Curio Local Guide

La Jolla

Authored by Kimberly Genevieve
Kimberly Genevieve
Professional Photographer

We sent Kimberly Genevieve, Southern California local and photographer extraordinaire, to Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the beautiful hotel, shoot some photos, and create a Curio Local Guide for this seaside San Diego village La Jolla, California, full of tips and local secrets just for you.

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La Jolla has seven beautiful miles of picturesque coastline along the Pacific Ocean where each photo from every single angle is as breathtaking as the one before.

Museum of Contemporary Art
The Highland Dallas lobby
Bar at Hotel La Jolla

My Perfect Day

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?

La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove
Birch Aquarium
Birch Aquarium
Birch Aquarium

 I’d suggest taking a morning stroll along Ellen Browning Scripps Park where you can see La Jolla Cove, Boomer Beach and Wipeout Beach. Also, depending on the time of year, I’d suggest looking for seals at Children’s Pool Beach. There are plenty of benches along the park where you can sit with a book or simply take in the magnificent views. (I highly recommended this!)

Following the sweet scents of the salty air, I’d suggest taking a short walk to Prospect Street where you’ll find commercial shops, local boutiques and bites to eat. For lunch, definitely check out Herringbone for their craft cocktails and seafood tacos, and don’t forget to take a look at the back section of the restaurant which takes you into a beautiful garden. After you’ve filled up on food, I’d recommend walking around the various exhibits at the Birch Aquarium. Afterward, you can head to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to see the pier, as well as Torrey Pines Gliderport and The Salk Institute. (Be sure to book a tour ahead of time.)

For dinner, I’d suggest heading back to Hotel La Jolla to watch the sunset on the 11th floor at CUSP. I’d personally suggest ordering the crab cakes, the apricot glazed crispy cauliflower, the lobster special and the truffle fries. After you’ve enjoyed dinner and the sunset, take a moment to simply relax by the fire pits at the pool bar or take a dip in the 24-hour pool before heading back to your beautiful room.

Where to stay

Hotel La Jolla exterior The Highland Dallas lobby interior Double Queen room at Hotel La Jolla
Hotel La Jolla logo

Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton

Welcome to Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton, where your peaceful stay begins at our entry drive with lighted torches. Nestled in a palm tree-lined residential area north of San Diego, this boutique hotel is steps from La Jolla Shores Beach and minutes from La Jolla Village, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and UC San Diego. We’re pleased to offer complimentary shuttle service within 1 mile of our La Jolla, CA hotel.


Hotel La Jolla was immaculate with plenty of natural sunlight flooding into the floor-to-ceiling windows of the lobby living room. Our room featured a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Dining at CUSP on the 11th floor was an amazing experience; we enjoyed the lobster special, the beautiful sunset and the cocktails, as well as the company of other guests staying at the hotel. At night, the entrance to the hotel is lit up by torches which takes the exterior to a whole new level. It honestly feels like you’ve been transported to Hawaii.

We had an unforgettable experience during our stay at Hotel La Jolla. The hotel is so close to everything; you are a short walk to local shops, authentic Mexican food and, of course, the beautiful beaches. If you’d like to venture out more and head to downtown La Jolla, the hotel has you fully covered with bike rentals and a complimentary car service.

One of my favorite features of the hotel is that each room from the 6th floor up has sprawling panoramic ocean views.