The Exceptional Vacation Activities of La Jolla, CA
With a premier location in La Jolla’s Torrey Pines area and complimentary shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotel, Estancia offers easy access to the top sights and recreational activities found in Southern California. In the immediate area, guests can tee off at a cliff-top PGA course, hike among the nation’s rarest pine trees, witness world-class art exhibitions, and dig their toes into the sand of California’s best beaches. Just a short drive beyond, world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld guarantee unforgettable vacation memories.
- Black’s Beach
- La Jolla Shores
- La Jolla Cove
Within walking distance of our La Jolla hotel, Black’s Beach is one of Southern California’s more secluded sections of shoreline and is not accessible by car. Though renowned as San Diego’s only clothing-optional beach, the true allure of Black’s Beach lies in its fast, powerful waves that attract the region’s best surfers.
La Jolla Shores
A mile-long beach featuring white sand, scenic views, and gentle waves great for casual surfing or kayaking. Snorkelers are likely to see stingrays, schools of bright orange fish, and the occasional small and harmless leopard shark. Beyond the sand, La Jolla Shores is family-friendly with a beach playground for kids and a grassy lawn area for picnicking.
La Jolla Cove
This ecologically-protected area provides a natural elevated walkway for visitors to stroll above the ocean and groups of frolicking sea lions. It’s a wonderful spot to relax, unwind from the day, and take in the panoramic sunset.
- Torrey Pines Reserve
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Witness paragliders run off the edge of lofty oceanside bluffs, only to soar even higher on the sea breezes. Thrillseekers can even take to the air themselves on an instructional tandem flight.
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Accented by striking red cliffs and rare pine trees, this oceanfront state park is truly one of the most beautiful locations in all of San Diego, and is beloved by visitors and locals alike. Grab lunch to go from Blend and spend the day hiking one of the many preserved trails that lead to ocean vistas or down to the sand.
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Famous for being the site of the 2008 U.S. Open, Torrey Pines is arguably San Diego’s top course. Located atop seaside cliffs, golfers enjoy incredible Pacific Ocean views as they maneuver the two pristine courses.
Arts & Culture
- Salk Inst.
- Stuart Collection
Acclaimed by architecture critics as one of the world’s boldest structures, The Salk Institute is dramatic in both location and layout. Founded by polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk, the facility is also known for its grand achievements in modern day medical research. Learn about the institute’s impressive feats in both architecture and academia on a 60-minute tour.
Take a self-guided tour of the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego. Scattered across the campus are 18 contemporary works, including sculptures by Niki De Saint Phalle and a 560-foot-long serpent footpath leading to a library dedicated to La Jolla resident Dr. Seuss. Maps are available at the concierge desk.
La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse is dedicated to new theatrical forms and has launched 24 productions that transferred to Broadway, including Jersey Boys. This world-class Tony Award-winning theater is located on the University of California, San Diego campus and tickets may be reserved through the concierge.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Offering a unique blend of contemporary art and natural beauty, this museum is located in what was once the oceanfront home of local philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. The Irving Gill-designed building allows visitors to take in the fabulous ocean view from the Edwards Garden Gallery or enjoy lunch on the patio at the Museum Café.
- San Diego Zoo
- Balboa Park
Explore the wonders of the ocean at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Perched on a picturesque bluff in La Jolla, the aquarium features 60+ tanks of colorful marine life, including dazzling coral reefs, thrilling sharks, undulating jellyfish and three outdoor, living tide pools. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries on climate, earth, and ocean science.
SeaWorld San Diego
Spend the day interacting with dolphins, feeding sea lions, and getting soaked on exciting rides! There are several shows and aquariums which make it a fun and educational experience that you and your family with surely enjoy.
San Diego Zoo
With over 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world, the San Diego Zoo is one of the most impressive zoos in the world. The 100-acre zoo features two aviaries full of exotic birds, polar bears, and monkey trails. It’s also one of the few zoos that have giant pandas on display. The zoo is easy to navigate by foot, bus, or a gondola lift that provides a scenic aerial view of the park.
The 1,200-acre park is home to 15 major museums, several performing arts venues, lovely gardens, and many other cultural and recreational attractions, including the San Diego Zoo.