Summers in California has quickly become my favourite part of the year. I’ve gotten to run off to Cali two years in a row and I’m always so glad that I did. This summer I visited San Diego for the first time. And still, to this day, I dream about those La Jolla sunsets.

If you’re travelling to San Diego, I think it’s worth to spend an entire day in La Jolla. Yes, it can get busy during the summer months, as it’s both a popular tourist and family destination to spend the afternoon. But even bustling with people strolling the beaches, La Jolla was so tranquil and peaceful to me. Definitely a place you won’t forget.

Start your morning off with brunch at The Cottage. It’s such an adorable little restaurant. Their wait can get a little crazy on weekends but is well worth it. The Cottage is also conveniently located 5 minutes away from both La Jolla beach as well as The Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego—both definitely worth visiting after brunch.

From there, stroll up from La Jolla beach to the Children’s Pool for some classic San Diego photos. There are stunning views of the cliffs between the beach and the pool—definitely take your time getting from one place to the other.

You can walk further north along the coast to get to the infamous La Jolla coves. Want that perfect Instagram rock formation bikini photo? You’ve come to the right place 😉. All jokes aside, if you’re in La Jolla you definitely have to pay the cove a visit. This will be family CENTRAL so if you’re looking to tan and read, this is probably not the place. But grab some ice cream and park your booty on a bench here; I promise you won’t be disappointed.

If you want to take a break from the Ocean (although I’m sure you won’t), go take a mid day shopping break on Girard Ave. Located right next to the beach in Downtown La Jolla, this area is known for its mix of unique boutique shops, mall stores, and higher-end establishments like Cartier. There are also tons of cute coffee shops if you want to grab a quick bite for lunch!

Once it gets closer to sunset, head back to the cove and just watch. If you want dinner with a view, I’d HIGHLY recommend George’s On The Cove. This was definitely easily one of our favourite spots that we discovered on the trip. Make sure when you’re making reservations at George’s, to ask to be seated on their Ocean Terrace level. If you can only visit one place from this entire article, this would be it. Trust!

Angel Zheng

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