RSVLTS Venture Guide: La Jolla, California

We’re pretty sure La Jolla is paradise. A bold statement I know, but when you consider their world-class restaurants, diverse opportunities for outdoor adventures and perfect weather year round we might not be that far off the reservation.

Fast facts:

  • La Jolla is a 25 minute Uber from San Diego Airport
  • Dr. Seuss lived that the very top of Mount Soledad overlooking La Jolla and the town was the inspiration for Whoville.
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course is located just north of La Jolla and has many famous golf tournaments
  • One of the most “walkable” towns in America

We recently went to La Jolla with a craving for good food and adventure. Luckily there was plenty of that to be had. Throughout the whole trip we also had a 2017 Subaru Impreza which was stylishly designed and compact, perfect for both an elegant night out in La Jolla and outdoor adventures, and adventure we did.

Below you’ll see our guide for things to do, what to see and where to eat while in La Jolla without breaking the bank.

Where to stay?

Located right in the heart of town and within a five minute walk of the world-famous Sea Lions at La Jolla Cove, Pantai Inn is one of the coolest hotels we’ve ever stayed at.

The traditional Balinese-inspired inspired property features a courtyard where you can sip cocktails, a fire pit, and best of all, spacious cottages with wraparound private porches that give you a front row view of the iconic Pacific sunset.

This is the ocean front park located directly in front of the hotel. It’s an amazing place to catch some rays or watch the sunset.

The Pantai Inn isn’t even outrageously expensive considering the perks and if you get a group of four, which each room could easily handle, your only looking at a couple hundred bucks a piece for a long weekend.

Outdoor adventures?

San Diego is such a diverse location and there are few better places in America to partake in some hardcore nature. One minute you could be in the water surfing and the next you could hanging over the surf as you hike along the ridge of a gorgeous cliff.

We would suggest checking out the La Jolla Tide Pools, La Jolla Cove for the Sea Lions and capping it off with a sunset cocktail at George’s At The Cove.

One of the most unique things we did during our three day stay in La Jolla was road tripping to Lower Otay Reservoir in our 2017 Subaru Impreza.

While at Lower Otay we took the kayaks off the roof of the Subaru Impreza and set out on the water. Not only are the views on the lake beautiful but it is the official training location for the US National Rowing team.

That day we also stopped by a private air field for an aggressive off road test drive and to put the Impreza’s eyesight technology to work.


Where to eat?

Any east coaster is obviously going to want to hit In & Out Burger and luckily there are three within a 10 minute drive, believe me that was one of the first things I mapped out.  But in La Jolla proper you won’t see any chain restaurants which is the exact reason it has become a foodie mecca.

Check out Puesto if you’re looking for a Mexican food fix and for the best dinner and stunning ocean views in the area George’s at the Cove is a must visit.

Where to party?

La Jolla doesn’t have a rip roaring party scene but it does have a very respectable Irish bar named Hennessey’s Tavern where you can post up next to the epic fire place and watch the two piece cover band rock out to the hits and also Irish classics. It’s a great time.

If you’d looking for something a little more aggressive hop in an Uber and head to one of the best beach party towns in America. Pacific Beach is only 10 minutes away and has more sports bars and cfart beer bars with outdoor patios than we can even begin to list off.