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La Jolla, California

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La Jolla Travel Guide


La Jolla is a small, picturesque, Mediterranean-style town on the coast of Southern California, best known as the home of Dr. Seuss, America's most famous, most prolific, most beloved children's books author – think The Cat in the Hat, Lorax and Horton the Elephant. The town itself is nestled in the hills directly above La Jolla Cove, and filled with Mediterranean and New Wave California architecture. It has trendy little shops, boutiques, galleries, cafés, bistros and restaurants, albeit a bit pricey, and luxury hotels and private clubs where the rich and famous mingle. It also boasts a small number of delightful, sun-drenched beaches and a couple of lush parks, notable among them the coastal Torrey Pines State Reserve, just to the north of town. Besides which, there's a university of note here, the University of California, San Diego, sprawled on a mesa overlooking the ocean.


La Jolla is located approximately 14 miles (23 km) north of San Diego, or 105 miles (168 km) south of Los Angeles, reached more or less directly Interstate 5 and a short detour westward. The nearest airport, too, is in San Diego.

How to Get There

La Jolla can be reached more or less directly Interstate 5 from the north or south – from either Los Angeles or San Diego – and a short detour westward. The nearest commercial airport is in San Diego.


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Know Before You Go

  • Best Time to Visit: May-November
  • Cost Per Day: $-$ (€-€)
  • Currency: Dollar USD (€1 ~ US$1.30)
  • Electricity: 120V - 60Hz | T-slot socket with 2 flat parallel prongs and a round pin
  • Phone Code: +1 858
  • Population: 43,000

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Last updated November 27, 2013
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