La Jolla

Seal Beach, La JollaSupposedly named after the word “jewel” (”la joya”) in Spanish, or a corruption of a pirate’s “Ahoy,” La Jolla is most likely “La Jolla” after the Native American word “Woholle,” which translates into “hole in the mountain,” a reference to the caves in the cliffs next to La Jolla Cove Park.

True or not, all these origins of La Jolla’s name point at the surfside resort community’s culture: technically part of San Diego, it shares in the city’s Spanish origins; a Mediterranean climate and vibe make La Jolla seem a southern Euro treasure; and its dramatic coastline of caves, cliffs, and canyons gives off rugged island glamour.

As gorgeously rough as La Jolla’s landscape is, its downtown is posh: upscale boutiques and famed restaurants make Prospect St. and Girard Ave. feel a touch Beverly Hills, La Valencia Hotel was a movie star fav during the silent film era, and PGA TOUR Buick Invitational is hosted by Torrey Pines Golf Course.

La Jolla’s Location in San Diego

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At La Jolla’s south is Pacific Beach, at its north is Torrey Pines State Reserve and Del Mar, at its east the Interstate 5 (I-5) freeway, and at La Jolla’s west is the Pacific Ocean.

La Jolla’s Weather

On average, La Jolla reaches highs of 77°F (August-September) and chills lowest at about 50°F (December-January).


On La Jolla’s eastern border is the I-5 Freeway, which connects to the 52, 274, 805, and 15.


La Jolla’s kindergartners through eighth graders have the innovative Integral Elementary School of La Jolla, and the public La Jolla High School is part of San Diego City Schools District. La Jolla’s prep schools include the Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day School, and the Preuss School UCSD, which is part of the University of California San Diego. UCSD is the main college of La Jolla, and National University is also located in La Jolla. There are several research institutes close to UCSD, including the Burnham Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Salk Institute.

Aug 2006