La Jolla California is considered the “Jewel” of the west coast and is one of the most highly sought after vacation destination spots of all of California’s beautiful beaches. La Jolla means “jewel” in Spanish and is aptly named. La Jolla is technically a neighborhood within the City of San Diego, and is located about 15 minutes from downtown San Diego. La Jolla is one of the most, if not the most, affluent communities in the nation. Despite it’s affluence it remains a typical casual Southern California typical beach and surf community where average families live and enjoy their beach and surfing standard of living with the thousands of tourists who visit here annually.
La Jolla has some of the finest upscale restaurants, beautiful beaches, art and various types of cultural galleries and events, hotels and breathtaking views of the Pacific found anywhere. La Jolla is home to the well known Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum. This is in addition to the University of California, San Diego. La Jolla is also home to many Bio-Tech and software corporations. Without a doubt, La Jolla California is a major part of the economic powerhouse of the City of San Diego and Southern California.
The residents of La Jolla are fortunate to be able to live in beautiful custom single family homes, large estate-executive style single family homes, beach cottages, modern condominiums, townhomes and beautiful apartments, along the beachfront and inland. Shopping options include large well known national retail stores, unique shops, one of a kind specialty shops, beach and surf shops and more. La Jolla itself is made up of several smaller neighborhoods where the 32,000 plus residents make their home.
The beaches in La Jolla are clean, with warm white sands and inviting all year long. There is La Jolla Shores beach which is about 1 mile long and has gentle surf for those surfers that are just starting out or with no experience. This is also a popular beach for scuba diving and is adjacent to the La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve where classes in scuba diving are offered. La Jolla Cove is a small beach, tucked beautifully between the sandstone cliffs. Because of its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. This north facing cove is ideal for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers and has water visibility of more than 30 feet and is part of the La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. One of the most popular outdoor recreation sports in La Jolla next to beach and surfing sports is golfing with some of the very best golfing taking place at Torrey Pines golf course close by.
Whether you live here or are just visiting, all can agree that La Jolla, California is a great place to live, to work and to raise a family, and the casual everyday lifestyle here in La Jolla is like no other standard of living anywhere.