Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in La Jolla

Children's Pool

Built in the 1930s, La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was created as a family beach space, but since then it's been descended on by herds of seals and sea lions. Despite the pinnipeds' particularly pungent odor, tourists c…
Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

George's at the Cove

The Euro-Cal cooking is as dramatic as the oceanfront location, thanks to the bottomless imagination of chef Trey Foshee. George’s has graced just about every list of top restaurants in California, and indeed the US…
Top Choice Museum in Oceanside

California Surf Museum

It's easy to spend an hour in this heartfelt museum of surf artifacts, from a timeline of surfing history to surf-themed art and a radical collection of boards, including the one chomped by a shark when it ate the a…
Top Choice Seafood in Encinitas

Fish 101

In this casual grown-up fish shack, order at the counter, sidle up to a butcher-block table, sip craft beer or Mexican coke from a mason jar and tuck into albacore-tuna poke, clam chowder, shrimp po'boy or fish-and-…
Top Choice Californian in La Jolla

Shore Rider Cafe

For tasty eats in a surf vibe right near the beach, head to Shore Rider's new mellow open-air patio, where they play California rock and serve beer on tap and lunch plates like mahimahi and shrimp ceviche, blue chee…
Top Choice Italian in Encinitas

Trattoria I Trulli

Country-style seating indoors and great people-watching on the sidewalk. Just one taste of the homemade ravioli or lasagna, salmon with arugula, capers and red onion, or pollo uno zero uno (101; chicken stuffed with…
Top Choice Mexican in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Las Olas

For fish tacos with a sea view, Las Olas is so popular it has its own traffic light, right across the street from the beach. Lobster is served in the style of the legendary Baja California lobster village, Puerto Nu…
Top Choice Cave in La Jolla

Cave Store

Waves have carved a series of caves into the sandstone cliffs east of La Jolla Cove. The largest is called Sunny Jim Cave, which you can access via this store. Taller visitors, watch your head as you descend the 145…
State Park in La Jolla

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Between N Torrey Pines Rd and the ocean, and from the Torrey Pines Gliderport to Del Mar, this reserve preserves the last mainland stands of the Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana), a species adapted to sparse rainfall an…
Aquarium in La Jolla

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Marine scientists were working at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) as early as 1910 and, helped by donations from the ever-generous Scripps family, the institute has grown to be one of…