La Jolla

In the northern part of San Diego is the seaside resort of La Jolla. Although many do not know that the hilly area that occupies roughly 7 miles of the Pacific coastline is in fact part of San Diego, that doesn’t stop them from coming here to enjoy the sunlight and luxurious beaches.

For two years, in 2008 and 2009, La Jolla was known to have the priciest homes in the country, reported to rise in the millions of dollars. The University of California, San Diego or UCSD can be found there, as well as the Salk Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the headquarters of National University.

La Jolla, which was formerly named Kumeyaay by the local Native Americans in its early years, got its new name from Spanish occupiers and was believed for a while to come from ‘La Joya’ meaning “the jewel”. The origin is still disputed among scholars.

The community is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and is located at a distance of 12 miles from the center of San Diego. Various businesses can be found in this region and everything from dining and shopping, to finance, real estate, software, bio-engineering, medical practice and scientific research. The climate there is very mild and the landscape very beautiful, including beaches and rocky shorelines, as well as a mountaintop called Mount Soledad.

La Jolla is delimited by Pacific Beach to the south, going along the ocean coast to Torrey Pines State Reserve, and ending at the city of Del Mar on the north side. Some of the sandy beaches found there are Windansea Beach, Marine Street, Horse Shoes, Wipeout Beach, La Jolla Cove, Boomers Beach and Black’s Beach – which is a La Jolla’s nude beach.

Among the attractions of La Jolla is the Farmers Insurance Open, a PGA Tour professional golf tournament, the Museum of Contemporary Art and, of course, the beaches.