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Experience La Jolla San Diego

Beyond the beaches and shops of La Jolla there is an abundance of dining, outdoor activities, historic landmarks, world-class golf, and much more, all just minutes away by car! Use this guide to seize the most out of your La Jolla adventure!

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La Jolla Beaches

La Jolla offers diverse beaches for every taste. La Jolla Cove is great for snorkeling, Windansea Beach is a surfer's paradise, and Black's Beach provides a tranquil escape with scenic cliffs. La Jolla Shores is family-friendly with a long sandy shoreline. Each beach has its unique charm, making La Jolla a perfect coastal destination for various preferences.

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Village of La Jolla

The Village of La Jolla is a charming seaside community in San Diego, known for its upscale shops, art galleries, and oceanfront dining. The village exudes a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere, with beautiful architecture and scenic coastal views. It's a perfect blend of luxury and coastal charm, attracting visitors with its boutiques, fine dining, and the iconic La Jolla Cove.

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Torrey Pines Golf Course

Torrey Pines Golf Course is a renowned public facility with North and South championship courses. Overlooking the Pacific, the South Course hosted the 2008 U.S. Open. Known for its challenging layout and stunning views, it attracts golf enthusiasts worldwide. The facility includes a pro shop, practice areas, and the upscale Lodge at Torrey Pines for a golf-centric getaway.

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San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo, situated in Balboa Park, is a renowned zoo celebrated for its diverse animal exhibits and conservation initiatives. With over 3,500 animals, including captivating species like gorillas and cheetahs, the zoo provides an enriching experience. Committed to wildlife conservation and education, it offers a memorable, family-friendly adventure at the heart of San Diego.

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SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld, located in Mission Bay, is a marine theme park known for its captivating marine life exhibits and thrilling shows. Home to dolphins, sea lions, and killer whales, it offers interactive experiences and educational presentations. The park combines entertainment with a focus on marine conservation, providing a unique and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages in the heart of Southern California.

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UC San Diego

UC San Diego is a prestigious public research university. Known for its cutting-edge research, diverse academic programs, and stunning coastal location, UCSD is part of the University of California system. It boasts top-ranked engineering and science departments, a renowned medical center, and a commitment to innovation, making it a leading institution in higher education.

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Old Town San Diego

History is waiting for you with over 17 historic points of interest and the finest in professional theatre, museums, artisans, galleries and shops all within easy walking distance with free live entertainment, mariachis, dancers, period attire docents providing tours and more

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USS Midway Museum

Imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America's longest-serving aircraft carriers. Visitors to the USS Midway Museum enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace.

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The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

The Conrad is the permanent home of La Jolla Music Society hosting world-class performances. Located in La Jolla 2 blocks from the Empress Hotel. After the show, come for dinner and wine in our onsite piano bar and restaurant.

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Little Italy

This historic downtown neighborhood is a favorite local hang out, with lots of popular restaurants, shops, and galleries. Check out the Saturday Farmers' Market or annual Festa street fair in October.

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Balboa Park

A landscape of art and culture, Balboa Park is an urban playground with beautiful gardens, trails, plazas, museums and attractions such as the San Diego Museum of Art and San Diego Zoo.

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Petco Park

With its magnificent architecture, amazing sightlines and breathtaking views of San Diego, Petco Park is a classic open-air ballpark and home of the hard-hitting San Diego Padres.


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  • Great experience

    "Great location. Walking distance to the cove and village. Having a valet which was really convenient. Very clean hotel. Great friendly staff. Shames was very very Nice and helpful. My experience was great."
    -Sadi M

  • Empress Saved our Anniversary Trip, Thank you!!

    "My husband and I visited La Jolla for our 20th anniversary. Our Air BnB reservation fell through in a very bad way, and we had to find a hotel for the next six nights, STAT. While my husband was dealing with Air BnB, I set out to search for something in the same area so we could..."

  • The Room Even Had A Piano

    "Came to La Jolla for a quick weekend trip from Los Angeles. Read all the good reviews and decided to give The Empress a try. Glad I did. The hotel is on the corner of Fay and Silverado in the heart of La Jolla Village, within easy walking distance of all the Village stores and restaurants and La Jolla Cove."

  • Amazing European Experience in La Jolla

    "From the moment I booked this hotel the staff, mainly Shamiss, was professional, courteous and exceeded my expectations! The Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the city, making the best restaurants, coffee shops and stores in easy walking distance..."

  • Lovely historic hotel close to everything in La Jolla.

    "This is a gorgeous renovated hotel right in the middle of La Jolla. Parking is not available but they do have curbside valet and there is a parking garage over the road. We were lucky to be there on a Sunday so we were able to park free on the road until the morning. They have the yummiest cookies at check-in"-Vivienne N