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Top Things to do in La Jolla in Summer

April 29, 2022

From Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, La Jolla is about as lively as it gets. With the summer tourist season in full swing, it’s the best time to see this seaside town at the height of its popularity. If you’re planning to come visit during the sunniest months of the year, our list of things to do in La Jolla in summer will help you round out your itinerary. From highly anticipated events to warm-weather mainstays, we’ve rounded up activities and events that will help guests of Cormorant Boutique Hotel enjoy our community to the fullest.


Make Time for Some Watersports 

Most of the year, the Pacific Ocean is chilly, making it less than ideal for getting out into the water. But summer’s hot temperatures warm up the water significantly, making it pleasant for exploring the underwater world. From kayaking the La Jolla Caves to snorkeling with leopard sharks, there’s a huge range of watersports to try out during your summer stay in La Jolla. Guests of Cormorant Boutique Hotel get 20% off at Everyday California Kayak, offering kayak tours of La Jolla Ecological Reserve, boasting one of the highest concentrations of marine life in all of California. This is one of the most adventurous things to do in La Jolla, and one of the most memorable too! 


Hike Along the Coast

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With stunning scenery and those cool ocean breezes, La Jolla’s coastal areas are perfect for a leisurely walk. Set out on the Coast Walk Trail, whose trailhead starts near Sunny Jim’s Sea Cave, and follow the meandering trail overlooking the shores down below. For more excellent views, check out the walking trail that starts near La Jolla Cove and ends at Children’s Pool. Looking to challenge yourself and get a good workout? Try the rugged hiking paths at La Jolla Natural Park. The best time to make this trek is in the morning before temperatures reach their peak.


Explore La Jolla Cove

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You can’t leave La Jolla without getting a glimpse of the geological wonders of La Jolla Cove. Rent a kayak and paddle through the caves yourself or book a guided tour with experienced professionals who will take you through the network of sea caves, sharing fascinating stories and insights along the way. Discover the famous Sunny Jim Cave, accessible through a man-made tunnel, or venture further to explore the exhilarating Emerald Cave. Witness the interplay of sunlight dancing on the water, illuminating the hidden chambers and rock formations as you paddle through. 

For an even more immersive encounter with La Jolla’s marine wonders, put your snorkeling gear on and dive into the crystal-clear waters surrounding the caves. Discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life, including graceful leopard sharks. Glide alongside these gentle creatures, surrounded by colorful fish and thriving vegetation, creating unforgettable memories with your special someone beneath the waves. 


Surprise your special someone with a glam picnic by the beach

Picnic Glam - Cormorant Boutique Hotel

Celebrate your special moments in style or simply enjoy a romantic afternoon with your loved one with our exclusive Picnic Glam package. In collaboration with Pop Up Picnic Co., we offer a luxurious, meticulously curated picnic experience where every detail is taken care of. Simply choose your desired location, and Pop Up Picnic Co. will set up a breathtaking setup for you and your partner. Ellen Browning Scripps Park and Cuvier Park, both within walking distance of Cormorant Boutique Hotel, provide idyllic settings for your romantic picnic. 

Enjoy a chef-inspired charcuterie grazing board, exquisite beverages, elegant decor, and charming touches like flowers and greenery garlands — perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, proposals, and more.


Go Museum-hopping

La Jolla boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, and museum hopping is a great way to spend a hot summer day indoors and learn something new with your partner. Visit the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and admire its impressive collection of contemporary artworks, ranging from paintings to sculptures and multimedia installations. For a deeper understanding of the region’s rich history, head to the La Jolla Historical Society’s Wisteria Cottage, showcasing fascinating exhibits and local heritage. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is another must-visit, where you can marvel at captivating marine life exhibits and learn about ocean conservation efforts.

Enjoy the views on top of Mt Soledad

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For breathtaking panoramic views of La Jolla and beyond, make your way to the summit of Mt Soledad. Drive or hike up to the top and be rewarded with sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, downtown San Diego, and the surrounding coastal landscape. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mexico! Find a cozy spot to sit with your loved one, breathe in the fresh air, and watch as the sun casts its golden hues over the picturesque landscape. 


Sunset Cocktails and dinner with a view

For a romantic night out, head to the Birdeye Rooftop Bar and Restaurant on top of Cormorant Boutique Hotel in the heart of La Jolla Village. This intimate rooftop bar treats us to breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails and exquisite wines while watching the sun gracefully descending into the water, painting the sky with vibrant hues. The ambiance is undeniably romantic, and the menu features delectable dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. It’s the perfect destination for a memorable date night or any special occasion. 


Attend a Summer Festival or Event in San Diego

Summer in San Diego is a great time to explore the city’s vibrant festival scene. Whether you’re foodies, music lovers, or just looking for some fun in the sun, San Diego has it all. Here are some of the best festivals and events in San Diego you can try to catch when you visit this summer:

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A San Diego summer wouldn’t be complete without the annual San Diego County Fair! Hop on thrilling rides, play challenging games, and load up on all your favorite fair-style food and treats, all while enjoying the coastal beauty of the area. Entrance fees range from $12-20; keep in mind the fair has gone cashless, so be prepared to pay with a card. 

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Join the ultimate pop culture event, where fans and creators come together to celebrate comics, movies, TV shows, and more. Immerse yourselves in the world of fantasy and meet your fellow enthusiasts!

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Enjoy free outdoor concerts by the sea, featuring the best SoCal and San Diego bands. Settle on the grassy lawn, bring a blanket and picnic, and let the music serenade you into the summer night.

 Get lost in the enchanting symphonies of the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival showcasing exceptional classical music performances by top players from the world’s greatest orchestras.

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This 4-week festival showcases chamber music, orchestral performances, and special collaborations by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world. It’s a must-attend summer festival in San Diego for classical music lovers.

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Now in its 107th year, cheer on the participants or take part in the event yourselves for a thrilling experience in the second oldest open water swim in the United States.

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Celebrating San Diego’s beach culture and lifestyle, enjoy live music, delicious food, and a variety of water activities, all while taking in the stunning waterfront views.

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Enjoy the best ‘LGBTQ entertainment, interactive exhibits, cultural presentations, and community resource’ while supporting the LGBTQ+ community at this celebration of love, equality, and diversity.



Stay at Cormorant Boutique Hotel and stay close to all the best things to do in La Jolla in the summer. And when you’re not out exploring, you can enjoy sea breezes and ocean views from your private balcony or from a table at Birdseye Restaurant, the hotel’s rooftop lounge.