Welcome to Tiny Travels! I’m so excited about this new series because it combines two things I’m very passionate about: motherhood and travel. Before children I traveled all over; traveling opened the world up to me in a way I never knew existed. Relishing in the beauty of new places and cultures is something I want to pass on to my sons. I know traveling and children don’t always go together…I felt landlocked after I had my first son Waylon. However, once I started to put my cares aside (like how I look in public when he melts down…the fear of traffic…etc), I began to have fun no matter how challenging it was. My friend Isobel from belandbeau.com and I bonded over our love for travel and exploring with our boys; it really was only a matter of time before we teamed up. Our hope is that Tiny Travels inspires you to see the world, explore your backyard, city or town and enjoy new experiences with your children no matter how hectic it may be.
La Jolla is a hilly seaside community occupying 7 miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean within the northern city limits.
Where We Went:
- Juice Crafters
- Tide Pools
- Cuvier Park
- The Children’s Pool
- The Cave Store
- Sunny Jim’s Cave
La Jolla Travel Tips:
Parking can be tough so find a spot and then bring your stroller/scooter/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. Holden and Waylon had us covered and scared them away with growls and roars…although my Bumbleride stroller got pooped on, it wasn’t anything a baby-wipe couldn’t handle. Once we packed up lunch we were surprised by the proudest new dog owner and his adorable puppy. We all got a pet and kiss from this precious pup along with a dose of puppy fever.
The Children’s Pool:
After lunch we packed up the strollers, grabbed the boy’s Microkickboard scooters, strapped on our Ergo baby carriers and headed to see the harbor seals. 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. We saw about a dozen in this location and it blew our boys’ minds. Waylon loved seeing them in their natural habitat. He waved to them and tried to communicate with his own seal-like sounds. On our walk/scoot back to the cars, an ice cream truck stopped just in time to give Waylon and Holden their first ice cream truck experience.
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. Waylon was a little scared but I held his hand while walking down and then carried him on my back (with a baby strapped to me) all the way back up those 140 steps. I counted that as my workout for the day!
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Photography by Paloma Lisa and videography by Juice Box Media