Visiting La Jolla Before You Move

Sometimes it’s enough to take a vacation to La Jolla for a few days before you return to your everyday life. But for some, that’s not enough. Some visitors fall in love with the beautiful beaches, friendly community, and warm sun and decide to make a move that’s more permanent. In fact, you might even be considering moving to La Jolla off of reputation alone, without ever having seen it. Of course, before you put a down payment on a home, you’ll want to visit the community and make sure it’s really for you.

If you’re visiting La Jolla with the intention of moving later, The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla welcomes you. Here’s what you should consider checking out while you’re here.


Of course, one of the first priorities will be to check out the neighborhoods so you know exactly where you want to live in La Jolla. La Jolla might not be a large city, but there are several residential areas, each with their own appeals.

La Jolla North Village is a beloved neighborhood when it comes to young professionals and college students. It’s close to major shopping centers and has great restaurants and a movie theater for entertainment. The Village, the downtown district of La Jolla, is also a great option if you want to be in the heart of things. La Jolla Shores is a great place to raise a family and close to the beach, so young and old are likely to enjoy it. Bird Rock is one of the most famous neighborhoods, known even outside of La Jolla, with excellent opportunities to shop and dine. Considering something a little quieter? Maybe Upper Hermosa or Muirlands West is more your style.


It’s important to know where you’re going to live and where you’ll likely buy groceries and go out for entertainment. It’s also a good idea to know what the food scene is like, since you’ll probably go out to eat once in a while. You can probably find your favorite food chains here, but some of the best dining you’ll find in La Jolla includes the local, independent restaurants. We’ve covered the food scene in La Jolla several times in our blog, including a spotlight on local fine dining, bakeries, breakfast and brunch, and pizza.

Looking for something vegan? Try Trilogy Sanctuary or Green Door Cafe. Maybe you prefer Mexican food? Verdes El Ranchero or Jose’s Court Room are waiting. There’s no end of options.

Beaches and Scenery

Of course, if you’re making the move with kids, you might have to look at schools and parks. If you’re an avid golfer, you might want to check out golf clubs. But remember that your visit, even if it has a purpose, should ultimately be a vacation as well. Take some time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of La Jolla while you’re here and imagine being able to get to them easily from your own home after you move. Closest to us is La Jolla Cove, small but stunning with natural bluffs and even seals and sea lions. La Jolla Shores and Windansea Beach are both popular beach options that are worth checking out. In terms of parks, it’s hard to beat Torrey Pines State Reserve, with 2,000 acres of carefully preserved wildlife. Give yourself a few days to take your time and see it all.

And of course, while you’re here and considering moving, feel free to ask the locals for their own recommendations. Even a short trip to La Jolla could be enough to fall in love with it and look for something more permanent. Need more incentive? When you book with the Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla direct, we’ll price match your room and even throw in a 5% discount.


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