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Things to do in La Jolla

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in La Jolla. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite La Jolla attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in La Jolla to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in La Jolla.

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  • Carol Arklind

    Special Booking: For several Texan clients, Arklind orchestrated a classic Scandinavian Christmas holiday, with an airport transfer by dogsled and ... More
  • Charles Hecht Gallery

    The gallery represents more than 100 European and American artists. More
  • Doris White

    Excited about: Portugal as a soft-adventure destination. White’s a fan of the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, with easy hiking and biking paths.Years... More
  • Horseshoe Beach

    Named one of the top 20 beaches in the nation by Travel + Leisure, this isolated section of shoreline is located just south of downtown La Jolla, s... More
  • JEP Boutique

    Carries a small but chic collection of beachwear, from punky-preppy designs by Trovata to hipster shades by Initium. More
  • La Jolla Cove

    The clear waters and beautiful sandstone cliffs of La Jolla Cove make it one of the San Diego area’s most breathtaking spots. Time your visit with ... More
  • La Jolla Playhouse

    The theater is the perfect way to follow a beachside sunset viewing. More
  • Surf Diva Clinics

    This California-based surf school runs intensive weeklong surf camps for women in Costa Rica, between the months of November and July. The surf cam... More
  • The Artful Soul

    This shop sells handcrafted gifts like jewelry and purses by over 150 artists. More
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve

    Take an exhilarating morning hike through the home of the nation’s rarest pine trees as well as sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla Po... More

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