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La Jolla (San Diego), California

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La Jolla is a large community within the city of San Diego, California. With the Pacific Ocean on three sides and Mount Soledad to the east, this penninsula makes for an excellent resort destination. The beach is just a short and steep walk from downtown La Jolla. Sporting some of the most expensive housing in the country and home to many top research institutions, the wealth in the area is very apparent. This means many of the stores in La Jolla are upscale, but there's also more moderately-priced stores and also the t-shirt and gift shops typical of a beach town.

Girard Avenue serves as the primary Main Street in town with many one of a kind boutiques and familiar chain stores. Prospect Street serves as La Jolla's other Main Street and is home to a large variety of art galleries, restaurants and other businesses, including office buildings and historic hotels. Other stores can be found on side streets, including several independent shops along Ivanhoe Avenue. Coast Boulevard leads down to Scripps Park and the cliffs before winding back up into town again. Nearby La Jolla Shores has some shopping and dining options as well. La Jolla is about twelve miles north of downtown San Diego just off the five freeway. Other Main Street communities in the area worth checking out include, the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town San Diego, and Coronado.

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Galleries and other specialty shops line Girard Avenue in La Jolla, California.
Galleries and other specialty shops line Girard Avenue in La Jolla, California.
Boutiques and hotels with unique architecture line Prospect Street in La Jolla, California.
Boutiques and hotels with unique architecture line Prospect Street in La Jolla, California.
The Pacific Ocean is just a drive away down Girard Avenue towards Coast Boulevard.
The Pacific Ocean is just a drive away down Girard Avenue towards Coast Boulevard.
High-end boutiques and restaurants can be found in the heart of La Jolla at the intersection of Girard Avenue and Prospect Street.
High-end boutiques and restaurants can be found in the heart of La Jolla at the intersection of Girard Avenue and Prospect Street.
More specialty shops and antique stores are located at the corner of Girard Avenue and Prospect Street.
More specialty shops and antique stores are located at the corner of Girard Avenue and Prospect Street.
Shops, restaurants and office buildings line Prospect Street in La Jolla, California.
Shops, restaurants and office buildings line Prospect Street in La Jolla, California.
La Valencia Hotel is an excellent example of Spanish architecture in La Jolla.
La Valencia Hotel is an excellent example of Spanish architecture in La Jolla.
Chic, high-end boutiques accompany the lush landscaping along Prospect Street in La Jolla.
Chic, high-end boutiques accompany the lush landscaping along Prospect Street in La Jolla.
Many independent shops are located on Ivanhoe Avenue, just off the main drag.
Many independent shops are located on Ivanhoe Avenue, just off the main drag.
Prospect street is home to numerous boutiques and upscale restaurants.
Prospect street is home to numerous boutiques and upscale restaurants.
These modern office buildings let you know that it's not all fun and games in La Jolla.
These modern office buildings let you know that it's not all fun and games in La Jolla.
Boutiques and other chain stores at the intersection of Prospect Street and Ivanhoe Avenue.
Boutiques and other chain stores at the intersection of Prospect Street and Ivanhoe Avenue.
Gourmet markets and art galleries on Prospect Street in La Jolla.
Gourmet markets and art galleries on Prospect Street in La Jolla.
Prospect Street divides where Girard Avenue winds down towards La Jolla's rocky cliffs.
Prospect Street divides where Girard Avenue winds down towards La Jolla's rocky cliffs.
Shops and interesting Spanish architecture along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
Shops and interesting Spanish architecture along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
A unique blend of old and new architectural styles at the intersection of Girard Avenue and Wall Street in La Jolla. (Note: The Panera Bread has since closed.)
A unique blend of old and new architectural styles at the intersection of Girard Avenue and Wall Street in La Jolla. (Note: The Panera Bread has since closed.)
Specialty shops, galleries, and chain stores along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
Specialty shops, galleries, and chain stores along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
Girard Avenue continues inland towards high-rise apartments and Mount Soledad.
Girard Avenue continues inland towards high-rise apartments and Mount Soledad.
More shops, galleries, sidewalk cafes, and plenty of available parking spaces limited to one hour along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
More shops, galleries, sidewalk cafes, and plenty of available parking spaces limited to one hour along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
A variety of shops and galleries along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
A variety of shops and galleries along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
Gourmet shops, chain stores, and lush landscaping along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
Gourmet shops, chain stores, and lush landscaping along Girard Avenue in La Jolla.
The Grande Colonial is one of several historic hotels in the heart of La Jolla.
The Grande Colonial is one of several historic hotels in the heart of La Jolla.
The Hotel Parisi at the intersection of Prospect Street and Herschel Avenue is home to several high-end boutiques.
The Hotel Parisi at the intersection of Prospect Street and Herschel Avenue is home to several high-end boutiques.
Art galleries and even sidewalk art can be found along  Prospect Street in La Jolla.
Art galleries and even sidewalk art can be found along Prospect Street in La Jolla.
More boutiques and cafes along Prospect Street in La Jolla.
More boutiques and cafes along Prospect Street in La Jolla.
Pricey homes with excellent views dot the hill side  near downtown La Jolla.
Pricey homes with excellent views dot the hill side near downtown La Jolla.
Notice the unusual (and slightly dangerous) intersection where Girard Avenue comes uphill to meet Prospect Street.
Notice the unusual (and slightly dangerous) intersection where Girard Avenue comes uphill to meet Prospect Street.
Here's another view of Girard Avenue coming up the steep hill from Coast Boulevard.
Here's another view of Girard Avenue coming up the steep hill from Coast Boulevard.
Girard Avenue continues downhill to Coast Boulevard.  The Pacific Ocean and Scripps Park can be seen off in the distance.
Girard Avenue continues downhill to Coast Boulevard. The Pacific Ocean and Scripps Park can be seen off in the distance.
Coast Boulevard separates Scripps Park from the numerous hotels and apartments with ocean views.
Coast Boulevard separates Scripps Park from the numerous hotels and apartments with ocean views.
Scripps Park features well maintained landscaping and spectacular views of La Jolla Cove and the Pacific Ocean.
Scripps Park features well maintained landscaping and spectacular views of La Jolla Cove and the Pacific Ocean.
One of the many caves dug into the cliff walls, just a short walk from downtown La Jolla.
One of the many caves dug into the cliff walls, just a short walk from downtown La Jolla.
Seals and Sea Lions enjoy taking advantage of La Jolla Cove's beautiful landscape.
Seals and Sea Lions enjoy taking advantage of La Jolla Cove's beautiful landscape.

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