Nestled along the coastline north of San Diego lies the beautiful, hilly seaside town of La Jolla. Known as the one of the most affluent addresses in all of San Diego, La Jolla is the perfect place to dine, shop, and visit some of California’s most beautiful beaches.
I had heard all the rave reviews of La Jolla and was curious to see if it would meet my expectations. After landing in San Diego on a Friday afternoon in late March, we headed to our hotel in nearby Del Mar to check in and then drove straight to La Jolla. As soon as we arrived and we saw the spectacular, rugged 7-mile coastline I knew La Jolla would be wonderful. La Jolla is a place that anyone instantly falls in love with.
It was Spring Break for my children, Max and Sophia, and I was curious to see what they would think of the Pacific Ocean. They had never seen it before or experienced the feeling of the waves on their feet. After months of cold weather in Minnesota they both were desperately seeking the sun and the gentle wind on their bare arms and legs.
What makes La Jolla’s coast so spectacular is its diversity and wildlife. The oceanfront alternates from rugged hills to sandy beaches lined with flora and fauna unique to the area. The biggest highlight is the sea lions and seals who come to give birth to their young pups. It just so happens that we were there right after the pups were born and the entire Children’s Pool beach was filled with mothers and their young. We were excited to explore the coastline and of course see the seals.
The shoreline seemed to stretch forever and the aquamarine water went as far as the eye could see. The weather was about as perfect as humanly possible. A lovely, dry 78 degrees, a gentle sea breeze and a warm, inviting sun. There is no other word to describe San Diego’s climate than serene.
After exploring the view of the La Jolla caves, it was time to grab a quick bit to eat at one of La Jolla’s many restaurants in town. The kids were starving and couldn’t wait for a seven o’clock meal. We’d have to feed them something before heading back to the beachfront for an outdoor meal.
After a burger and fries for the kids and a glass of white wine for me, it was time to check out the Children’s Beach. The Children’s Beach was established in 1931 by local philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, who paid for a sea wall to be built protecting the beach and giving kids a special, safe place to play. Fortunately or unfortunately (however you look at it), sea lions and seals began using the beach for birthing and raising their young pups. Since 1992, more and more seals have settled from nearby Seal Rock Point to the Children’s Beach creating quite a controversy. Some people argue that the beach belongs to the children and the seals should go, while others believe that the seals should be protected and allowed to use their beach during pupping season. Regardless, seeing all the brand new baby seals was quite a lovely sight to see!
I loved seeing the seals in the wild as did the kids. There is something special about seeing wildlife free and where they belong. Priceless.
The sun was starting to set too soon. I wasn’t ready to leave. We got back into the car and drove to the north end of La Jolla near the beach and the surfers. Earlier I had noticed that it was filled with adorable little outdoor cafes and restaurants and I had my heart set on eating outside.
We found a nice little Italian restaurant and enjoyed a delightful meal on the patio. Since the kids had already ate, they had dessert. Oh what a wonderful night!I think I was meant to be a California girl…