You can't go to San Diego without spending some time in La Jolla California, whether for a dip in the cove, a blufftop walk or a visit to the Torrey Pines Gliderport.
Gorgeous coves and tropical foliage make this little area truly idyllic. La Jolla Cove is especially popular with snorkelers and swimmers.
Swimming here in the summer the water temperature can be perfectly delightful. Pelicans and kayakers hang out nearby. A beautiful bluff top grassy park has a walkway winding around the various coves.
The little village atmosphere the place is very conducive to wandering. There are many boutiques and galleries to browse. The Cottage restaurant, with its outdoor patio is a favorite place for a leisurely brunch.
The Art Museum is full of contemporary works. Up the road near UC San Diego, is the which was pleasantly uncrowded the day I was there. It's back porch has spectacular views. There are lots of fascinating fish tanks in one section, and many interactive exhibits on the other side. Out front is a much-better-than-average cafe where you can get lunch and sit outside by the large whale fountain.
Torrey Pines State Reserve has lots of hiking trails where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Nearby is the Gliderport.
Whenever in the La Jolla area, I love to stop at the Torrey Pines Gliderport and watch the brave paragliders and hang gliders soar above the ocean and Black's Beach below, where sunbathers enjoy a different type of risk: sunburning their not-so-private parts.
There is a casual cafe and shop where you can grab some coffee or a snack or even a paragliding lesson. They offer tandem flights with an instructor as well. Tables out on the bluff are for customers only, so be sure to buy something if you come to watch.
You'll find the gliderport located off of North Torrey Pines Road. (Take the Genesee exit off the I-5.)
To spend some time in this precious coastal community, you'll want to stay awhile. See:
La Jolla is located in North County San Diego, just south of Del Mar. It is a pleasantly small beach town from which you can base your San Diego vacation.
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