Top rated rentals — La Jolla
Destination guide

Hasta La Jolla, baby

Known for its sandy beaches, ritzy shopping, and palatial seaside residences, La Jolla isn't your average sleepy beach town. Nestled between I-5 and the Pacific Ocean, this well-heeled San Diego community is home to Torrey Pines Golf Course, a scenic clifftop course that hosts the annual Farmers Insurance Open. La Jolla vacation rentals near The Village, the posh downtown area, offer easy access to swanky shops, restaurants, and bars. The UC San Diego campus, also in La Jolla, serves as the hub of a lively student community.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near La Jolla vacation rentals

The sprawling, blufftop Torrey Pines Golf Course might have hosted the U.S. Open in 2008, but it's open to the public year-round. Tee times are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, but you may want to bring a sleeping bag – weekend visitors have been known to camp out the night before to ensure a spot. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego boasts a permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art, many of which are on display in the stately former home of journalist and publisher Ellen Browning Scripps.


Activities near La Jolla vacation homes

While La Jolla features many stellar beaches, the sandy La Jolla Shores is a favorite among locals for its surf and sunbathing. Surfers willing to brave a steep downhill trek – and the occasional beachcomber looking for that all-over tan – will be rewarded with the secluded Black's Beach, an unofficial "clothing optional" stretch of coastline considered by many to have some of the best waves in San Diego. The Scripps Coastal Reserve offers 46 acres of hiking trails, plant life, and bird-watching, as well as 80 acres of protected ocean and beach.


Fun and sun in La Jolla

La Jolla's temperate Mediterranean climate means you can enjoy its beaches almost all year round. Although morning fog is fairly common during the summer _ locals call it "May gray" or "June gloom," depending on the month _ it tends to burn off by midday, giving way to sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies. August is the warmest month, with an average high of 82¡F. While rain is rare, you're most likely to see it in January, February, and March, though rates for La Jolla vacation rentals don't tend to change much between summer and winter.

Natural features

La Jolla's natural charms

La Jolla's landscape is marked by a series of hills and mesas that plunge steeply downward to meet sandy beaches or rugged coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Wild seals are a common sight along the rocky shoreline, and the area's many sea caves and coastal inlets offer opportunities for kayakers and divers to get up close and personal with La Jolla's leopard shark population. The fish aren't dangerous, so feel free to leave the harpoons at home. Your central La Jolla vacation rental also offers easy access to San Diego's many natural bays and blufftop hiking trails.


Best beaches near La Jolla vacation homes

La Jolla has beautiful beaches that are ideal for a family outing or a quiet day in the sun. Vacation homes can be found near places like Children’s Pool La Jolla, a protected sandy cove beach with harbor seals and calm waters, and Black’s Beach, a tranquil beach with soft sand and gentle surf. You could also visit Marine Street Beach, a popular beach with rough swells for surfers.

How to get there

How to get to and around La Jolla

Fly into San Diego Intl. Airport (SAN), the closest airport, located 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 7.7 mi (12.4 km) away.

Walk to nearby metro transportation at VA Medical Center Station or Voigt Drive Station to more easily navigate the city.

Family friendly

Family attractions near La Jolla vacation rentals

Kids will love the array of attractions in La Jolla. Vacation homes are available near family-friendly places like Kellogg Park, an oceanfront park with a playground, play structures, and grassy areas, and the Scripps Coastal Reserve, a protected nature area with walking trails, cliff views, and wildlife. You could also visit La Jolla Historical Society, a center with local heritage documents, artifacts, and photographs showcased in a historic cottage.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near La Jolla?

Whatever your getaway needs, you'll find a rental in or around La Jolla that's perfect for you. Why not try these on for size?:

  • "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo" is a popular choice. Around 11 miles from La Jolla, it has 2 bedrooms and loads of useful amenities, including daily housekeeping services and a TV.
  • Another great choice is "Treat Yourself Lake Views - Serenity", which is around 30 miles from La Jolla. Featuring 2 bedrooms, free toiletries and a blender, it has everything you need to keep you happy and comfortable.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect La Jolla vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near La Jolla?

You need only set foot in one of our tiny house vacation rentals in La Jolla to recognize that good things really do come in small packages. Ingeniously designed to make use of every inch of space, these pint-sized pads deliver a big vacation experience:

  • Leave it all behind and escape to "Travelers Tiny Home Oasis With Private Hot Tub". This retreat in San Diego packs plenty of comforts into its cozy space, such as WiFi and a TV.
  • "Camplux Tiny Home" in West Ridge is another great pick. Cookware, dishware and utensils and off-street parking options will help make your time here extra comfortable.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near La Jolla?

Whether you want to spend your getaway adventuring outdoors or unwinding with your friends, Vrbo has gorgeous log cabins where you can do both. Have a peek at these retreats in and around La Jolla:

  • "New Coleman Creek, Authentic Log Cabin + Spa In Forest. Thoroughly Disinfected": This is the ideal base to enjoy the neat outdoor activities in and around the region, including cycling and kayaking.
  • "Charming Log Cabin Surrounded By The Hills Of The Cleveland National Forest": After a fun day of trying out some popular local pastimes, such as hiking and biking and cycling, return home to this charming property.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near La Jolla?

Take a rain check on those household chores, because weekends were made for having fun. Choose one of these weekend getaways in and near La Jolla and experience all the terrific things to do nearby:

  • Enjoy a change of scenery at "You've Just Found San Diego's Most Unique Family Gathering Place", which is around 25 miles to the southeast of central La Jolla. There's plenty of adventure and nature to keep you on the go here. Go fishing and horse riding or just explore the sights of Coronado Tidelands Park and Knox House Museum.
  • Alternatively, enjoy a rejuvenating getaway at "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet". Stay in and enjoy its comforts, or be adventurous and try surfing and boogie boarding and sailing. When it's time to explore some nearby attractions, plan a visit to Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course and Women's Museum. This charming vacation rental is around 9 miles southeast of La Jolla.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around La Jolla?

Appreciate the culture and lifestyle of La Jolla from the privacy and comfort of your own studio apartment. Whether you're planning to escape on your own or have some fun with pals, you'll find the perfect studio apartment in or near La Jolla:

  • Make "Beautiful Private Get - Away, Casita" your home away from home. This sought-after property features amenities including a garden and a porch.
  • "Treetop Luxury Suite At Tropical Resort" is another fabulous choice. Make yourself comfy and take advantage of a free nearby fitness center, a barbecue grill and more.

There are plenty of attractions around La Jolla to put on your must-do list. Feed your inner culture vulture and visit Queen Califa's Magical Circle and SDAI Museum of the Living Artist.

Can I find short term rentals in or near La Jolla?

Just because you only have a couple of days free doesn't mean you have to spend it in a characterless hotel room. Get away but still have the comforts of home at one of these short-term rentals in or around La Jolla:

  • Close to the heart of La Jolla, "Fort 1 Craftsman On The Woods - Quiet" is a terrific base for a whirlwind break. While you're around, don't miss well-known attractions like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Convention Center.
  • "Right On The Beach Exquisitely Remodeled 3br" is another excellent option. Don't forget to add Balboa Park and University of San Diego to your itinerary when you're ready to sightsee.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near La Jolla?

Whether spent in a cabin, an apartment or a lodge, a romantic weekend getaway is a wonderful way to spice up your love life. Whisk your special someone off for a couple of leisurely days at one of these top escapes in or near La Jolla:

  • Located around 11 miles from La Jolla, "Balboa Park Super Luxe Tropical Hideaway Minutes To The Zoo" is the perfect place for adoring couples. A fireplace and housekeeping services are among the many amenities you'll find here.
  • Another place where you can enjoy a few precious days together is "Kennebeck Ct, 30 Seconds To Sand". Around 6 miles from La Jolla, winery tours and beauty services add to the ambiance here.

Are there mansions for rent in or near La Jolla?

We've got some awesome mansions for rent in and around La Jolla. If you're after somewhere with lots of space as well as a big dollop of wow factor, these architectural stunners will not disappoint:

  • Located about 20 miles to the north of La Jolla, "Newly Renovated Gorgeous Beachfront Mansion On The Sand P1733" is the ideal place for a luxurious getaway. Amenities here include a fireplace and a beach view.
  • Another popular option is "New Stunning Mansion Amazing Location". Around 10 miles to the southeast of La Jolla, this fancy vacation rental represents the height of high-class living and offers beauty services, golf and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near La Jolla?

Share your stay and have twice as much fun. Whether you're organizing an epic escape with your besties for a family get-together, there's no shortage of large group vacation rentals in and around La Jolla:

  • Providing space, comfort and privacy, you'll get everyone's stamp of approval at "You've Just Found San Diego's Most Unique Family Gathering Place". Up to 14 people can be accommodated at this retreat which has 5 bedrooms, a swimming pool and a garden. This group getaway is around 25 miles to the southeast of La Jolla.
  • Nothing's more important than being together with loved ones, and "Perfect For 2 Or 3 Families. Unobstructed Park And Ocean Views. Steps To Sand" is the ideal place to do that. Located around 0.1 miles to the south of La Jolla, as many as 15 guests can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A beach view and a fireplace are among the various amenities at hand here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near La Jolla?

Of all the conveniences a vacation rental can offer, a pool is one of the most desired. Have a look at these houses for rent with a pool in or near La Jolla and spend your time splashing about. Just remember to bring your inflatable pizza slice:

  • Pack your swim gear and take your gang to "Come Stay At Your Coastal Dream House". There are plenty of other great amenities here, including childrens activities and a video library.
  • "Read Our Reviews Guests This Family Friendly House" is the sort of place you go to leave the everyday behind and enjoy your surroundings, starting with its inviting pool. Childrens activities and a kitchen are also on hand to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Not sure how to pack your suitcase for your La Jolla break? This popular destination has a semi-arid climate. During the summer months, you can expect average temperatures ranging from 65 ºF to 75 ºF. Check out our selection of La Jolla vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more great ideas about where to stay.