If you’re looking for a Southern California getaway where you can relax, enjoy the beach, good food and a quiet escape from the world look no further than La Jolla Shores. About a 15-minute drive (or a $20 uber ride) from the San Diego airport this neighborhood has the feel of an old-school beach town where you can really lay back.
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Where to Stay
Have your uber drop you off at the La Jolla Riviera Inn, where you have the perfect apartment style room to stay for a few nights or even a week. Settle in and maybe grab a bottle of wine to relax on your porch before a walk on the beach and dinner. The beach is a short five-minute walk away and the main drag is even closer.
The La Jolla Riviera Inn was the perfect spot for our family to stay with the two bedroom options, a full kitchen where you can cook yourself a great lazy dinner, and a lovely patio to relax on.
A relaxing Evening
Head over to the beach and take a nice walk as the sun sets. Just a few blocks from the Inn you can walk about a little over a mile to the pier and from there find the tide pools. Watch the hang gliders taking off from Torrey Pines and even see a bit of the famous golf course from a distance.
Make a reservation at Piatti for an upscale, but not too pricey dinner. Piatti may be a chain, but it feels like a local spot tucked right into La Jolla Shores. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and with a table of five particular eaters everyone fell in love with their dish. Head back to the Inn for a quiet evening. Just make sure if you want an extra glass of wine to grab a bottle before dinner since there is a good chance the local market will be closed by the time you get back.
Day 1 – A Full Itinerary
Start off your morning with a refreshing breakfast from Brick & Bell Cafe. Grab a latte or your favorite coffee beverage and then a pastry and yogurt. Sit down on the patio and people watch as the crowds begin to head, or head down to the beach and enjoy it on the sand.
Take your morning to explore the ocean itself. La Jolla Shores is the perfect launching place to explore the beautiful La Jolla Cove, known for the Sea Lions and other wildlife that inhabits it. Two great options are taking a kayaking tour, or if you’re a little adventurous trying out scuba diving. If you want to stay closer to shore rent a paddle board or surfboard and hang out in the waves.
After your adventure grab lunch at the Cheese Shop. This sandwich shop is to die for. You don’t always find the best deli’s in California, but this one can hold it’s own. They offer all the fixings and I loved their tuna salad sandwich. Plus it’s California so you can throw fresh avocado on anything. Don’t forget their potato salad and fresh cookies as well.
Head back to the hotel and take a nap, or even better take it on the beach. Spend your afternoon relaxing with a book in your hand or a long walk on the beach. Cliche I know, but gotta love them.
Depending on your mood, hop over to La Jolla Cove for a waterfront dinner and a new area to explore and wander. For an epic sunset and tasty food take a look at George’s at the Cove, or try a tasty Italian gastropub at PrepKitchen. If you’re feeling more casual head to the store and grab things to cook a tasty dinner to enjoy on your patio. Maybe even finish off the nice with a stroll on the beach watching the waves crash in the dark.
Day 2 – Relax or Keep Exploring
Sleep in a little on your last morning, or go take a dip in the water first thing. There is something refreshing about starting your day in the salt water. After you dry off, wander up the road to Shorehouse Kitchen for a tasty brunch, their menu full of benedicts will be sure to impress.
If you’re in need of more rest and relaxation, head back to the beach and take in the shore. I live too far from the beach for my liking and can easily spend another full day playing in the waves and relaxing in the sand.
If you’d rather keep exploring, there are a variety of great places to visit all on your way back to the airport. The San Diego Zoo is arguably the best in the world is not only an amazing destination but also an organization working hard to help the animal world. Or head to the gaslamp area, where you can wander the Bay, visit the ballpark and eat amazing food. If beer is your thing you can’t miss San Diego without hitting up Stone Brewery. Their Liberty Station site is just a few minutes from the airport, has an amazing patio, a delicious menu, and most all of the beer.
Relax, Eat, Explore, and Repeat
La Jolla Shores offers just enough of everything and the La Jolla Riviera Inn is the perfect place to lay back and relax. The opportunity to explore the ocean and more of San Diego. Plus some scrumptious food and coffee you can’t miss. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend it is the perfect place, the only problem with a weekend in La Jolla Shore is you’ll wish you stayed a week.
Have I missed anything in the area? Where else do you like to sneak away for the weekend?