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La Jolla, California Travel Guide

If you crave some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of San Diego, just head due north (about 10 minutes) toward the coast. You will discover a sweet little jewel called La Jolla. No trip to La Jolla should start without a visit to the The Cave Store, located on the north end of Coast Boulevard at the end of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Sure, it doesn't look like much on the outside, but just take the 144 steps down in to the entrance of Sunny Jim's Cave. You'll understand why this spectacular sight was given it's funny, sunny name when you see the outline of the cave entrance.....

La Jolla is one of the most beautiful coastal places in California, and it is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway or a week-long vacation for the entire family. There are many rentals, boutique hotels, and condos that hug the oceanfront and nearly all of them have a boat captain's view. You will want to book your trip early, as the prime locations fill quickly. This picturesque little town boasts a plethora of upscale and boutique shopping on Girard Avenue and Prospect Place. he legendary shopping district is dotted with delis that serve up the ordinary and the extraordinary. Prepare to spend an entire day just hitting all the specialty boutiques and galleries.

Another big draw in La Jolla is the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute. The Scripps Institute has long been renowned for their oceanic research and preservation efforts. At the Birch Aquarium, you can enjoy watching sharks, fish, and seahorses, and the kids will love the Tidal Pool Discovery Center, where they can interact with live tidal creatures. On selected dates, the Scripps Institute hosts the Full Moon Pier Walk. Normally, the pier is closed to the public, but during the Pier Walk you can accompany the folks from Scripps as they give you a moonlit tour and collect wildlife specimens and water samples.

The Ellen Browning Scripps Park stretches along the coast of La Jolla and is something straight out of a Frank Capra movie. The white fenced walkways are a leisurely stroll, and cliffs beckon visitors to gaze off in to the cove and spot dolphins, kelp beds, pelicans, and seals. If the kids want to get up close to seals, visit the south end of the park at a place knows as Children's Pool Beach. The seals have taken over what was once a docile water stretch of beach. It is now a seal preserve area. There is also snorkeling and kayaking available in the cove area.

When your sight-seeing is done, visit Top of The Cove restaurant which boasts an outstanding menu and an internationally recognized wine list. The only thing more amazing than the food is the view of the ocean! There are also many nightclubs, jazz clubs, and The Comedy Store to round out the perfect night under the twinkling La Jolla stars.

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