Visitor Information

La Jolla immerses guests in a localized scene while creating a lively social landmark for its neighbors and visitors. From boutique hotels to fun-filled beach days, La Jolla is anchored by unique and locally oriented businesses, restaurants, retailers and features art and culture on every corner. The ideal costal location, endless activities and stylish seaside surroundings makes everyday feel like a special getaway.

How far is La Jolla from San Diego?

La Jolla is part of the City of San Diego, bordered by Pacific Beach to the south, Del Mar to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

What does the name "La Jolla" mean?

The exact origin of La Jolla’s name is somewhat uncertain. Historians dispute whether the name originates from the Spanish word La Joya, which means “the jewel” or from the Native American term Woholle meaning “hole in the mountains”.

What is La Jolla's zip code?

La Jolla’s primary zip code is 92037. It is the only neighborhood within the city San Diego where mail is addressed to read “La Jolla, CA”. Other La Jolla zip codes include: the UCSD campus (92092, 92093) and University City, aka “UTC” (92121). Our post office is located in downtown La Jolla on 1140 Wall Street between Herschel and Ivanhoe.

Did you know?

The La Jolla Playhouse was founded by Gregory Peck, along with actors Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, in 1947. Peck, most famous for his role in To Kill A Mockingbird, was born in La Jolla.

Other La Jolla residents of note include the late author Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, Senator John McCain, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, director Gore Verbinski and Nobel Prize winner Clive Granger

La Jolla High School was founded in 1922

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Maps & Directions

La Jolla is located 15 miles north of downtown San Diego and approximately two hours driving south from Los Angeles.

From the North Take I-5 south and exit at La Jolla Village Drive. Head west on La Jolla Village and turn left onto Torrey Pines Road, which leads to La Jolla Shores Drive and Prospect Street.

From the South and East Take I-5 north to La Jolla Parkway. Continue into La Jolla and turn right onto Prospect Street.

From San Diego Airport Head east on North Harbor Drive to Laurel Street and turn left. Follow signs to I-5 and go north approximately 7 miles to La Jolla Parkway. Continue into La Jolla and turn right onto Prospect Street.

Public Transportation La Jolla is serviced by bus routes 30, 31, and 34/34A. For timetables, fares and more information on San Diego’s bus and transit system, visit


La Jolla is a popular place to be, particularly in the summertime. Experienced visitors and residents know a little extra planning can go a long way toward finding a good parking space.

Parking Is Free on the Streets of La Jolla

There are no parking meters. However, watch signs for two-hour parking limits. Don’t gamble. Parking enforcement actively patrols the streets even in the winter months and tickets are not cheap!

Once you do get to the Village, it’s best to leave your car and stroll. Everything you’ll need is within walking distance. Carpool or take public transportation whenever you can. Even better, ride a bike!

Heading to the Beach?

Consider La Jolla Shores, which has a large parking lot and free parking on adjacent residential streets. Even so, get there early!

Reserved Parking Now Available

While street parking is limited, La Jolla has dozens of low-cost parking lots and safe, underground structures conveniently located throughout the village.  You can even reserve and pre-pay for parking before you arrive in the village.  Click below for stress-free parking in La Jolla Village.