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Attracting tourists from around the globe, La Jolla's upscale community is one that combines trend-setting innovations with traditional class. Located just 12 miles northbound from downtown San Diego, this highly prosperous community encompasses seven miles of coastline lands at an elevation of 110 feet. These La Jolla lands are so coveted among Southern California residents that its impossible to find property sold at anything less than $1.25 million per acre.

The lucky 38,000 people who hold residence in this heavenly seaside town live among Mediterranean-style architecture with a contemporary flair. Their cosmopolitan lifestyle is clearly evident in the ultra-upscale village boutiques and perfectly manicured greens of Torrey Pines Golf Course. From the crashing waves along the shore to the high-rise buildings in the business district, everything about La Jolla is first-rate quality.

Business District

While La Jolla is most well-known for its incredible shoreline, the citys upscale business district is hardly modest. Located on the eastern side of La Jolla, professional centers, including financial buildings, law firms and technological industries, dominate this district, along with modern shopping centers and a wealthy residential area. The world-famous Scripps Memorial Hospital & Medical Research Center resides here, as well as the San Diego Mormon Temple, a remarkable 59,000 square foot building, resembling an ice sculpture.

Perhaps the most notable establishment in this region of La Jolla is the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), which hosts a world-renowned medical school among other rigorous academic programs. The university is home to one of the citys most popular entertainment attractions, the La Jolla Playhouse, once founded by Hollywood stars and now famous for showcasing new, cutting edge plays.

Another popular site in this district is Mount Soledad, which provides a breath-taking panoramic view of San Diego County, from the northernmost beaches to the United States/Mexico border.

The Village

Downtown La Jolla, known by locals as 'The Village,' boasts shops, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, coffeehouses, salons and art galleries. Although this area encompasses only a tiny geographic space, the district is jammed with trendy establishments, drawing wealthy patrons from around the globe. Girard Avenue is the traditional main street of La Jolla, although Prospect Street has been dubbed the 'Rodeo Drive of San Diego.' The Museum of Contemporary Art is located along Prospect Street, along with the Images of Nature Gallery, Aja Arts & Antiques and the Cosmopolitan Fine Art Gallery. Prospect Street also hosts the La Jolla Recreation Center and La Jolla Womans Club, both buildings designed by architect Irving Gill. In addition, the reputable La Jolla Walking Tours begin along Prospect Street.

After a day of viewing art and visiting upscale boutiques, visitors to La Jolla may dine at trend-setting restaurants located in The Village. The Spot and Roppongi Restaurant, Bar and Cafe are popular establishments, as well as Star Of India. Nightlife also flourishes in La Jolla Village, as top comedians perform at The Comedy Store.

Shoreline

While the business district and La Jolla Village are impressive communities, perhaps the most memorable region of La Jolla is that along the Pacific coastline. La Jolla boasts one of the most spectacular shorelines in Southern California, complete with remarkable caves, cliffs, beaches and sunsets. The best view of this area is seen from the air. Daring tourists may venture into the La Jolla skies via paragliding or hangliding, both thrilling adventures offered through Torrey Pines Gliderport. For a more tame view of the La Jolla coastline, take the scenic drive along North Torrey Pines Road.

Tempted to do more than just view the Pacific waters from the shoreline? Try kayaking, with equipment and lessons available through Aqua Adventures Kayak School. In addition, La Jollas beaches welcome surfers, sunbathers, snorkelers, scuba divers and swimmers. For more adventures, most tourists can't resist traveling into the deep caverns at La Jolla Caves.

Along the Pacific shoreline, La Jolla Cove features a first-rate shopping district. Visit jewelry stores, art galleries, souvenir shops and fashionable boutiques. Then, complete the day by dining above the Pacific waters. Georges At The Cove and Crab Catcher are both perched on the cliffs of La Jolla Cove, boasting breath-taking views of the ocean.

Travel just a short distance north from La Jolla Cove and see marine life up close at Birch Aquarium. This world-famous oceanographic museum, operated by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, showcases marine life from the Pacific Northwest to the Mexican waters.

Even though La Jollas beaches and caves are heralded throughout Southern California, one of the coastlines most popular attractions is unrelated to the Pacific waters. Torrey Pines Golf Course, the only public course on the PGA circuit, offers two challenging 18-hole courses.

From art galleries and trendy boutiques to world-class golf courses, La Jollas attractions please tourists from around the globe. Each district is uniquely different, yet all are similar in one important facet: first-class quality. You won't find anything less than the best in 'the jewel' of Southern California.

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