. A premium cinema and dining destination that is a high-energy social hub for elevated cuisine, craft coffee, artisan pastries, and sophisticated spirits and wines. A place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner and stay for a movie or special event.

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Martin Lawrence Galleries, La Jolla 1111 Prospect Street 858.551.1122 La Jolla’s premiere Gallery of fine art, specializing in original paintings, sculpture, and limited edition graphics by the biggest names and best emerging arts. Boasting an unprecedented collection of original works by Warhol, Rembrant, Picasso, Murakami, Miró, Mas, Kondakova, Haring, Hallam, Fressinier, Erté, Dalí, Chagall and other modern and contemporary masters – for collection at exceptional value. One of ten Martin Lawrence Galleries in the U.S., the “La Jolla by the Sea” Gallery provides a truly stunning fine art acquisition experience, in addition to complimentary home consultation, staging and hanging. Open 7 days a week.

San Diego Symphony For tickets: (619) 235-0804; Join San Diego Symphony for San Diego’s finest entertainment on the waterfront at their annual Summer Pops concert series. Enjoy a lineup of world-class performers and experience comfortable table seating at the beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park South. La Jolla Historical Society Located in historic Wisteria Cottage 780 Prospect Street near the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego The Society presents rotating exhibitions on topics of art, culture, and history in its galleries. Open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Admission is free. Visit in person or online to learn more about public programs and community events throughout the year.

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La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street, (858) 454-0771 Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla offers extraordinary and unique dining experiences with cuisine by Executive Chef Alex Emery. La V’s signature dining experience, THE MED Ocean View Restaurant evokes warmth, romance and New American flavors. Live music can be heard Wednesday-Sunday in La Sala Lounge (adjacent to THE MED terrace) which is a great accompaniment, before, during or after dinner. Whether for spontaneous dining or an elaborate tasting prepared by the chef, you’ll find THE MED a delicious escape any day of the week! Located on Prospect Street is Café la Rue. This casual Bistro + Bar serves Modern European Cuisine, hand crafted cocktails and premium libations in a cozy casual village atmosphere in the heart of La Jolla. Don’t miss Cafe la Rue’s “Locals’ Hour” from 3-7pm daily featuring food, beer, and wine specials. THE MED: Open for Breakfast, Weekend Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Café la Rue: Open Daily for Breakfast at 8am. All Day Dining at 11am. Happy Hour Daily from 3pm-7pm.

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Bubba’s Smoke House BBQ 888 Prospect St. (858) 551-4227

Cody’s La Jolla 8030 Girard Ave. (858) 459-0040

Burger Lounge 1101 Wall St. (858) 456-0196

Come On In! 1030 Torrey Pines Road (858) 551-1063

Café la Rue 1132 Prospect St (858) 454-0771

The Cottage 7702 Fay Ave. (858) 454-8409

Catania 7863 Girard Ave., #301 (858) 551-5105

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Duke’s La Jolla 1216 Prospect St. (858) 454-5888 El Pescador Fish Market 634 Pearl St. (858) 456-2526 George’s Bar 1250 Prospect St. (858) 454-4244 Grater Grilled Cheese 723 Pearl St (858)-459-0094 Grill at the Lodge at Torrey Pines 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 777-6645 Herringbone 7837 Herschel Ave. (858) 459-0221 Jeff’s Burgers 2152 Avenida de la Playa (858) 454-8038 The MED 1132 Prospect St. (858) 551-3765 Mustangs and Burros 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 550-1000 Prep Kitchen 7556 Fay Ave. (858) 875-7737 The Promiscuous Fork 6984 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-3663 Rimel’s Rotisserie 1030 Torrey Pines Road, Ste. E (858) 454-6045 Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery 8980 Villa La Jolla Dr (858) 450-9277

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Apple pancakes are not to be missed at Richard Walker’s. Courtesy photo

Smash Burger 1000 Prospect St. (858) 750-2531

Shore Rider 2168 Avenida De La Playa 858-412-5308

The Shores Restaurant 8110 Camino del Oro (858) 456-0600

The Spot 1005 Prospect St. (858) 459-0800

Whisknladle 1044 Wall St. (858) 551-7575

Torreyana Grille 10950 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 450-4571

Hennessey’s 7811 Herschel St. (858) 551-8772


Karl Strauss 1044 Wall St. (858) 551-2739

China Chef 623 Pearl St. (858) 454-7597

La Jolla Brewing Company 7536 Fay Ave. (858) 412-7715

Little Korea 8008 Girard Ave., Ste. 120 (858) 551-0282

Public House 830 Kline St. (858) 551-9210

Mandarin House 6765 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-2555

The Shack Bar & Grill 6941 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-5280

Poke Go 510 Pearl St. (858) 412-5258

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Living Room Coffee House 1010 Prospect St. (858) 459-1187

Caroline’s Seaside Cafe 8610 Kennel Way (858) 202-0569

Pannikin Coffee & Tea Café 7467 Girard Ave. (858) 454-5453

Cliff Hanger Café 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive (858) 452-9858

Peet’s Coffee & Tea 8843 Villa La Jolla Drive (858) 678-0806

Farm To Fork Juice 5646 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 750-2944

breakfast/ coffee shops

Shorehouse Kitchen 2236 Avenida De La Playa (858) 459-3300

Green Door Cafe 7644 Girard Ave. (858) 291-8886

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters 5627 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 551-1707

Starbucks Coffee 1150 Prospect St. (858) 551-5526 2206 Torrey Pines Road (858) 454-4423 5604 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-4037

Goldfish Point Café 1255 Coast Blvd. (858) 459-7407

Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee 811 Prospect St. (858) 291-8191

International Market & Grill 3211 Holiday Court (858) 535-9700



Brick & Bell Café 928 Silverado St. (858) 551-0928 2216 Avenida de la Playa Broken Yolk Cafe 1851 Garnet Ave. Pacific Beach (858) 270-9655 Busy Bee’s Bagel & Bakery 6861 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 456-2738 Café Vahik 6780 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-1895 Elixir Espresso and Wine Bar 7683 Girard Ave., #105 (858) 291-8278 La Clochette Du Coin Coffee Shop 6830 La Jolla Blvd. Suite 101 (858) 291-8071 Harry’s Coffee Shop 7545 Girard Ave. (858) 454-7381

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Trilogy Sanctuary Café 7650 Girard Ave. #4 (858) 633-3893 Richard Walker’s Pancake House 909 Prospect St. (858) 459-8800

cafés & bistros Bernini’s Bistro 7550 Fay Ave. (858) 454-5013 Café Vita 1 Miramar St. (858) 534-9599 Cafe Fruittitude 777 Girard Ave. (858) 459-8887

Girard Gourmet 7837 Girard Ave. (858) 454-3325

Juice Crafters 935 Silverado St. (858) 459-0569











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Juice Kaboose 7556 Fay Ave. #H (858) 456-9300

Waters Fine Foods 7441-A Girard Ave. (858)509.9400

Lean & Green 7825 Fay Ave. #180 (858) 459-5326

We Olive 1158 Prospect St. (858) 551-8250

Be Fresh 627 Pearl St. (858) 551-8786


Marketplace Grille 1030 Torrey Pines Road (858) 456-9576 Mission Coffee Cup Café 1109 Wall St. (858) 454-2819 Museum Café by Giuseppe Restaurant & Fine Catering 700 Prospect St. (858) 456-6427 Nekter Juice Bar 834 Kline St. (858) 201-6095 Ohana Café 456 Pearl St. (858) 456-9009 Shore Thing 8080 La Jolla Shores Drive (858) 333-8933

Cold Stone Creamery 909 Prospect St. #225 (858) 454-2300 Everybody Loves Chocolate 5628 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 224-8500 Froglander’s Frozen Yogurt 915A Pearl St. (858) 459-3764 Gelateria Frizzante 1025 Prospect St. (858) 454-5798 Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop 1172 Prospect St. (858) 459-4381 Michele Coulon Dessertier 7556 Fay Ave. Ste. D (858) 456-5098 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 1139 Prospect St. (858) 454-0077 Sprinkles Cupcakes 8855 Villa La Jolla Drive (858) 457-3800 MilkBar at Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee 811 Prospect St. (858) 291-8191 Sugar and Scribe 7660 Fay Ave. (858) 274-1733

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Yogi Topi Frozen Yogurt 7501 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 456-1334 Yogurt Escape 2134 Avenida de la Playa (858) 456-2000

fine dining Adobe El Restaurante (at Estancia Hotel) 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 550-1000 A.R. Valentien 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 453-4420 Bistro Du Marché 7437 Girard Ave. (858) 551-7500 Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill 1298 Prospect St. (858) 454-9587 Donovan’s Steak & Chop House 1250 Prospect St. (858) 450-6666 Eddie V’s 1270 Prospect St. (858) 459-5500 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 8970 University Center Lane (858) 551-7500 Georges at the Cove 1250 Prospect St. (858) 454-4244 James’ PlaceLa Jolla Playhouse Restaurant 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD campus (858) 638-7778

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Nine-Ten (at the Grande Colonial) 910 Prospect St. (858) 964-5400 Manhattan of La Jolla (at the Empress Hotel) 7766 Fay Ave. (858) 459-0700 Marine Room Restaurant 2000 Spindrift Dr. (858) 459-7222 The Hake 1250 Prospect St. (858) 454-1637 The Lot 7611 Fay Ave. (858) 777-0069

italian Acquavite 1298 Prospect St. (858) 866-7142 Barbarella Restaurant & Bar 2171 Avenida De La Playa (858) 454-7373 Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr. (858) 534-9624 Cafe Milano Restaurant 711 Pearl St. (858) 454-3806 Carino’s Italian Restaurant 7408 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-1400 Catania 7863 Girard Ave., Ste. 301 (858) 551-5105 La Dolce Vita 1237 Prospect St., Ste. P (858) 454-2524 Lupi 5518 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-6421 la jolla visitor guide 2017-2018

Osteria Romantica 2151 Avenida De La Playa (858) 551-1221

Lena Craft Mexican 909 Prospect St. #290 (858) 263-4190

Piatti Ristorante & Bar 2182 Avenida De La Playa (858) 454-1589

Jose’s Courtroom 1037 Prospect St. (858) 454-7655

Piazza 1909 7731 Fay Ave. (858) 412-3108

Oscar’s Mexican Food 703 Turquoise St. (858) 603-8123

Sicilia Bella 7918 Ivanhoe Ave. (858) 263-4614

Porkyland 1030 Torrey Pines Road (858) 459-1708

Sorella della Taverna 7420 Girard Ave. (858) 866-6400

Puesto Mexican Street Food 1026 Wall St. (858) 454-1260

Voce Del Mare 5721 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 412-5000

Rubio’s 8855 Villa La Jolla Drive (858) 546-9377


The Taco Stand 621 Pearl St. (858) 551-6666

Bahia Don Bravo 5504 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-8940 Don Carlos Taco Shop 737 Pearl St. (858) 456-0462 El Charro 2175 Avenida De La Playa (858) 459-7900 Galaxy Taco 2259 Avenida De La Playa (858) 228-5655

Verde’s El Ranchero 7404 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-5877 Wahoo’s Fish Tacos 639 Pearl St. (858) 459-0027

pizzeria Carino’s 7408 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-1400

Puesto Mexican Street Food serves all natural meats, sustainable seafood, hand-made tortillas and local organic greens. Courtesy photo Bella Roma Pizza 6830 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0121 House of Pizza 8107 Camino Del Sol (858) 551-0125 Isola Pizza Bar 7734 Girard Ave. (858) 412- 5566 Pizza on Pearl 617 Pearl St. (858) 729-0717 Pizza Pronto 7556 Fay Ave. Ste. F (858) 459-9000 Regents Pizzeria 4150 Regents Park Row, Ste. 170 (858) 550-0406 Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza 702 Pearl St. (858) 456-5222

sushi Del Sushi 3251 Holiday Ct. (858) 202-1333 Shiku Sushi 1277 Prospect St. (858) 456-7118 Sushi Mori 2161 Avenida de la Playa (858) 551-8481 Sushi on the Rock 1025 Prospect St., Ste. 250 (858) 459-3208 Toshi-San Sushi & Shabu Shabu 7614 Fay Ave. (858) 456-4545 Yummy Maki Yummy Box 3211 Holiday Ct. Ste. 101A (858) 587-9848

thai Chedi Thai Bistro 737 Pearl St. (858) 551-8495

Kitima Extraordinary Thai 8008 Girard Ave. (858) 551-9999 Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen 7734 Girard Ave., Ste. C (858) 456-0466 Aroi Cafe 7523 Fay Ave. (858) 456-8005


The jewel of Southern California sparkles in vacation sunshine year-round. Visit first-class sights and attractions throughout the village and around the cove. Stay in gorgeous houses and luxurious hotels. And shop til you drop! Wouldn’t you rather shop a beautiful seaside village than a crowded, noisy mall? The choice of celebrities and bargain-hunters alike, La Jolla is for all who seek “just for me” instead of “me, too.” Here, you’ll find the priceless and the popular. The haute couture and the comfortably familiar. The world’s most luxurious brands and the everyday values. Parking is plentiful and so are the opportunities, so make a whole day of it. la jolla visitor guide 2017-2018




Jewels by the Sea 1237 Prospect St., Suite B (858) 459–5166 Surf Diva Surf Shop & Boutique 2160 Avenida de la Playa (858)454-8273 Surf Diva Surf Shop & Boutique at La Jolla Shores is the #1 surf shop for women in the US by SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association). The unique shop carries surf and beach attire for the whole family including surfboards & standup paddleboards. Quoted “The Starbucks of surf schools” by Newsweek Magazine, Surf Diva Surf School is considered the pillar of surf instruction and offers lessons and rentals year-round for women, men, and kids.

This charming boutique specializes in an eclectic mix of unique jewelry including local designers, estate, vintage, colored gem, diamond, gold, silver, copper, pearls, and fashion. You’ll also discover scarves, ornaments, and gifts. With prices ranging from $5 to $5,000, you’re sure to find a treasure. Shop owner Linda Ronelle Jalving is a Graduate Gemologist with the Gemological Institute of America, and has hand picked every special piece of wearable art in the store with loving care. She truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for beautiful jewelry of all kinds. Visit Linda at her delightful shop located in the International Shops - you will be enchanted!

La Jolla Open Aire Market Sundays, 9am-1:30pm rain or shine. Corner of Girard Ave at Genter Street Every Sunday from 9am to 2pm at the corner of Girard Ave and Genter St. All year round the upper playground at La Jolla Elementary School is transformed into a colorful, welcoming and wholesome farmers market. Come experience live music and creative artisans and roam through the diverse food court while you shop local fruits, vegetables and flowers. Consistently ranked as one of the largest and best farmers markets in San Diego, the La Jolla Open Aire Market has been one of the premier weekly events for 19 years.

Progress Bird Rock 5648 La Jolla Blvd., (858)291-8040, Progress Bird Rock – One of a kind home goods store, conveniently located next to Beaumont’s and across the street from Bird Rock Coffee. Open daily from 10am to 6pm. Find timeless classics like Pendleton Yakima Blankets or colorful local greeting cards designed and printed right here in San Diego. Tourists and locals alike love this home goods gem right in the heart of Bird Rock. Perfect 10 Nails, 7523 Fay Ave Ste. C, (858) 456-7899 As our name suggests, we are proud to be one of the most popular professional nail salons in La Jolla, California… and #1 in cleanliness! We sterilize, sanitize, and employ the latest techniques, treatments and designs that are trending today. The atmosphere is relaxing and never rushed: complimentary beverages, soft jazz, HD TV (with sub-titles), and soothing rubs and massages one would expect to find in the worldrenowned seaside village of La Jolla! la jolla visitor guide 2017-2018

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Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique is located in the heart of beautiful La Jolla Village. The shop is filled with hand-picked gift items from designers and small companies from around the world. Hi Sweetheart prides itself on its unique blend of distinctive jewelry, San Diego souvenirs, fun and functional kitchenware, letter-pressed stationery, delightful books, lovely candles, and darling baby gifts. It’s the place to find gifts for all occasions and a little something for everyone! The Faded Awning Coastal Interiors 7464 Girard Ave. (858) 456-7464 thefadedawningcoastal This charming boutique is located in the upper Girard district. You will be very intrigued when you enter this French seaside haven. French music abounds! French linens and clothing, jewelry, home decor and garden accessories are in abundance as well. Vintage and modern furnishings compliment one another. Hours are Mon-Sat, 10am6pm and Sundays 10am-4pm. Gracie James 7458 Girard Ave. (858) 459-5577 Gracie James, a new shop in the heart of La Jolla Village is delighting residents and visitors alike with offerings such as unique, affordable jewelry pieces, specialty apparel lines, creative home accessories and one-of-a-kind collectibles by local artists. A unique specialty of the shop: Asian-inspired succulent arrangements that will enhance any home or office. The succulent display alone is worth a visit, and all arrangements can be shipped or carried home. Don’t miss this gem during your visit to San Diego. Located next to Karl Strauss Brewery between Prospect and Wall. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5. Bowers Jewelers 7860 Girard Ave. 858.459.3678 Have you ever found a unique and stunning piece of jewelry that you simply could not leave the store without taking home? When you come to Bowers Jewelers, you will be delighted with the selection of eclectic and contemporary pieces we have to offer. Bowers Jewelers has proudly served La Jolla since 1945 with exceptional jewelry designs and beautiful pieces for all types of occasions. Our jewelry business has become a family tradition and our store is rich with history. Choose from rings, necklaces, earrings, watches, and much more! You will have no trouble finding the perfect wedding ring for your loved one or a new pair of earrings for yourself.

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Aerial view of La Jolla circa 1920. First Inhabitants Artifacts have been found throughout La Jolla over the decades, indicating that Kumeyaay Indians settled along the shoreline nearly 10,000 years ago. Archaeologists have found stone utensils and Native American metates. Unfortunately, the remains are small and scattered, leaving historians unclear about the fate of these earliest inhabitants. La Jolla’s beaches So,many What’s in a Name? offer fun all ages. La for Jolla’s name is a Greg Wiest photo controversial somewhat subject among town historians. No one knows where the name originated

— whether it comes from the Spanish word La Joya (which means “the jewel”) or from the Native American term Woholle (meaning “hole in the mountains”), an appropriate name considering the caves and rock formations along La Jolla’s shoreline. The name has appeared in all land grant and mission records since 1928 and in scattered documents at least back to 1870 when they appeared spelled “L-a-J-o-y-a.” Modern Settlers The lands of La Jolla became incorporated as part of San Diego in 1850. However, there were no

permanent settlers in this section of town until 19 years later when two brothers, Daniel and Samuel Sizer, each bought a plot here. The City of San Diego sold these 80-acre plots for the price of $1.25 per acre. Little did the Sizer brothers know that their plots of land, located between presentday Fay Avenue and La Jolla Boulevard, would be worth nearly $2 million per acre by the present day. When Frank Botsford arrived in San Diego in 1886, he wrote in his diary, “Magnificent day at La Jolla!” Like the Sizer brothers, Botsford purchased a plot of land and began developing it. With the help of George

The Cave Store (circa 1903-1904) was founded by Gustav Schulz in 1902. Heald, who purchased one-quarter interest of the property, Botsford surveyed and subdivided the land. Although Botsford could not find drinkable water in the area, he was still able to auction pieces of the land. Botsford’s foresightedness earned him the title “Father of La Jolla.” All about the artists In 1894, Anna Held, wife of composer Max Heinrich, created the Green Dragon Colony of La Jolla, a group of galleries overlooking La Jolla Cove, which provided a sanctuary for famous artists. Held, the former governess to Ulysses S. Grant Jr.’s children,

developed a cluster of beachfront cottages where artists including writers, composers and architects honed their crafts while reveling in the serenity of the cove. The site now is home to a mix of retail shops and restaurants. The Town Grows In the 1890s, the railroad extended to La Jolla, enabling additional growth. Around this time, real estate developers began to take an interest in the coastal property of La Jolla, constructing resorts to attract visitors from San Diego and the inland region. La Jolla Park Hotel opened its doors in 1893 and cottagestyle homes began to appear along Prospect

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Beachgoers enjoying the bath house in the summer of 1906. Street and Girard Avenue. It was during this time that La Jolla first became an artist colony and newspaper heiress Ellen Browning Scripps settled here. She was extraordinarily generous with her wealth and her name is on a number of landmarks and institutions in La Jolla, San Diego and around Southern California, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Ellen Browning Scripps Park. 20th Century Development La Jolla has grown dramatically from its 350 residents in 1900. When tourism began to make its mark by the end of World War I, La Jolla grew to 4,000. During this era, the beach cottage look began to give way to the elegant California Spanish style. As elsewhere in the nation, the 1929 stock market crash devastated local development and only a few houses were built until after World War

II. When the war began, 7,700 people called La Jolla home. After the war, many service members came back to settle in La Jolla and large subdivisions began sprouting up on the mountain slopes and old horse trails were paved over. By 1960, there were more than 17,000 people living in La Jolla. Today, there are over 40,000 people living here. RecreationaL Destination As La Jolla’s appeal as a seaside location grew during the 20th century, it became one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast, attracting naturalists, beachcombers, swimmers, divers, and surfers. Additionally, the favorable winds that swept over the hills and cliffs overlooking La Jolla made it a preferred site for flying sailplanes, and Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh

learned to fly gliders at Mount Soledad and Torrey Pines. La Jolla Today Remnants of La Jolla’s early settlers are still evident throughout the town, from the names of key institutions to the eclectic form of architecture, which has evolved over the decades. La Jolla is host to world-renowned research institutions, breathtaking beaches, distinguished art galleries and top-notch restaurants. The citizens of La Jolla are some of the most actively engaged in all of San Diego, advocating for or against numerous causes that affect their community. The La Jolla Historical Society is one organization that benefits from their involvement and continues to partner with the community as a resource for learning and gaining a greater appreciation of La Jolla’s heritage.

Markowitz, Department of Economics, and Mario Molina and Roger Tsien, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Kurt Wüthrich, K. Barry Sharpless and Gerald M. Edelman, The Scripps Research Institute; UCSD Dept. of Physics, Maria Goeppert-Mayer. World Wrestling Entertainment star Rey Mysterio THE COMMUNITY’S RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND UCSD have been home to a strong contingent of Nobel Laureates: Elizabeth Blackburn, Sydney Brenner, Roger Guillemin, Francis Crick and Robert W. Holley, The Salk Institute; Renato Dulbecco, the Salk and UCSD School of Medicine; Paul Crutzen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Robert Engle, Clive W.J. Granger and Harry Right: Marine biologist and folk singer Sam Hinton at Scripps institution of Oceanography, 1950. Left: Jonas Salk, pioneer of the polio vaccine.

AND THEN THERE’S THESE FAMOUS NATIVES who attended La Jolla schools: Raquel Welch, Cliff Robertson, Robin Wright, actress and author Danica McKellar and movie producer Sun Min Park. Others who went to local schools: Melissa Winter, deputy chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; Mark Teitelman director and television producer, Monday Night Football; TV and film writers Chris and Matt McKenna, former NFL player Shane Walton and Olympic sailors JJ Fetter and Andrew Campbell.


FAMOUS FOLKS WHO HAVE LIVED OR STILL LIVE IN LA JOLLA include the likes of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel; pioneer of the polio vaccine and founder of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies Jonas Salk; sportscaster and Padres announcer Dick Enberg; “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Gore Verbinksi; “Survivor” and “The Apprentice” producer Conrad Riggs; “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” actress Christine Garver; former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie; film executive Donald Deline; novelist Ann Rice; baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi; Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins; World Wrestling Entertainment star Rey Mysterio; Gateway Inc. founder Ted Waitt; the first Miss Universe Armi Kuusela; Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs; painter Richard Allen Morris; novelist Raymond Chandler; folk singer and marine biologist Sam Hinton; astronomers Geoffrey and Margaret Burbridge; and J. Craig Venter, one of the world’s leading genomic researchers who led the team that mapped the human genome. Former Massachusetts governor — and 2012 presidential candidate — Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain own land here as do a number of professional athletes.


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family+fun La Jolla Shores is one of La Jolla’s best beaches for all ages fun — from surfing and stand-up paddleboarding to playing in the sand. Matthew Burlile photo; inset Greg Wiest photo

When people think of La Jolla, the scenery along the Pacific Coast is among their first thoughts. Whether it’s WindanSea Beach and its reef break that put it on the map in the 1940s or the Children’s Pool at Casa Beach where harbor seals attract visitors to watch them loll around, the beaches and marine life are indelibly tied to La Jolla’s image. Here are just a few of the more famous beaches:


With soft sand and mild waves, La Jolla Shores’ mile-long beautiful beach offers great family fun. It is home to San Diego’s only oceanfront launch ramp where kayakers can directly access the coastal waters. In summertime, the waves at the Shores are generally calmer than at other area beaches, but rip currents can be strong so keep an eye on the lifeguard tower for up-to-date conditions. Beginner-level scuba, surf and kayak classes can be arranged at nearby shops. The beachside Kellogg Park features a junior-lifeguard themed playground. Public parking and restrooms are available. Located at 8200 Camino del Oro.


Shell Beach is located between the Children’s Pool and Boomer Beach, south of La Jolla Cove. Shell Beach is a great place for tidepooling and shell collecting, especially for small children. Snorkeling is popular in the beautiful reefs and deep waters. This location is ideal for those who don’t want to share the beach with a big crowd.


La Jolla Cove is located on Coast Boulevard north of Prospect Street a short walk from the Village commercial area. The Cove is a tiny — but well-known beach — tucked between sandstone cliffs. It’s the

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La Jolla Cove is a perfect beach for people-watching, sunning and swimming.

launching point for many of the swimmers who start their mornings throughout the year with a dip in the Pacific. One of three La Jolla beaches with lifeguards year-round and located within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, the Cove is also a good spot for diving and snorkeling, as long as surf conditions are calm. Public restrooms available. A small colony of sea lions has recently made a home at the Cove.


Much harder to access, Black’s Beach is known best for being the largest nude beach in the United States. It is also known to surfers as one of the best beach break spots in Southern California. The powerful waves are due to the underwater canyon located just offshore, and can be a dangerous spot, especially for beginners. It is located near the University of California San Diego.

Hours of surf and sand entertainment at La Jolla Shores.

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We checked out some great spots where you can spend the day with your children. Don’t forget your camera!

A tidepool excursion during low tide will yield a host of creatures located in intertidal zones in the natural environment, each with its own distinctive animal and plant life forms. You’re likely to see an array of hermit and other small crab species, several different types of mollusks and snails, including the brown lump-like Sea Hare and the “rock star” of the tidepool community: brittle stars. On those lucky occasions you may find a special treat — octopi, starfish, lobsters and purple spiky sea urchins. La Jolla boasts two great spots — access the Bird Rock tidepools at the beach off Sea Ridge Drive, just north of Tourmaline

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La Jolla’s tidepools offer a great opportunity to see creatures up close. Surf Park, and the beach south of The Marine Room restaurant, 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla Shores.


Take the youngsters to the La Jolla Recreation Center, where you can find playgrounds, basketball courts, a weight room and a variety of classes from tennis to hula. It was built in 1915 by Ellen Browning Scripps, whose residence was next door. There are fees for some classes and facilities use. (858) 552-1658.sandiego. gov/park-and-recreation/ centers/lajolla.shtml


Kayaks are a great way to explore the caves of La Jolla. Juli Lindquist photo

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Perhaps one of La Jolla’s most talked about spots is the Children’s Pool at Casa Beach. Created with a donation from La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, who gave money to build a seawall in 1931 to create a swimming beach for children, the beach is now home to a harbor seal rookery. Surrounded by a walkway

and various vantage points, it offers a great spot for reflection or viewing the seals. Pupping season is in mid-December to mid-May, when a barrier rope is place to protect the seals. Divers also use the beach to enter nearby waters.

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Seals at Casa Beach. Greg Wiest photo

Cave Store 1325 Coast Blvd. (858) 459-0746 Named by the author of “The Wizard of Oz,” the Sunny Jim Caves are a great place to explore by foot or by kayak. In 1902, a tunnel was dug to the cave where today you can explore entering through the Cave Store or by sea via kayak. If going by water, you’ll find six caves, but be careful of the tides and surf conditions. By foot, enter the cave at 1325 Prospect St.

Admission: $4 adults, $3 for ages 16 and younger. Birch Aquarium at Scripps 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-FISH. Birch Aquarium is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a picturesque bluff overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats and 6,000 fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. Birch Aquarium showcases discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science.


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Inspired A world of wonder at Birch Aquarium. Courtesy photo Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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The San Diego County Fair runs every summer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Greg Wiest photo Balboa Park 1549 El Prado San Diego, 92101 619.239.0512 Belmont Park 3146 Mission Blvd. San Diego, 92109 858.228.9283

Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, 92014 858.755.1161 Home to the Del Mar Race Track, San Diego County Fair, Surfside Raceplace satellite wagering facility and a host of yearround events.

Del Mar Horse Park 14550 El Camino Real Del Mar, 92014 858.794.1171 Del Mar Horsepark is a 65acre world-class equestrian facility that sits about three miles east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It offers two grass jumping stadiums

Belmont Park Roller Coaster in South Mission Beach was originally built in 1925. Belmont Park photo

with seating for 1,320; a dressage ring, four show rings and four training rings; a covered, lighted area, and 400 permanent show stalls. For riders ranging from beginners to Olympian levels. Del Mar Golf Center 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, 92014 858.481.0363 Features driving range and Pelly’s Mini Golf. Free Flight 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, 92014 858.481.3148 Tucked away off Jimmy Durante Boulevard

is Free Flight, a small sanctuary that is home to more than 40 exotic birds. Here, beneath a canopy of trees, you can walk the garden and meet birds such as Lapis and Ziggy, two Macaw parrots who are best friends and practically inseparable. Birds can be fed and gently handled. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for kids 13 and younger. North Coast Repertory Theatre 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D Solana Beach, 92075 858.481.1055 Live year-round performing arts theater.

Balboa Park’s December Nights is an annual tradition. Isaiah Leggett photo

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Petco Park — Home of the San Diego Padres

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Pelly’s Mini Golf 15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, 92014 858.481.0363 Miniature golf facility for kids and adults with a sea-life theme. Petco Park Home of the SD Padres 100 Park Blvd.San Diego, 92101; 619.795.5005;

The San Diego Polo Club presents free matches to the public.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park San Diego, 92101 619.238.1233;

The San Diego Polo Club 14555 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 858.481.9217

San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive Encinitas, 92024 760.436.3036

The San Diego Polo Club is situated on 80 acres of land near Rancho Santa Fe. It offers five world-class polo fields, including an

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exercise track, riding trails, a clubhouse and bar, a polo training school, and an outdoor lighted arena. The club’s season runs from June through October. Polo matches are presented to the public every Sunday at 1:30 p.m., and lessons are also offered.

San Diego Zoo 2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park San Diego, 92101 619.231.1515 San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 92027 760.747.8702

the Cliff Hanger Café and provides a launching site for hang gliders, paragliders and scale models and sailplanes. Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course 1148 North Torrey Pines Road (858) 581-7171 The two 18-hole municipal

courses are a well-known PGA Tour stop. Their tight fairways, challenging rough, trees, bunkers, sand and sometimes winds coming off the Pacific, will test players’ skills. Facilities include a driving range, practice greens and a restaurant at the adjacent Lodge at Torrey Pines.


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Torrey Pines Gliderport

SeaWorld 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, 92109 619.226.3901 Torrey Pines Gliderport 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive (858) 452-9858 This historic gliderport on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean is home to a free flight school and

Torrey Pines Golf Course offers two beautiful championship 18-hole courses.

faith directory

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Baha’i Faith (858) 274-0178 The San Diego Temple (858) 622-0991 Chabad of La Jolla (858) 455-5433 Coast Vineyard Church (858) 456-5045 Congregation Adat Yshurin (858) 535-1196

Congregation Beth Israel (858) 535-1111

Fourth Church of Christ Scientist (858) 454-2266

Congregational Church of La Jolla (858) 459-5045

Harbor Presbyterian (858) 457-4491

Experience Church (858) 361-0612 Friends Meeting — La Jolla (858) 456-1020

Jehovah’s Witness (858) 454-8211 The Kabbalah Centre of San Diego (in UTC) (858) 535-0447 La Jolla Christian Fellowship (858) 454-9636 La Jolla Community Church (858) 558-9020 La Jolla Lutheran (858) 454-6459 La Jolla Presbyterian (858) 454-0713 La Jolla United Methodist (858) 454-7108 Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic (858) 454-2631 Mount Soledad Presbyterian (858) 459-3865 Prince Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (858) 459-0271 St. Anthony Antiochian Orthodox (858) 458-0992 St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal (858) 459-3421 Torrey Pines Christian Church (858) 453-3550 University Lutheran Church (858) 453-0561

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Sunset beach volleyball at La Jolla Shores. Greg Wiest photo

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important phone numbers





San Diego Police (619) 531-2000 or 911

La Jolla Light Weekly community newspaper, established in 1913 (858) 459-4201

San Diego International (619) 400-2404

Scripps Clinic Services include urgent care 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 554-9100 Scripps Memorial Hospital Services include emergency room care 9888 Genesee Ave. (858) 626-4123 UCSD Thornton Hospital Services include urgent and emergency room care 9300 Campus Point Drive (858) 657-7000

visitors services

Travelers Aid Society San Diego (619) 295-8393

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Lifeguards Emergency 9-1-1 Non-emergency (619) 221-8899 La Jolla Village Merchants Association Weather and Surf Conditions Recorded information, updated daily (619) 221-8824

Montgomery Field Located east of La Jolla, this general aviation airport includes a 3,400-foot lighted runway served by instrument landing and a control tower operating from 6 a.m., to 9 p.m. daily. montgomery

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San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau Offers information on La Jolla and nearby sites (619) 236-1212

La Jolla Post Office (800) 275-8777

McClellan-Palomar Located to the north in Carlsbad, this county airport offers United Express flights to Los Angeles along with airtaxi and charter services. airports/palomar.html



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