Get Yourself(ie) to La Jolla!

By: Grande Colonial Hotel / 01 Dec 2022
La Jolla Cove Beach

The Best Spots for Photographs in La Jolla

They say a picture tells a thousand words.  True!  But a memory lasts a lifetime.  And what better way to create such lasting memories of your visit to the seaside Village of La Jolla than through photographs?  Aside from the spectacular view above taken from the Grande Colonial's back terrace, below is a list of our recommendations for the best photo opportunities in our town -- the well-known spots, and a couple of "best kept secrets" -- all of which are sure to bring those fond memories of wanderlust rushing back...even after your tan fades away.

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove:  La Jolla Cove is a very small beach, tucked between sandstone cliffs, and was named the most Insta-friendly beach, according to Because of its extraordinary beauty, La Jolla Cove is one of the most photographed beaches in Southern California. Boasting 4,257 hashtags, the La Jolla destination is widely popular on the social media platform, Instagram, and it flaunts a total of 366,068 hashtagged Instagram posts made about it.  You'll find great photography spots from Sunny Jim's Cave Store and Sea Cave.  For only $5, you can go directly down into the cave and emerge at a perfect cave-opening photo opportunity.  Afterward, you'll want to walk down the hill and stop at La Jolla Cove. Be sure and get some photos from this lookout perch!

Salk Institute

Salk Institute:  The Salk Institute in La Jolla is one of the most unforgettable sights in the area. The Institute sits on the coastal bluffs of La Jolla, over 300 feet above the ocean. Not only will you get an incredible view of the Pacific, but you will also see some of the greatest architecture in all of Southern California.  And you can get a guided architecture tour, Monday through Friday, led by trained and knowledgeable docents.

Black's Beach

Black's Beach:  More accurately known as a "clothing optional" beach, Black's Beach is the largest nude beach in all of the US. The beach is named for the Black family who once had a horse farm on the cliffs overlooking the beach. People come here so they can tan without the confines of clothing but they enjoy it for the breathtaking views. 

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial:  One of the most unique Veterans Memorials in America and one of the most visited spots in all of San Diego County, featuring 360-degree panoramic views encompassing the Pacific Ocean to the west, the coastal cities to the north, the mountains to the east and Downtown San Diego and beyond to the south. Currently there are over 3,500 veterans honored on the Memorial Walls including presidents. Medal of Honor recipients, Generals, celebrity veterans and many other veterans with names that are not familiar, but who proudly served our country helping preserve the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  

Tim Hawkinson Bear

Tim Hawkinson Bear:  Created by artist Tim Hawkinson, this giant granite statue goes by the name "Bear." The 2005 work of art is constructed of 8 giant boulders, all found locally and pieced together to form Hawkinson's vision. The bear is almost 24-feet high and weighs 180 tons!  It sits in the midst of Warren College, a piece in the Stuart Collection at the University of California at San Diego.

Scripps Pier

Scripps Pier:  This concrete pier juts out into the ocean, flanked by a stretch of sand on either side.  The beach is divided into a north and south section by the pier. Both North Scripps & South Scripps are favorites for surfers. The swimmers, kayakers and other ocean-goers normally head to the south side.  The pier, officially known as Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, is owned by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of the University of California at San Diego.

La Jolla Secret Swing

La Jolla Secret Swing:  With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the La Jolla Secret Swings should definitely be on your bucket list. Just a short hike from the Birch Aquarium visitor parking lot, these swings are the perfect photo opp for the entire family. Get swingin'!

Coast Walk Trail

Coast Walk Trail:  Known as the best way to see La Jolla, this shoreline walkway takes you through the upscale Village, providing stunning views of the ocean and marine life. Free parking can be difficult to find so it's best to pay for a spot at a nearby garage and spend your time having fun instead of hunting for a spot.  The walk is well worth it!

Feeling inspired?  Don't just look at our pictures. Get yourself(ie) to La Jolla today and take some of your own.  Head on over to our reservations page to book your trip today.


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