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San Diego: La Jolla City and Coast Guided Sightseeing Tour

1. San Diego: La Jolla City and Coast Guided Sightseeing Tour

Explore the charming La Jolla region of San Diego with a local guide and curated walking tour. Learn about the area's rich history dating back to the mid-1800s, visit Sunny Jim's Seaside Cave, and marvel at the extraordinary views of Scripps Ecological Reserve while hiking the Coast Walk Trail. Begin your tour with an overview of San Diego's history, including fascinating details about pioneers like William Heath Davis and Alonzo Horton. Understand how La Jolla became part of San Diego in 1850 and why it became a prime beach destination after area railroads were constructed in the 1890s.  Continue to Sunny Jim's Sea Cave, the original residence of Gustav Schultz who hired two Chinese laborers to dig a 144-stair tunnel from inside of his house to the cave below. Browse the gift shop and take photos with the group – or explore the tunnel on your own. Then it's time to walk along the rugged Coast Walk Trail, taking in the stunning panoramic views, including the Scripps Ecological Reserve. Further north, you'll spot University of California - San Diego and the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.  Continue along the coast and pass through Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Listen closely as your guide details how Ellen's contributions left an everlasting impression on La Jolla. See La Jolla's amazing wildlife on full display including seals, sea lions, squirrels, pelicans, and cormorants. Embark on the next part of the tour to Children's Pool, a small beach partially protected by a seawall. This is a popular viewing area for harbor seals and a picturesque beach with a panoramic view. Conclude your tour with a stroll up Prospect Street in downtown La Jolla, passing several landmark buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage Museum, Grande Colonial Hotel, and La Valencia Hotel.

The La Jolla Tour

2. The La Jolla Tour

La Jolla is arguably the finest part of this city, it is to San Diego what Beverly Hills is to Los Angeles. Many of San Diego’s wealthy and fabulous come here to live, and although that in and of itself would mean little, the reasons behind it are the foundation of why this area of the city would draw anyone in. La Jolla Cove, speaks of yesteryear with all of the little-known beaches . See its mysterious cave and secret tunnel entrance, its gentle but rugged cliffs and abundant marine life, its posh shopping and dining district, the stunningly quaint and sequestered shores nestled and hidden in the sylvan tumbles of verdant cliffs. This three hour, fully escorted, semi-private driving tour will introduce you to marvelous physical beauty, and a sense of soaring human presence with the most subtle human footprint. This three hour sightseeing tour is available daily at 1:00 PM.

San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour to Mount Soledad

3. San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour to Mount Soledad

Embark on a guided e-bike tour from La Jolla to Mount Soledad to admire fantastic views of the Californian coast. Take in the panoramic views of San Diego and the coastline from Mexico right up to the city of Carlsbad. Begin your tour in the neighborhood of La Jolla and set off your adventure to Mount Soledad. Along the route, take in views of luxury homes and charming streets as you ascend to the highest peak in the area. Once at the summit, pause for a while and admire the views of the sparkling blue coastline, the city of Tijuana across the border in Mexico, and the city of Carlsbad to the north. Stand at the war memorial marked by a giant cross atop the mountain, which the guide will explain more about. Then, begin a relaxing and fun descent down the mountain and along the coastline. Pass by the multimillion-dollar homes right on the water’s edge all the way to the local beach known as Wind ‘n Sea. Stop for a quick moment to relax and to watch the surfers at this world class break. Continue along the coastline to the Children’s Pool where about 100 seals can be found lazing on the shore. Finally, ride to La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve to check out one of the most amazing viewpoints along the coast before heading back to the starting point.

La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

4. La Jolla: Ultimate Self-Guided Combo Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on a combo self-guided tour that takes you on a walking tour of the coast and a driving tour of the neighborhood. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Start your walking tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk. Continue to the coast and get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Walk along the waterfront and learn how La Jolla got its name. Spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood. Take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Along the way, be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions and learn how to tell the two apart. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot an orca whale off the shore. Next, see Seal Rock. If you haven’t spotted a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Nearing the end of the walking portion of your tour, visit the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see. Next, start the driving portion of the tour. Cruise along the coast and hear about the brothers who bought all this land for less than $2 per acre and the woman responsible for the town’s longstanding cultural institutions. Visit the historic La Jolla Woman’s Club and hear about Ellen Browning Scripps, La Jolla’s most important figure. Next, see the beautiful Wisteria Cottage and take in beautiful views. Then it’s on to the Athenaeum, a library for music and the arts. Round off your tour by visiting the Valencia Hotel, the city’s go-to hotel for Hollywood’s rich and famous for a hundred years.

La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

5. La Jolla: 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour

Enjoy the open air and San Diego sun. Take this eye-popping journey through the enchanting coastal community of La Jolla. Meet us in La Jolla and tour this beautiful California beach community in style and ease from the comfort of a Segway Personal Transporter. We’ll teach you how to ride your Segway then head off to show you Sonny Jim's Cave, the La Jolla Cove, and many other fantastic attractions on your guided 2-hour tour. Your helpful guide will tell you about the natural wonders of this area and show you its highlights. You'll glide by famed Torrey Pines Golf Course, past beaches lined with seals, sea lions and pelicans, all while enjoying stories about famous residents, multi-million-dollar mansions and the area's natural history and architecture. Of course, a tour of La Jolla is not complete without a visit to the surfer's hot spot of Windansea Beach. This guided tour allows you to explore beyond San Diego to see some of the most beautiful locations in Southern California.

San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour

6. San Diego: La Jolla Guided E-Bike Tour

Discover the picturesque coast of the La Jolla neighborhood on a scenic tour by e-bike. Along the route admire the panorama of La Jolla Cove and the coastline from downtown all the way to Pacific Beach. Start the tour in the heart of La Jolla and begin your adventure along the California Coast. Ride to La Jolla Cove and the Ecological Preserve to check out one of the most stunning viewpoints in the area. From the cove, continue along the coastline to the Children’s Pool where about 100 seals can often be seen lazing about in the sun. Take a brief break here to chill out and enjoy mother nature. Pass gorgeous multimillion-dollar homes right on the water’s edge all the way to the local beach known as Wind ‘n Sea. Stop here for a quick moment to relax and to watch the surfers at this world-class break. From Wind ‘n Sea ride through a beautiful neighborhood known as Bird Rock. From Bird Rock, ride onto Pacific Beach for a stop at The Crystal Pier, before heading back to La Jolla.

La Jolla: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

7. La Jolla: Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Experience La Jolla, San Diego, on this self-guided walking tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists, the tour explores the best spots and history of La Jolla. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Begin your tour by the parking area for the Coast Walk, then continue to the coast itself, where you’ll get your first look at the breathtaking La Jolla Cove. Continue by following the walkway along the waterfront. Learn how La Jolla got its name, spot some of the neighborhood’s most iconic birds, and more. See gorgeous architecture and natural beauty collide. Pass where La Jolla’s first tourist cabins once stood, then take in one-of-a-kind views while hearing about the Kumeyaay tribe who once lived here. Be sure to keep your eye out for seals and sea lions. If you’re lucky, you might spot an orca whale. Next, go to Seal Rock. If you haven’t managed to spot a seal yet, this is the place where your luck will change. Snap some photos to remember these unique creatures. After, see Children’s Pool Beach, where kids and seals swim side by side. Afterward, hear about the town’s unlikely mascot, Rags the Donkey, and legends about a mysterious stranger known as “The Judge.” Then, stop at Cuvier Park, one of the most popular wedding spots in the entire country. Conclude your tour by visiting the famous tide pools that are bursting with aquatic life. Throughout the tour, enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see.

San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

8. San Diego: La Jolla Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore La Jolla’s coastal beauty with maximum flexibility, safety, and value on this self-guided audio and GPS tour. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. The commentary will play automatically based on your location. Start your tour at the Cave Store in La Jolla Cove. Learn about La Jolla’s early struggles with drinkable water, its historic figures like Ellen Scripps and Dr. Seuss, and its growth into the “Jewel” of the California coastline. Then, explore Coast Boulevard, La Jolla Cove, and Prospect Avenue. Finish your tour at La Valencia Hotel, a La Jolla landmark.

San Diego: La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

9. San Diego: La Jolla Coastal Bike Tour

Embark on a guided bike journey through one of the most beautiful areas in San Diego: La Jolla. Explore the village of La Jolla, Windandsea Beach, La Jolla Cove, the surrounding neighborhoods, and much more. Follow your guide to picturesque sea vistas and get up close and personal with California seals and sea lions along the way. Ogle at prime sea-view real estate as you pedal past La Jolla's top-notch houses — some of the most expensive in San Diego. Not only will you explore historic and modern architectural mansions, but you will also pass by the landscapes and gardens that were the inspiration for the famous author, Dr. Seuss. Then cycle past some of the best local surf spots in the San Diego area, watching surfers carve beautiful lines on waves out at sea. Pass by exotic cars, Volkswagen busses, and longboards as you cruise, feeling like a local, along the coastline. Finally, see designer boutiques and world class-rated restaurants in La Jolla before closing the tour off where you started it.

San Diego: La Jolla Summit to Sea Bike Tour

10. San Diego: La Jolla Summit to Sea Bike Tour

Tour around La Jolla in a fun and adventurous way, on an e-bike. Ride around downtown and then begin the ride up to Mt. Soledad. Take in views of San Diego and the Mexico coastline at the top. Then, enjoy the descent and a visit to the La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve. Begin the tour in La Jolla Village, also known as the city's main Downtown. Get comfortable on your e-bike, and then follow your guide up to the top of Mt. Soledad, the highest coastal mountain peak in all of San Diego. Once at the top, witness the panoramic views of the city and admire the coastline from Mexico to Carlsbad. Learn about the large cross and legendary war memorial there, before beginning the descent down the mountain. Allow yourself to have a relaxing and fun ride down and through La Jolla, following the coast. Wind through gorgeous, multi-million dollar homes that line the water's edge, all the way to the local hotspot, Wind 'n' Sea Beach. Take a quick moment to watch the surfers on this world-class break and chill out with mother nature. Next, up, arrive at the Children's Pool and watch in awe at the hundreds of seals laying around and sleeping on the sand. At the end of the tour, cruise to the La Jolla Cove and Ecological Preserve.

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What people are saying about La Jolla Cove

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Started by not expecting much because after I booked the tour thought I could probably just discover the cove area by myself—but our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable and knew tips and tricks to make traveling easier. He knew the area inside and out and gave us factoids that made it well worth the minimal price per person. He knew where there were elevators so we didn’t have to navigate stairs. He knew about the local vendors and animals. He knew about a hotel we could just hang out on the lobby if we needed a break and it was a great spot to cool off rest and have an afternoon drink. He knew about famous people who once resides there and based books off of the natural environment. We were super happy.

This was a great little app. Its geofencing capabilities meant the tour auto-started as I approached each of the stops. I would love to buy this tour for other towns and cities that I visit. I did the walking portion. It was fun

This tour was really fun. We saw and learned things we never would have known just driving around La Jolla by ourselves.