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5 Ideas for a Romantic Summer Morning in La Jolla

July 14, 2022

Why spend your vacation mornings in bed when you can get up and make the most of your day? For vacationers looking for those special, romantic La Jolla moments, the early morning hours present a unique opportunity. Our coastal community is the perfect place for a morning date, whether you prefer to start with something active or just want a quiet wakeup with a nice cup of coffee. Read on for a few ideas of things to do in La Jolla in the morning, created especially for guests of Cormorant Boutique Hotel.


Enjoy Sea Breezes on the Beach

There’s something magical about La Jolla in the morning. This sleepy seaside town takes its time emerging from its slumber, giving couples the opportunity to explore before the crowds descend on the town’s patios and beaches. Set your alarm early and head out on foot to La Jolla Cove, a heavenly beach just a 5-minute walk from Cormorant Boutique Hotel, where sea lions and seals are just as likely to enjoy a morning sunbathe as locals are. Take a dip in the shallow, warm waters, or simply enjoy watching pelicans fly by. Make sure to grab breakfast and fresh juice at Prospect Market before you depart.

Enjoy a Morning Kayak Session

Morning’s lower temperatures and cool ocean breezes are perfect for enjoying some outdoor La Jolla activities before the summer heat is at its most intense. Get a jump on the day and enjoy a kayaking session with your partner at La Jolla Shores Beach, a top spot for waterborne activities thanks to its gentle waves. Guests of Cormorant Boutique Hotel get 20% off kayak rentals at Everyday California Kayak, a highly rated tour agency and rental company located on Avenida de La Playa. Hit the water and keep your eyes peeled for leopard sharks, dolphins, and whales — these are all things it’s not uncommon to see on a La Jolla kayak tour. 

Have a Coffee Date

No matter how many things to do in La Jolla you have slated, you’ll need energy to get through your busy day. Start your summer morning with a strong coffee on your private balcony at Cormorant Boutique Hotel. Each room is equipped with a Nespresso machine, which produces a smooth, high-quality brew with a creamy finish. Enjoy the coastal scenery while you plan your day with your other half. Eager to get out on the town right away? Get a seat at Living Room Café, a cozy spot that feels just like home, or head down to Elixir Espresso and Wine Bar to enjoy European-style coffees in sleek, modern digs. Both coffee houses open at 7 am. 

Check Out Scripps Coastal Meander Trail

The benefit of visiting a place like La Jolla is that breathtaking views are never far. Take, for example, Scripps Coastal Meander Trail, which snakes along a bluff high above the beaches below, affording one-of-a-kind panoramas of coastal splendor. This soaring walking path is not for the faint of heart, but for those brave enough to traverse its dusty paths, one of the most romantic La Jolla moments awaits. Heading here in the morning will help you avoid the foot traffic later in the day — go early enough and you just might have the path all to yourself.

Go Bird-Watching

From hummingbirds and ospreys to woodpeckers and red-tailed hawks, San Diego County is home to a wide range of avian species. The seaside enclave of La Jolla is an especially spectacular place for birdwatching, given its coastal environment and diverse ecosystems. Morning is a great time to see birds, as many will be out and about looking to catch their first meal of the day. You’ll especially love seeing double-breasted cormorants and Brandt’s cormorants, two seabirds that commonly roost on the rocky shores. As you move further from the coast and into residential neighborhoods, you may see a California Scrub-Jay, a Black Phoebe, or a Lesser Goldfinch, among others.


Cormorant Boutique Hotel is a chic, lively base in the heart of La Jolla Village, close to beaches, restaurants, shops, bars, and coffee houses. With private balconies, in-room Nespresso machines, an onsite market, and a rooftop lounge, it’s the perfect base for a romantic La Jolla trip.