La Jolla, or “the Jewel” in Spanish, is a fitting name for this beautiful seaside resort community located 12 miles north of downtown San Diego. La Jolla occupies seven miles of curving coastline with pristine bluffs and beaches and is backed by steep canyons and hillsides culminating at Mount Soledad. Swimming, snorkeling and kayaking are popular at La Jolla Cove, surfing is popular at many La Jolla beaches including Windansea, and viewing seals and sea lions is a popular pastime at the Children’s Pool. La Jolla is a well known tourist hotspot for its superb climate, elite shopping and dining, upscale boutiques, art galleries, import shops, and gourmet restaurants on Prospect Street and around. La Jolla is home to renowned institutions including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Stephen Birch Aquarium and Museum and the Salk Institute.
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