A couple weeks ago we celebrated Sam’s 40th birthday with a staycation in La Jolla and celebrated with friends over tacos at the beautiful Vista Oceana House, which by the way is a hidden gem and can be rented through SeaBreeze Vacations rentals along with many other luxurious home in other locations.
Our kids lived in the pool, loved the television in our room and us adults gawked over the view and lounged around all weekend. It was just want we needed after a busy season. Sam enjoyed a couple surf sessions and we all knew it was the best way to celebrate his 40th birthday! Here’s a guide to what to do in La Jolla and how we celebrated our main man.
Where To Stay: SeaBreeze Vacation Rentals. We stayed at the #832 Vista Oceana House and it suited our family’s needs perfectly.
This beautiful 1-story 3 bedroom home resides at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the beautiful Upper Hermosa neighborhood of La Jolla and features sweeping ocean views. It has a stunning outdoor living space with a fire pit, built in barbecue and sink, and al fresco dining which we fully took advantage off over pizza one night and tacos the next.
La Jolla is a hilly seaside community occupying 7 miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean within the northern city limits. This home is just a short drive to the beach, has stellar ocean and city night-light views. The nearby Bird Rock neighborhood has great shopping and dining, as does nearby La Jolla Village with its amazing restaurants, boutiques, and museums.
What to Do:
- Juice Crafters
- Tide Pools
- Birch Aquarium
- Cuvier Park
- The Children’s Pool
- The Cave Store
- Shop downtown La Jolla or Birdrock
- Sunny Jim’s Cave
- Surf at Birdrock and or La Jolla Shores
- For a family friendly beach definitely head to La Jolla Shores
La Jolla Travel Tips:
Parking can be tough so find a spot and bring your stroller/scooters/carrier…. If you walk all the way along the coast from the Tide Pools to the Cave Store it can be a long walk for little ones so make sure to bring snacks.
Places to Eat:
Cuvier Park and Ellen Browning Scripps are great picnic spots along the ocean. If you want to grab a bite to eat in town, we recommend Burger Lounge or Puesta.
Also Check Out:
- Fly at Kite at Ellen Browning Scripps park
- Bark at the Sea Lions at La Jolla Cove
- Museum of Contemporary Art
Juice Crafters: Located on 935 Silverado St, La Jolla, CA 92037
We came here for fresh juices and smoothies and we were not disappointed. It’s a small storefront so be prepared that not many people and or strollers can fit at one time. However there’s a fun and laid-back seating area out front with wide windows and a hip vibe that’s family friendly. Their “Pacific Love” smoothie is the most most popular, but there is also a wide variety of cold press juices and snacks foods as well…oh and free “fancy water” in the corner which is all my son Waylon wanted.
There is something magical when the tide draws back revealing elements of ocean life. Waylon and Holden and even our littlest boys Grey and Zeke loved exploring the rocks, hermit crabs, sea anemones down here. There is some maneuvering involved with the rocks, but just watch your step and keep off the slick green stuff (seaweed) and you’ll be fine. There’s a lot to see and take in here; make sure to check the tide before you go.
This spot is a hidden gem; a little carved out grassy nook overlooking the Pacific ocean. There couldn’t be a more idyllic picnic spot, except for the seagulls-watch out for these lunch stealing birds.
The Children’s Pool:
A few quick tips…you’re most likely to see a live birth of a harbor seal pup between February 4 and March 4 of any given year. You’re most likely to see the greatest number of seals on the beach between April 24 and June 6 and you’re least likely to see any seals on the beach between 8am and 6pm during the months of July, August, and September.
The Cave Store + Sunny Jim’s Cave:
I never knew this awesome place existed and I’ve lived in San Diego now for 10 years. It’s a cute little store filled with treasures and trinkets along with a staircase that leads down to an ocean cave.
I had a pregnancy craving and had to stop at Wahoo’s Fish Taco for a snack.