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visitor guide

37th edition | 2018-2019 | map inside | $3.50

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ART | FURNISHINGS | JEWELRY | FASHION | ARRANGEMENTS La Jolla Village 7938 Herschel Ave. #E, La Jolla, CA 92037 (next to Karl Strauss restaurant)

858-291-8041 |

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

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 © 2018


Visitor Guide 2018-2019

6 calendar of events 12 best views 16 walking tours 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 and background photos by John Cunningham Instagram: itsadogslife5

calendar of events


Here are some of La Jolla’s ongoing and best entertainment bets. For the latest events, visit Athenaeum Music & 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 780 Prospect Street (858) 459-5335 The Society presents rotating exhibitions on topics of art, culture, and history in its galleries. Open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday 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 Sundays, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. rain or shine. Corner of Girard Ave. at Genter St. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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 20 years. Murals of La Jolla Collection View 16 contemporary public artworks located throughout 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 La Jolla campus at 700 Prospect St. closed for a major renovation. MCASD at 1100 Kettner Blvd, in downtown San Diego is open.

june “The Squirrels” Through July 8 La Jolla Playhouse  2910 La Jolla Village Drive  (858) 550-1010 La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 2018 season closer 7:30 p.m. June 9 and 2 p.m. June 10

Steven Schick conducts “A Line Broken” with guest artists Helga Davis and Priti Gandhi, sopranos; Patrick Walders, baritone; Peter Evans, trumpet; Mark Dresser, contrabass. UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 5344637 Full Moor Pier Walks Along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour.  Must pre-register. Call for late summer-early fall dates, (858) 534-3474. $30-$35 Green Flash Concert Series 6 p.m. June 20  Steve Poltz 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95 JCompany Youth Theatre RAW summer series “Mystery Flavor”  7 p.m. June 21 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 Fourth Friday Jazz  Lori Bell, Ron Satterfield and Josh Nelson CD release concert titled “Blues” 8 p.m. June 22 La Jolla Community Center  6811 La Jolla Blvd.  (858) 459-0831.

july “Queens” July 3-29 La Jolla Playhouse

Full Moon Pier Walk at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography photo

2910 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 550-1010 20th Annual Athenaeum Summer Festival 4 p.m. Sundays  July 1, 8, 15 and 22 $45-$165 single, $152-$620 series Pianist Gustavo Romero performs a selection of works from his 19-year involvement with the Summer Festival Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St.  (858) 454-5872 JCompany Youth Theatre “Frozen, Jr.” July 13-29 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 Green Flash Concert Series 6 p.m. July 18 The FIXX 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95 Fourth Friday Jazz Christopher Hollyday, Ed Kornhauser and Mackenzie Leighton perform the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington 8 p.m. July 27 La Jolla Community Center  6811 La Jolla Blvd.  (858) 459-0831.

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august La Jolla Music Society SummerFest concerts Aug. 3-24 11 concerts celebrate Cho-Liang Lin’s 18 years as LJMS music director Single tickets on sale June 11 (858) 459-3728 Flicks on the Bricks film-and-wine series returns with “San Diego Noir,” a look at films with scenes or connections to San Diego. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in August Aug. 2: Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947) and The Clay Pigeon (1949) Aug. 9: Tension (1949)   Aug. 16: The Brothers Rico (1957)    Aug. 23: The Grifters (1990) $10-$15, wine available for purchase Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872. JCompany Youth Theatre “Songs for a New World”  6 p.m. Aug. 5 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348

“Seize the King” at La Jolla Playhouse. Courtesy photo “Seize the King” Aug. 21 to Sept. 16 La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive  (858) 550-1010 Fourth Friday Jazz  Peter Spraugue, Leonard Patton and Tripp Spraugue perform The Jazz Tradition of Improvisation 8 p.m. Aug. 24 La Jolla Community Center  6811 La Jolla Blvd.  (858) 459-0831.

Taste at the Cove Late August Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove (858) 492-1116

september “Hundred Days” Sept. 22 to Oct. 21 La Jolla Playhouse 2910 La Jolla Village Drive  (858) 550-1010

Green Flash Concert Series 6 p.m. Aug. 15 Performer to be announced 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95 UCSD Moores Cancer Center’s Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational Aug. 19 7 a.m. Surfing Tournament, 11:30 a.m. Luau Beach below Scripps Pier

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

San Diego Restaurant Week Sept. 23-30 Price-fixed menus from hundreds of area restaurants


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Green Flash Concert Series season closer 6 p.m. Sept. 20 Pine Mountain Logs and Venice 21 and older event Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2300 Expedition Way (858) 534-3474 $30.95-$35.95 Fourth Friday Jazz Sacha Boutros and Mikan Zlatkovich perform “Sacha sings Sinatra” 8 p.m. Sept. 28 La Jolla Community Center  6811 La Jolla Blvd.  (858) 459-0831.

october La Jolla Art & Wine Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6-7 Wine and beer garden, entertainment, food, silent auction, family art center and hand-picked and juried collection of artists. Along Girard Avenue JCompany Youth Theatre “Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame” Oct. 19 - Nov. 4 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 San Diego Triathlon Challenge Oct. 21 La Jolla Cove Swim one mile, bike 44 miles, run 10 miles Fourth Friday Jazz  Melissa Morgan, Sam Hirsh and Alex Frank perform

San Diego Triathlon Challenge. Greg Wiest photo highlights from the Great American Songbook 8 p.m. Oct. 26 La Jolla Community Center 6811 La Jolla Blvd.  (858) 459-0831. San Diego Jewish Film Festival mid-season screening Film and date to be announced Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 457-3030

Tan Dun’s “Water Concerto” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka.” Steven Schick on solo percussion. *Program and artist subject to change without notice UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive (858) 534-4637 Veteran’s Day Ceremony Noon, Nov. 11 Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial (858) 459-2314

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

USTA Hard Court Tennis Championships Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club 2000 Spindrift Drive (858) 551-4605



La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 4 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 Steven Schick and Michael Gerdes conduct. Program: “Zosha di Castri’s “Lineage,”

“The Year to Come” Dec. 4-30 La Jolla Playhouse  2910 La Jolla Village Drive  (858) 550-1010

Greg Wiest photo

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La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 Steven Schick conducts. Program: Florence Price’s “Violin Concerto No. 2,” Qing Qing Wang’s “Nee Commission” and G. F. Handel’s Mozart arrangement of “Messiah.” Soloists: Danielle Talamentes, soprano; mezzo-soprano TBA; Derek Chester, tenor; Kerry Wilkerson, bass-baritone; David Buckley, violin *Program and artist subject to change without notice UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive (858) 534-4637

Annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Girard Avenue and La Jolla Recreation Center

january 2019

Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 24-27 Torrey Pines Golf Course (858) 886-4653

february 2019

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim 10 a.m. Jan. 1 La Jolla Shores near the lifeguard tower

“Diana” Feb. 19 to March 31 La Jolla Playhouse  2910 La Jolla Village Drive  (858) 550-1010

JCompany Youth Theatre “Disney Newsies, Jr.” Jan. 11-27 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348

29th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival February date TBA Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 457-3030

San Diego Restaurant Week Mid-January, week TBD Price-fixed menus from hundreds of area restaurants

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 10 Steven Schick conducts. Program: LJ White’s “Commission,” Philip Glass’ “Cello Concerto No. 2” and Anton Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 3” *Program and artist subject to change without notice. UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 534-4637

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

march 2019 Pacific Coast Doubles Tennis Tournament March 7-10 La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (858) 551-4605 JCompany Youth Theatre “Madagascar, Jr.” March 8-24 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348 La Jolla Symphony & Chorus March 16-17 Patrick Walders conducts. Program: Béla Bartók’s “Romanian Folk Dances” and “Dance Suite” and Alec Roth’s “A Time to Dance.” *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 2019 15th annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 12-14 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 21  Begins at the Del Mar Fairgrounds ends at La Jolla Cove (760) 692-2900

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

may 2019 La Jolla Symphony & Chorus 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 and 2 p.m. Sunday May 5 Michael Gerdes conducts. Program: Julie Wolfe’s “Fuel” with film by Bill Morrison, “Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 5.” *Program and artist subject to change without notice. UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 534-4637 JCompany Youth Theatre “1776” led by an all-female cast May 10-19 Garfield Theatre at Jewish Community Center 4126 Executive Drive (858) 362-1348

La Jolla Garden Club Gardeners’ Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 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 self-guided 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 27 Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial  (858) 459-2314

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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.


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.


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.

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. John Cunningham photo

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One of La Jolla’s best-known 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.


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.

Watching surfers at WindanSea Beach. John Cunningham photo

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:


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 la jolla visitor guide 2018-2019

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


La Jolla Historial Society’s walking tour will take you past some of the treasures in the central Village. Set aside about 90 minutes as for the 0-block 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.,,


The newest way to get an artistic view of the community is by seeking out the Murals of La Jolla, under the auspices of

Spectacular views at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. .John Cunningham photo

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


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 70,000pound 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 stuartcollection.ucsd. edu. You can also sign up for tours of the campus at



La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2018 celebrates Cho-Liang Lin’s 18 years as Music Director. Matthew Fernie photo


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La Jolla Music Society 7946 Ivanhoe Ave., Ste. 309 (858) 459-3728 As one of Southern California’s 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. La Jolla Music Society will take residence in its new home, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center located at 7600 Fay Avenue, in the spring of 2019. The Conrad will serve as a heart of cultural, arts education, and community activity in La Jolla, housing events such as SummerFest, La Jolla Music Society’s nationally-recognized chamber music festival held each August. La Jolla Historical Society Located in historic Wisteria Cottage 780 Prospect Street near the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

THE LOT 7611 Fay Avenue 858.900.4004 THE LOT is the newest lifestyle and entertainment experience venue. It’s 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. la jolla visitor guide 2018-2019

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.



Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery 7946 Ivanhoe Ave. (858) 551-2010 www.contemporary finearts 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 Pascal’s “Aquarius” 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.

San Diego Symphony For tickets: (619) 235-0804

Martin Lawrence Galleries, La Jolla 1111 Prospect Street 858.551.1122 La Jolla’s premier gallery of fine art, specializing in original paintings, sculpture and limited edition graphics by the biggest names and best emerging artists. Boasting an unprecedented collection of original works by Warhol, Picasso, Chagall, Haring, Erté and many others. la jolla visitor guide 2018-2019

Join San Diego Symphony for San Diego’s finest entertainment on the waterfront at their annual Bayside Summer Nights concert series. Enjoy a lineup of world-class performers and experience comfortable table seating at the beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park South.



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The Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 | 877.477.1641 | The Marine Room is San Diego’s most exquisite dining experience. Its spectacular location and inspired cuisine, from fresh seafood to unique and inventive seasonal dishes, have made it one of the region’s most iconic restaurants. Award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver have created menus guaranteed to please the palate and entice the senses with imaginative dishes like Togarashi Sesame Spiced Ahi Tuna and Absinthe Butter Basted Lobster Tail. The cuisine is matched only by the unsurpassed ocean views, which get even better during the restaurant’s popular “High Tide Dinners,” when guests are treated to an amazing display of nature as waves splash against the floor-to-ceiling windows. Recently recognized as one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table, The Marine Room is truly a local treasure. Open nightly for dinner. Reservations recommended.

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american/ california Absolution by the Sea 7536 Fay Ave. (619) 202-4152 Beaming Organic Superfood Cafe: La Jolla 7863 Girard Ave., #201 (858) 263-1702 Beaumont’s Neighborhood Eatery 5662 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0474 Brockton Villa 1235 Coast Blvd. (858) 454-7393 Bubba’s Smokehouse BBQ 888 Prospect St. (858) 551-4227 Burger Lounge 1101 Wall St. (858) 456-0196 Café la Rue 1132 Prospect St (855) 476-6870 Catania 7863 Girard Ave., #301 (858) 551-5105 Cody’s La Jolla 8030 Girard Ave. (858) 459-0040

El Pescador Fish Market 634 Pearl St. (858) 456-2526 George’s at the Cove 1250 Prospect St. (858) 454-4244 Grater Grilled Cheese 723 Pearl St. (858) 459-0094

Prepkitchen La Jolla 7556 Fay Ave. (858) 875-7737 The Promiscuous Fork 6984 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-3663 Rimel’s Rotisserie 1030 Torrey Pines Rd. (858) 454-6045

The Grill at Torrey Pines 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd. (858) 777-6645

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery 8980 Villa La Jolla Dr. (858) 450-9277

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

Herringbone La Jolla 7837 Herschel Ave. (858) 459-0221

Smashburger 1000 Prospect St. (858) 900-3355

Cusp Dining & Drinks 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr. (858) 551-3620

THE MED 1132 Prospect St (855) 476-6870

Shores Restaurant 8110 Camino Del Oro (858) 456-0600

Duke’s La Jolla 1216 Prospect St. (858) 454-5888

Mustangs and Burros 9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd. (844) 201-9224

Whisknladle Bistro & Bar 1044 Wall St. (858) 551-7575

Come On In! Cafe 1030B Torrey Pines Rd. (858) 551-1063

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

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

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

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

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

China Chef 623 Pearl St. (858) 454-1368


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

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

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

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

breakfast/ coffee shops Bird Rock Coffee Roasters 5627 La Jolla Blvd (858) 551-1707

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 7863 Girard Ave., #105 (858) 291-8278 La Clochette Du Coin Coffee Shop 6830 La Jolla Blvd., Suite 101 (858) 291-8071

La Jolla has numerous restaurants, wine bistros and cafés to enjoy small bites.

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Harry’s Coffee Shop 7545 Girard Ave. (858) 454-7381 Living Room Coffee House 1010 Prospect St. (858) 459-1187 Pannikin Coffee & Tea Café 7467 Girard Ave. (858) 454-5453 Peet’s Coffee 7910 Girard Ave, Unit B. (858) 456-3819 Shorehouse Kitchen 2236 Avenida De La Playa (858) 459-3300 Starbucks 1150 Prospect St. (858) 551-5526 2206 Torrey Pines Road (858) 454-4423 5604 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-4037 Trilogy Sanctuary Café 7650 Girard Ave. #400 (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 Cafe Fruittitude 777 Girard Ave. (858) 459-8887

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Market & Grill 3211 Holiday Court (858) 535-9700 Juice Crafters 935 Silverado St. (858) 459-0569

Marketplace Grille 1030 Torrey Pines Road (858) 456-9576 Coffee Cup Café 1109 Wall St. (858) 551-8514 Nekter Juice Bar 834 Kline St. (858) 201-6095

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

Ohana Café 456 Pearl St. (858) 456-9009

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

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

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dessert Cold Stone Creamery 909 Prospect St. #225 (858) 454-2300 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 Street (858) 459-4381 Michele Coulon Dessertier 7556 Fay Ave. Ste. D (858) 456-5098 Sprinkles Cupcakes 8855 Villa La Jolla Dr. (858) 457-3800

A.R. Valentien 11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd. (858) 453-4420 Bistro Du Marché 7437 Girard Ave. (858) 551-7500 Crab Catcher 1298 Prospect St. (858) 454-9587 Donovan’s Steak & Chop House 1250 Prospect St. (858) 450-6666 Eddie V’s Prime Seafood 1270 Prospect St. (858) 459-5500 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 8970 University Center Lane (858) 535-0078 Georges at the Cove 1250 Prospect St. (858) 454-4244 James’ Place-La Jolla Playhouse Restaurant 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. UCSD campus (858) 638-7778

Sugar and Scribe Bakery 7660 Fay Ave. (858) 274-1733 Yogi Topi Frozen Yogurt 7501 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 456-1334 Yogurt Your Way 2134 Avenida de la Playa (858) 456-2000

fine dining Adobe El Restaurante (at Estancia Hotel) 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road (858) 550-1000 la jolla visitor guide 2018-2019

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 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 Osteria Romantica 2151 Avenida De La Playa (858) 551-1221 Piatti Ristorante & Bar 2182 Avenida De La Playa (858) 454-1589 Piazza 1909 7731 Fay Ave. (858) 412-3108 Sicilia Bella 7918 Ivanhoe Ave. (858) 263-4614

mexican Bahia Don Bravo 5504 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 454-8940

Pizza Pronto 7556 Fay Ave. (858) 459-9000 Regents Pizzeria 4150 Regents Park Row (858) 550-0406 Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza 702 Pearl St. (858) 456-5222

sushi Del Sushi 3251 Holiday Ct. (858) 202-1333

Don Carlos Taco Shop 737 Pearl St. (858) 456-0462

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos 639 Pearl St. (858) 459-0027

El Charro 2175 Avenida De La Playa (858) 459-7900


Galaxy Taco 2259 Avenida De La Playa (858) 228-5655 Jose’s Courtroom 1037 Prospect St. (858) 454-7655 Oscar’s Mexican Food 703 Turquoise St. (858) 488-6392 Puesto Mexican Street Food 1026 Wall St. (858) 454-1260 Rubio’s 8855 Villa La Jolla Dr. (858) 546-9377 The Taco Stand 621 Pearl St. (858) 551-6666 Verde’s El Ranchero 7404 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-5877

House of Pizza 8107 Camino Del Sol (858) 551-0125

Pizza on Pearl 617 Pearl St. (858) 729-0717

Shiku Sushi 1277 Prospect St. (858) 456-7118 Sushi Mori 2161 Avenida de la Playa (858) 551-8481

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

Isola Pizza Bar 7734 Girard Ave. (858) 412-5566

I Love Sushi 909 Prospect St. (858) 247-7051

thai Aroi Cafe 7523 Fay Ave. (858) 729-1883 Chedi Thai Bistro 737 Pearl St. (858) 551-8424 Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen 7734 Girard Ave., Ste. C (858) 456-0466



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Jewels by the Sea 1237 Prospect St., Suite B (858) 459–5166 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, 9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. rain or shine. Corner of Girard Ave at Genter Street Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.

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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.

The Faded Awning Coastal Interiors 7464 Girard Ave. (858) 456-7464 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, 10am- 6pm & Sundays 10am-4pm.

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. la jolla visitor guide 2018-2019

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history of la jolla C ourtesy L a J olla H istorical S ociety

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 Indian metates. Unfortunately, the remains are small and scattered, leaving historians unclear about the fate of these earliest inhabitants. So, What’s in a Name? La Jolla’s many name beaches La Jolla’s is a offer fun for all ages. somewhat controversial Greg Wiest photoamong town subject historians. No one knows where the name originated — whether it comes from the

Spanish word La Joya (which means “the jewel”) or from the Indian 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 present-day 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 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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The Cave Store (circa 1903-1904) was founded by Gustav Schulz in 1902. 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.

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


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Painter Richard Allen Morris, a local artist commissioned to create one of the Murals of La Jolla.

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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.

World Wrestling Entertainment star Rey Mysterio W.J. Granger and Harry 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. 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,

Marine biologist and folk singer Sam Hinton at Scripps institution of Oceanography, 1950. 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.

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la jolla’s best beaches


A picture-perfect day at La Jolla Cove. 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

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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.


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 wellknown beach — tucked between sandstone cliffs. It’s the 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.





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.


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.


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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 Surf Park, and the beach south of The Marine Room restaurant, 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla Shores.

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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. lajolla.shtml


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

Seals at Casa Beach. Tidepools below. Greg Wiest photos

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A world of wonder at Birch Aquarium. Courtesy photo

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 midDecember to mid-May, when a barrier rope is place to protect the seals. Divers also use the beach to enternearby waters.

more cool stuff Birch Aquarium at Scripps 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla 858-534-FISH Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Birch Aquarium inspires guests to understand and protect the ocean word through engaging animal displays and handson activities that highlight research from the worldrenowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

Kayaking is a great way to spend a day. Courtesy 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.



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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 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.

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The San Diego County Fair runs every summer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Greg Wiest photo 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. 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; Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park San Diego, 92101 619.238.1233;; San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive Encinitas, 92024 760.436.3036 The San Diego Polo Club 14555 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 858.481.9217 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 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

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 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

Torrey Pines Golf Course. 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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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 Congregational Church of La Jolla (858) 459-5045 Experience Church (858) 361-0612 Friends Meeting — La Jolla (858) 456-1020 Fourth Church of Christ Scientist (858) 454-2266 Harbor Presbyterian (858) 457-4491 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

St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal

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University Lutheran Church (858) 453-0561

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San Diego International (619) 400-2404

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

San Diego Police (619) 531-2000 or 911

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 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

La Jolla Post Office (800) 275-8777 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

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 San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau Offers information on La Jolla and nearby sites (619) 236-1212 Travelers Aid Society San Diego (619) 295-8393

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La Jolla Visitor Guide 2018  

Visitor Guide

La Jolla Visitor Guide 2018  

Visitor Guide