La Jolla Map for Visitors

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Welcome to La Jolla, CA

Print the La Jolla Tourist Map for details on what to see in the Village of La Jolla and La Jolla Shores. Also print the San Diego Tourist Map to see La Jolla’s location relative to other attractions in San Diego and how to get there. You can also ask your hotel for a copy for TourGuideTim’s map. Following are details on what you will find on the maps of San Diego, La Jolla Shores, and the Village of La Jolla:

San Diego Map

The San Diego Map shows 20 miles of San Diego beaches from Coronado to Torrey Pines. It includes which exits to use to visit Pacific Beach, La Jolla, La Jolla Shores, and Torrey Pines. Alongside the Map of San Diego are things to do in La Jolla and special offers for the Birch Aquarium, the Torrey Pines Golf Shop, and Kayak Tours.

La Jolla Shores Map

The La Jolla Shores Map shows the main beach area serving the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. This is the area for kayaking or snorkeling with Hike Bike Kayak, SCUBA diving, taking a surf lesson with Surf Diva, going for a long walk on the beach, visiting the Birch Aquarium, and finishing up with a great meal at Piatti.

La Jolla Shores is 12.5 miles or about a 22 minute drive north of downtown San Diego. It is between Torrey Pines to the north and the Village of La Jolla to the southwest.

Directions to La Jolla Shores

Take the La Jolla Village Drive exit off highway I-5, go west 1 mile and make a left on Expedition Way. For GPS, use the Birch Aquarium at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla CA 92037. From here, you can continue downhill on Downwind Way and make a left on La Jolla Shores Drive. Proceed to the 2nd traffic light and make a right on Avenida de la Playa to access the main business district and La Jolla Shores Beach.

If you are heading northbound on I-5 from downtown San Diego, you can also exit at La Jolla Parkway, make a right at the 4th traffic light on La Jolla Shores Drive and then a left at your first traffic light on Avenida de la Playa. For GPS, use Hike Bike Kayak at 2246 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037.

You can also visit La Jolla Shores on my La Jolla Tour or take the #30 bus from Old Town (also from downtown San Diego on weekdays) and get off at the stop between Paseo Dorado and Avenida de la Playa.

La Jolla Village Map

Overlooking the beach in La Jolla Cove
The La Jolla Village Map shows tourists the best place to go for a walk in San Diego and get the quintessential Southern California experience.

Walk along La Jolla Cove to watch the sea lions, pelicans, and cormorants play in the same area as ocean swimmers, snorkelers, divers and tourists. Enjoy beautiful views of the beach bluffs and the famous Sunny Jim Cave. Continue south past Scripps Park to view the seals resting on Seal Rock or on the beach known as Children’s Pool.

Walk up the hill one block into the ‘Village’ for an olive oil and wine tasting at We Olive or enjoy a meal from award winning chefs seen on the Food Channel at the Nine-Ten Restaurant or George’s at the Cove. There is a wide range of dining options including the Girard Gourmet, where the owners bring the produce from their own farm to make soups, sandwiches, and European-style baked goods.

Afterwards, browse through dozens of art galleries, including the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, MANGELSEN – Image of Nature, Glass Reveries and Carlton Gallery. Or, visit the dozens of boutique shops such as Fresh Produce Clothes, a national brand name that originated at a local La Jolla eatery, and Warwick’s Bookstore & Gifts, which has been run by the same family since 1896.

This is just a sampling of the things to do in La Jolla. Be sure to plan plenty of time for your visit.

Directions to La Jolla Village

La Jolla seals at Children's PoolHeading north from downtown San Diego, the easiest route is to exit I-5 at La Jolla Parkway, which will become Torrey Pines Road. (Continue straight.)

Heading south from North County San Diego, exit I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive and head west until reaching Torrey Pines Road, where you will make a left turn. Torrey Pines Road will eventually turn right as it merges with La Jolla Parkway.

For parking and those entering GPS coordinates, use 1055 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 as your destination. There is free street parking but most spots have time limits between 1 – 3 hours and can sometimes be hard to find. Most surface lots are private parking lots. At the corner of Herschel and 1055 Wall Street, there is a convenient underground parking garage that is inexpensive and in walking distance of the attractions. If you are driving into the Village on Torrey Pines Road, turn right on Herschel, continue 2.5 blocks and you will see the parking lot on your left just before reaching Wall Street.

Additional Ways to Visit La Jolla – The best way to visit La Jolla is to join me for a small group sightseeing tour, San Diego’s top rated bus and walking tour on Trip Advisor. You can also take Bus #30 from Old Town (also from downtown San Diego on weekdays) and get off just as the bus turns from Girard Avenue onto Silverado Street. A one-way taxi ride from downtown San Diego is about $41, not including tip.

Insider Tip – Three potential points of confusion:

  1. La Jolla is pronounced ‘La Hoya’.
  2. Among locals, the tourist area described above is known as the ‘Village’. There is a separate area 4 miles northeast of the ‘Village’ known as ‘La Jolla Village’, which is the retail district serving the university (UCSD) just off I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive.
  3. There are both sea lions (generally north of Scripps Park) and seals (generally south of Scripps Park). Yes, they can be seen year-round.

Get to Know La Jolla

Scripps Park La JollaYou are bound to fall in love with La Jolla. I serve guests on public, group, and private sightseeing tours of La Jolla and get to see first-hand the reaction of visitors as they set eyes on some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. Well-traveled guests have compared the views to those seen on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, the island of Majorca in Spain, and Capetown in South Africa.

A number of guests have stayed in touch as they make plans to move to La Jolla after falling in love with the area during the tour. If you see this happening to you, contact Michelle Silverman, a La Jolla Real Estate Expert who focuses on relocations. So, get to know some of the places I mentioned earlier and labeled on the map by browsing through the quick overviews below. At the bottom of each section for the Village, La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines, I also mention several other things to see and do. Enjoy!

Sightseeing Tours of La Jolla and Torrey Pines

Join TourGuideTim for a Bus & Walking Tour
1-231-Tim-Tour (846-8687) |

*See the Best Viewpoints
*Learn Fascinating History of National Significance

*San Diego’s Top Rated Bus Tour on Tripadvisor

*Individual Attention and Lots of Flexibility

*Public Tours are Small

*Ask about Customized Private and Group Tours


Places to Visit in the ‘Village’ of La Jolla

George's At The Cove La Jolla Trey FosheeGeorge’s at the Cove with Chef/Partner Trey Foshee

1250 Prospect Street | 858-454-4244 |

Three Levels of Inspired Ocean View Dining

California Modern | Ocean View Terrace | George’s Bar

Featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”

Travel + Leisure: “World’s Hottest Rooftop Restaurants”

We Olive - Olive Oil and Wine Tasting in La JollaWe Olive – Olive Oil Tasting & Wine Bar

1158 Prospect Street | 858-551-8250 |

Open Daily 10AM – 8PM

Complimentary tastings of California olive oils, vinegars, and gourmet food

Ocean View California Wine Bar with tastings

Happy Hour and Daily Specials

Nine-Ten Restaurant La Jolla Jason KnibbNine-Ten Restaurant and Bar with Executive Chef Jason Knibb

910 Prospect Street | 858-964-5400 |

Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Innovative Cuisine using the Freshest Local Produce

Seen on Iron Chef America – Award winning chefs Jason Knibb and Jack Fisher

Zagat: “Extraordinary to Perfection”

Girard Gourmet - European Bakery and DeliGirard Gourmet – European Bakery & Deli

7837 Girard Avenue | 858-454-3325 |

Open Daily 7AM – 7PM

Soups | Sandwiches | Salads | Hot Specialties

Fresh Bread | Cookies | Cakes | European Treats

Fresh Produce from the owner’s organic garden in the mountains

Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery La JollaContemporary Fine Arts Gallery

7946 Ivanhoe Ave | 858-551-2010 |

Collection of Internationally Acclaimed and Emerging Contemporary Artists

Styles: Landscape | Still Life | Abstract | Cityscape | Sculpture | Figurative

Artists: Pascal | Arkhipov | Gorban | Nisperos | Zhao | Burton

Voted “Best Gallery in La Jolla”

Mangelsen - Images of Nature - La JollaMangelsen – Images of Nature

7916 Girard Avenue | 858-551-9553 |

Thomas D. Mangelsen – Wildlife Photography in Books, Prints & Cards

Nature’s Best: “2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year”

BBC: “1994 Wildlife Photographer of the Year”

As seen in Audubon, Life, National Geographic, Today Show, ABC World News

Glass Reveries - Handmade Glass Wood Jewelry -  La JollaGlass Reveries

8008 Girard Avenue | 858-454-5277

Open Daily

Handmade Art & Jewelry from around the World

Glass Art | Wood Art | Jewelry | Lamps

Belgium | Russia | Indonesia

Carlton Gallery La JollaCarlton Gallery

1144 Prospect Street | 858-454-9102

Open Daily

Estate Jewelry

Oriental & Fine Arts

Decorative Furniture

Wall Street Art in Framing

1113 Wall Street | 858-459-8447 |

Featuring Paintings by Local Artists

Broad Selection of Frames

Custom Framing

Warwick's Books, Gifts, Stationery & ToysWarwick’s Books, Gifts, Stationery, & Toys

7812 Girard Avenue | 858-454-0347 |

Monday – Saturday: 9AM – 6PM; Sunday: 10AM – 5:30PM

The Country’s Oldest Family-Owned and Operated Bookstore

Books | Gifts | Stationery | Toys | Office Supplies

Weekly Author Events and Book Signings

Sunset Parking Garage La JollaSunset Parking – Options for Parking in La Jolla

These parking garages are marked on the Village of La Jolla Map

1055 Wall Street (Enter Parking Garage from Herschel Avenue)
Hours: 6AM – 10PM

Rates: $5 for 9 hours; $3 for 4 hours; $2 for 2 hours

1111 Prospect Street (Enter Parking Garage from Herschel Avenue)
Sunday to Wednesday: $5 Flat Rate if you leave by 6PM

Otherwise: $1 per 20 minutes with $15 max per day.

Michelle Silverman - Prudential California Real Estate - La JollaMichelle Silverman – Prudential California Realty

1299 Prospect Street | 619-980-2738 |

La Jolla Real Estate & Relocation Expert

San Diego Native with 20 Years of Coastal Real Estate Experience

Top Performing 1 – 2% of Prudential Professionals Nationwide

Author of one of the top blogs on Living in La Jolla

Grande Colonial Hotel

910 Prospect Street | 877-496-3115 |

2011 AAA Four Diamond Award Winner serving La Jolla since 1913

1 block from Pacific Ocean and seals at the Children’s Pool

Other Things To Do In the Village of La Jolla

Visit the TourGuideTim profiles for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, and the coastline at La Jolla Cove

Check out the the non-profit Ark Antiques, which supports animal charities, at 7620 Girard and the La Jolla Historical Society at 780 Prospect

Create a self-guided scavenger hunt to find the Murals of La Jolla

High above the Village: Mount Soledad Park & Veterans Memorial

Panoramic Views of San Diego County and the Pacific Ocean

One-of-a-kind Veterans Memorial with picture plaques of famous people

Best experienced by joining my La Jolla Tour (I’ll tell you about the historic achievement accomplished by Charles Lindbergh from this hilltop and more!)

Visit the TourGuideTim Mount Soledad profile on how to visit on your own.


Places to Visit in La Jolla Shores & Torrey Pines

Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography La JollaBirch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

2300 Expedition Way | 858-534-4109 |

Exploration Center for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

60+ Ocean Habitats to Explore | Tidepools | Feedings

See the Latest Research Discoveries on Climate, Earth & Ocean Science

Show the TourGuideTim La Jolla Visitor Map for $2 off Admission

Hike Bike Kayak in La JollaHike Bike Kayak

2216 Avenida de la Playa | 858-551-9510 |

Kayak Tours of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve & Sea Caves

Bike Tours down Mount Soledad and around La Jolla

Show the TourGuideTim La Jolla Visitor Map for $10 off any Tour

Kayak, Bike, and Boogie Board Rentals

Surf Diva - Lesson and Rentals - La JollaSurf Diva

2160 Avenida de la Playa | 858-454-8273 |

Party Wave – Daily Co-ed Group Surf Lesson

Private Surf Lessons | Standup Paddle Boarding Lessons & Rentals

Voted “Best Beachwear Shop in San Diego”

Featured in NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Sunset Magazine

Piatti - Italian Restaurant - La Jolla ShoresPiatti Restaurant & Bar

2182 Avenida de la Playa | 858-454-1589 |

Rustic Italian Cuisine, Extensive Wine Lists and Handcrafted Cocktails

Seasonally-inspired Lunch and Dinner Menus

Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Kid-friendly Menus

Indoor and Outdoor Patio Dining

Torrey Pines Golf Shop at the Torrey Pines Golf CourseTorrey Pines Golf Shop at the Torrey Pines Golf Course

11480 N. Torrey Pines Rd | 858-452-3226 |

Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset

Large selection of Torrey Pines Golf Course Memorabilia

Show the TourGuideTim La Jolla Visitor Map for 10% Off Purchase

Viewing Deck over the North & South Courses; See a U.S. Open Trophy

Other Things To Do In La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines

Visit the TourGuideTim profiles for:

Torrey Pines State Park – Hiking trails with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean

Torrey Pines Gliderport – Watch paragliding off 300 ft ocean cliffs

Salk Institute – Designed by Louis Kahn; Architecture Tours

La Jolla Playhouse – Tony-Award Winning Playhouse


Want to Learn More About La Jolla?

I’m happy you have a strong interest in learning more. I encourage you to join me for a tour that will take you throughout La Jolla. Until then, watch the picture slide shows of La Jolla prepared by TourGuideTim and read more about the area written by travel writer Elizabeth Hansen at


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