La Jolla is derived from the Spanish word meaning “jewel” and it’s pretty easy to see why the city was given its name. Beautiful oceans, delicious food, and a range of things to do are what draw millions of people to the city each year. But every diamond has its flaw and while these flaws aren’t very significant, it’s always nice to be prepared when visiting a new place. Even one as amazing as La Jolla.
Hey I’m Ethan, I’m a La Jolla local. I grew up in San Diego and I went to college actually back in Pennsylvania and one of the first things that happened when I went to Pennsylvania is I knew I wanted to come back because of all the great things La Jolla has to offer. So if you are planning to come out to La Jolla, I have a few words of advice and some things to look out for.
One of the first things to look out for is the traffic. A lot of people are coming out to La Jolla now because it’s such a great place to be and that’s congested our roads. So, some of the main roads that have pretty bad traffic are the five freeway, Torrey Pines Road (it gets very trafficky for the beach seasons because it leads to the beach), and then La Jolla Shores Drive which is right up along the main beach and it gets pretty congested there.
Along with the traffic you see a large increase in troubles with parking. So if you’re coming to the beach, make sure you get there early. Be courteous, leave enough space for someone to park next to you or behind you if you’re parallel parking. And if you do want a good space it’s better to come early. Even in Downtown La Jolla parking gets pretty crowded there.
Another thing to look out for that’s less serious is there’s a bird poop smell down at La Jolla Cove. The seals love to rest up against the rocks and it’s a cool thing to see, but if you’re going to look at the seals be prepared to smell some bird poop.
And the last and final thing is beach etiquette. If you’re going to the beach and you’re not quite familiar with beach-like surroundings, look out for big waves, look out for strong currents, make sure you know where any rocks are in the area so that you don’t go crashing into a rock, and also stingrays. Stingrays reside in sand-bottomed beaches and will come up and sting you if you don’t shuffle your feet.
So just make sure you familiarize yourself with your surroundings and have safe fun out in the ocean. Thanks.