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Check out La Jolla: The secret hideaway for the Hollywood elite

The beautiful picturesque town of La Jolla is located on the outskirts of San Diego.

It is a perfect pit stop if you are visiting California from overseas.

And it’s a great getaway for those living in Los Angeles.

With an abundance of art galleries, cute shops and great restaurants it’s also family friendly and offers a romantic break for couples.


La Jolla just outside San Diego, CA, has long been a favorite with the Hollywood elite. Pictured is its most gorgeous hotel La Valencia

La Jolla’s best place to stay

The jewel in the crown of La Jolla Village, as it is known, is La Valencia.

This stunning hotel has amazing views of the coastline and a beautiful pool.

A favourite of the Kardashian clan, who come and stay ever year this chic spot is also known as The Pink Lady, thanks to its pale rose colour.

The hotel has a superb chef, who has some great health and wellness options on the menu at The Med restaurant.

See and be seen on the patio, watching the world go by.

Or head out to the hotel’s balcony where you can catch some beautiful views of the sunset.

La Valencia has some great events on throughout its Summer Series – Paella Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, and plenty of live music.

The building has sat majestically on the shoreline serving clientele since it opened its doors in 1926

The stunning top level suite at La Valencia which has ocean views

Watch the sun go down while sipping champagne

Throughout the summer the hotel puts on special themed evenings – this was all for paella night which was amazing!

Things to do

If you fancy some gentle exercise take a stroll around La Jolla Cove.

It’s one of the most well known attractions in the town.

With crystal-clear blue water, and pleasant swimming temperatures, you can go snorkeling and scuba diving, getting visibility up to 30 meters on some days.

The colony of sea lions which lounge around all day on the rocks are the most famous residents at the Cove.

Try walking out on the rocks and get up close and personal with them.

They are a fragrant bunch, so be prepared for their strong odor!

The pitcuresque La Jolla cove has some residents who can get a bit noisy, but they are great to watch all the same

Another option to try is kayaking if you want to see them from the water.

Taking to the ocean also gets you close to the Sunny Jim Sea Cave.

It was used to smuggle alcohol into the town during the Prohibition in the 1920’s.

It’s the only sea cave in southern California which is accessible from land.

Go via a steep and slightly scary passageway which runs from The Cave Store, which is the oldest building in La Jolla.

Chinese laborers constructed the tunnel and finished by the end of 1903.

Check out one of the amazing coastal walks

Early visitors had to use a rope to get down, which meant it was a rather treacherous tourist attraction.

However, now adults can climb down the 145 steps in the tunnel to the water for $5USD.

For children aged five and under the price is $3USD.

Some famous residents of La Jolla

Frank Baum, who wrote the Wizard of Oz, lived in the area and named the cave after a cartoon character called Sunny Jim.

IT was a mascot for the British Force Wheat cereal products in the 1920’s.

This Monterey Cyprus, provided the inspiration to Theodor Geisel, the author of the Dr Seuss series, for his ‘Truffula Trees’

You’ll see some pretty special sunsets at La Valencia

Another famous resident was the author of the Dr Seuss series – Theodor Geisel.

He moved to La Jolla in 1953.

The Monterey Cypress on the coast inspired him to feature ‘Truffula Trees’ in his book The Lorax.

Finally if something a little more energetic is more your style check out an electric bike ride tour with San Diego Fly Rides.

You can read all about my experience here.


The Lot is the most luxurious cinema experience you will have – and they have an amazing bar and restaurant which serve the screening rooms

A marriage of old and modern

Another option in La Jolla is The Lot – a fabulous new cinema concept.

This venue has a stunning restaurant which also services the luxury screening rooms with a full menu.

Kick back and relax in leather reclining chairs which are so comfortable many cinema goers end up falling asleep while watching the movie.

All things considered if you are after a bit of R and R to unwind – La Jolla is a great spot to visit.

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Tucked away behind the lovely restaurant are the screening rooms