Welcome to La Jolla & North County Coast

Northward from La Jolla, North County’s coast evokes the San Diego of 40 years ago. Pretty Del Mar continues through low-key Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad (home of Legoland), before hitting Oceanside, home to Camp Pendleton Marine Base. All the beaches are terrific, and the small seaside towns are great for days of soaking up the laid-back SoCal scene and working on your tan.

All that, and only about a half-hour’s drive from Downtown San Diego.

Top experiences in La Jolla & North County Coast

La Jolla & North County Coast activities

$40 Outdoor Activities

La Jolla Coast Bike Tour with Downhill Ride from Mt Soledad

Meet your guide at the local bike tour office in La Jolla, where you’ll be fitted for a Bianchi hybrid bike. Then hop in the tour vehicle for the short drive to your starting point at the top of Mt Soledad, the highest coastal peak in the San Diego area. Admire the 360-degree view of the city and coastline, and then strap on your provided helmet and take off, zooming down the mountain as fast (or as slow) as you want. Ride about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) toward the ocean, soaking up La Jolla’s quaint atmosphere and picturesque scenery. When you get to the coast, stop at La Jolla sea caves, where you can hop off your bike and enter the only cave accessible by land, Sunny Jim’s, reached by a tunnel known as the Cave Store. Then head to the Children’s Pool and seal beach to check out the town’s famous harbor seals. Enjoy a stunning photo op from the 100-foot (30-meter) bluffs overlooking La Jolla Cove and Ecological Reserve, and take a look at the marine life in the tide pools. Continue your bike tour by pedaling south to San Diego’s popular surf breaks at Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. Then head back to your starting point via quiet back roads, soaking up the laid-back ambience of San Diego’s beach communities. Total biking distance is approximately 10 miles (16 km); the pace is not strenuous and the terrain is mostly downhill or flat, but you will pedal over a few short hills (you can get off and walk if needed).

$99 Walking & Biking Tours

La Jolla and Mount Soledad Electric Bike 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

The tour will begin with a morning or afternoon orientation at the shop. When the group is comfortable you’ll head through the village, stopping at the Children's Pool to see the harbor seals with their pups. Cruise through the coastal neighborhoods of La Jolla, home to the most expensive real estate in San Diego, which helps is live up to its plush reputation. You’ll follow the coast down to Windan Sea Beach, famous from early Beach Boys videos, where San Diego’s most elite surfers come to play. The La Jolla Bike Path will take you north, with gorgeous views of the ocean as you roll along. The climb up Mt. Soledad will be the most fun you’ve ever had riding up a mountain, as the other cyclists and drivers watch in disbelief as you cruise up with little effort. At the top you’ll explore the Mt. Soledad Memorial and take in the 360-degree views from San Diego’s highest coastal point. The exhilarating ride down the mountain will take you through little-known and beautiful neighborhoods, perched on the mountainside. As you head back to the coast the tour will stop at La Jolla Coves to check out the playful California sea lions, dramatic sea caves and tide pools. Follow your guide through La Jolla’s exclusive and luxurious neighborhoods to get the inside scoop.

$79 Walking & Biking Tours

Cali Dreamin' Electric Bike Tour of La Jolla and Pacific Beach

The tour will begin with an orientation at the shop to make sure you are comfortable on your electric bike, and when the group is ready you’ll head through the Village to check out the sea lions and seals with their pups in the popular La Jolla Cove. Then we'll roll through the neighborhoods of La Jolla, home to some of the most expensive real estate in San Diego. Then it's down to Windansea Beach, one of the most famous and difficult surf beaches in all of California. It's also the site of many Beach Boys' music videos!Bird Rock, the next stop, is one of the most beautiful and secluded sunset viewing spots in the city. Take note of where it is and come back to see the sun go down! Then we open up a little through the back roads of Pacific Beach on our way to the famous PB Boardwalk and Pier. Take a walk above the surfers and sunbathers, or check out the shops on the boardwalk before we head back on the La Jolla bike path, an old horse and buggy route in one of San Diego's canyons. Then it's an easy ride back through the Village to the tour shop where we can recommend activities for the rest of your trip!

$59 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Carlsbad Village 3-Hour Food and Walking Tour

Caldo PomodoroCaldo Pomodoro serves up North County's finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Caldo Pomodoro, every dish is created with old fashion Sicilian zest.Humble Olive OilsHumble Olive Oils is a family owned and operated olive oil store and tasting roomlocated on State Street in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.Vigilucci's Gourmet MarketRoberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. He prides himself on exceptional Italian home cooking reminiscent of his childhood in Milano.Witch Creek WineryWitch Creek Winery has honed the focus of their winery on producing a wide variety of outstanding, award-winning red wines.Gaia GelatoGaia prepares gelato in small batches every day, using only our authentic Italian recipes. They have installed in the heart of Carlsbad an authentic Gelato Lab.Gregorio'sNestled in the Northern San Diego County beach town of Carlsbad is our Italian kitchen. Gregorio's has been serving up great Italian food and pizzas for over 20 years.Cafe TopesVOTED BEST BREAKFAST IN CARLSBAD. Cafe Topes style is of new American with a modern twist on your favorite breakfast and lunch combinations.Lola's Mexican DeliHands down it's the best Mexican food in the village. Authentic Mexican food since 1943! Oldest consecutive business in Carlsbad.Senor Grubby'sOffers an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne.Carlsbad Chocolate BarOffers an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne.

$68 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Segway Experience Through La Jolla

This tour is a winning combination of seals, segways, shopping, surf and more! Your local guide will show you the most picturesque beaches in the San Diego region and bring you up-close and personal with California seals and sea lions. Real estate in La Jolla is among the most expensive in San Diego and you will have the chance to explore the historic and modern architectural mansions embracing the palm-lined streets. You will pass by the landscape and buildings that were the inspiration for Dr. Seuss and maybe even feel like a character in Whoville on your segway! You will also check in on some of the best local surf spots in the San Diego area, while exotic cars cruise by along the incredible coastline. Of all the areas in San Diego, shopping and dining are world class in La Jolla, so you will segway by designer goods and oceanfront dining. All tours are private for you and your group and available daily.

$69 Tours & Sightseeing

La Jolla Segway Experience 2-Hour Guided Tour with Beaches

La Jolla, California, a northern suburb of San Diego, has an affluent and richly preserved culture with an integral history of its own right, and this unique La Jolla segway tour showcases just that. While you sail through the steep and wondrous hills right by the picturesque Pacific Ocean, you will learn how this beautiful area has become one of San Diego’s most popular tourist destinations. You will gain knowledge of the beautiful architecture, the popular downtown shopping district of La Jolla Prospect, where Dr. Seuss gained inspiration for his books, and the historic and current beauty of La Jolla Shores. Additionally, you will learn interesting facts regarding natural California sea creatures, such as what wildlife lies right on and off of the shores, see first-hand the difference between a seal and a sea lion and learn the history of the Children’s Pool as you roll right up to the edge of the ocean and experience it for yourself. See the first established buildings in La Jolla and how they are standing now, and so much more, and do so all while having the undeniably relaxing smell of a beautiful sunny ocean day before you.

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