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America's Favorite Beach Towns

America's Best Beach Towns: La Jolla, CA

Chris A Selby / Alamy

No. 21 La Jolla, CA

This little enclave tucked into San Diego’s coastline has some of the best dining in the metro area—like the California cuisine of George’s at the Cove, or Nine-Ten, in the Grande Colonial Hotel. But it also packs in a lot of nature, such as the sunbathing sea lions at the Children’s Pool beach, and the uniquely fluttery pine trees at the Torrey Pines State Reserve. If you opt for a stand-up paddleboard lesson, you might hear some authentic surfer-speak—and indeed, readers gave La Jolla locals props for their accents.

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