Introduction To La Jolla

La Jolla California, is a seaside resort community of

around 25,000. Spanish for “the jewel”, it’s often

times referred to as “jewel by the sea”. La Jolla

borders the Pacific Ocean to the south and extends

north to Torrey Pines State Reserve and Del Mar,

California.

Along the way, La Jolla encompasses neighborhoods

like Bird Rock, Windansea, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla

Farms, Torrey Pines, Mount Soledad, and even La Jolla

Village.

Residents of La Jolla and business owners refer to

the “village” or “town” of La Jolla. The official

postal address for the zip code 92037 is actually La

Jolla, and not San Diego as it is for most

communities within the City of San Diego. Sometimes,

tourists get confused and believe that La Jolla is

actually a seperate city, which it isn’t.

La Jolla is a community of the City of San Diego.

La Jolla has several community groups that work to

unify the voice of the area, including several non

profit organizations.

With it’s palm lined streets, large homes, and

tropical climate and atmosphere, La Jolla is like

a southern European village with it’s own touch of

Beverly Hills along the retail shops on Prospect

Street. A lot of the natural charm from La Jolla

stems from the presence of the ocean and Mount

Soledad.

Several narrow curvy roads follow the contours of

Soledad with hundreds of nice homes overlooking the

ocean, nestled gently on the slopes. There are

several sandy beaches here as well, including the

Windansea Beach, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Beach,

and La Jolla Shores.

La Jolla also has the Torrey Pines Golf Course,

which was made famous by the PGA Tour Buick

Invitational held there each February. Down the

steep cliffs frm the golf course is the famous

Black’s Beach.

The downtown area of La Jolla is well known for

it’s jewelry stores, upmarket restaurants, and

even hotels. Prospect Street and Girad Avenue

also offer several famous boutiques. Well known

for its architectural and historical presence is

the La Valencia Hotel, which used to welcome movie

stars on retreat from Hollywood.

Recently, harbor seals have taken over the Children’s

Beach, which is a quiet man made cove near the

downtown area. The seals are protected under

federal law, so removing them is nearly impossible.

Now, the beach is open, as the rope is down.

Swimming here is allowed, although it’s not

recommended.

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