The 7 Personalities of La Jolla

Often characterised as San Diego's 'jewel by the sea', La Jolla is a luxurious West coast seaside town surrounded on three sides by the sea and backed by the steep slopes of Mount Soledad. From the crashing waves to the award-winning culinary creations, La Jolla sparkles with natural beauty. Whether you are strolling through this picturesque village on a date-night, or vacationing in a beachfront vacation rental immersed in casual, relaxed luxury, La Jolla promises a sun-kissed Southern Californian experience like no other.

If you are a vacation-maker attracted to this devine destination by the beautiful beaches, a surfer mesmerized by the crashing shores and impressive barrels, or an artisan inspired by the creative coastline culture, La Jolla offers the quintessential San Diego experience. From designer boutiques, award-winning theatre to the county's best eateries - La Jolla offers by far San Diego's most vibrant neighbourhoods. And with this exuberance, you get an amalgamation of personalities, each distinct and disparate from one another. This Southern Californian dream is a home to individuals with varying ages, genders and professions with La Jolla serving a different purpose for each of them. So to help you out when you are on vacation in this seaside serenity, here is a list of the personalities you'll most likely meet in La Jolla.

Cove off La Jolla California

1. The Golf Enthusiasts

Golf enthusiasts come from all over the world to visit Torrey Pines Golf Course, a municipal course owned by the city of San Diego. They come both to play and to watch. Torrey Pines Golf Course hosts the popular PGA event, the Farmers Insurance Open Professional Golf Tournament, which is the second stop on the West Coast Swing and the site of the 2008 United States Open Championship and Tiger Woods' last major victory.

Checkered tops and shorts, a bag full of silver plated irons and drivers and a host of both men and women ready to hit the fairway are your prototypical personalities in La Jolla - and aren't they proud of it. With golf courses overlooking the serene coastline, they'd say you were foolish not to take up such an honourable hobby. Tom Weiskopf's architectural genius of Torrey Pines' ensures that Golfers near and far return to La Jolla, many of whom leave with a smile and excitement to return in the not too distant future.

Torrey Pines Golf Course

2. The Top 1%

With its beautiful weather and booming entertainment business, Southern California is one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. No surprise, then, that it's home to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods and individuals in the country. You'll often see the rich families riding around La Jolla in the finest clothes and cars, out on shopping excursions at Sigi's designer boutique or tasting the upscale seafood at The Marine Room, famed for its glass wall that disperses out into the water so much that waves softly crash against it during high tide.

Home to the top 1% of billionaires and business owners, La Jolla welcomes the finest selection of specimens to their shores. And it maintains an attractive appeal to many of them with its fantastic terrain of luxury homes built with an unobstructed view of San Diego's captivating coastline. Walking around here is sure to make you feel as if you have celebrity status.

La Jolla's Beautiful Coastline

3. The Fitness Freak

La Jolla boast an embarrassment of riches when it comes to active, outdoor activities; a people's and locals best-beloved part of this upscale seaside village. Whether you are hiking the La Jolla cove or frequenting the sea cave kayaks, there is no shortage of places to get your heart rate acceleration during your stay.

With this being said, you are bound to find the fitness freaks here in this active village. In fact, you can spot them easily in public because they like to congregate in numbers wearing the finest running trainers or hiking boots ahead of their afternoons excursions. They usually are harmless. However, they will make you feel guilty when you spend the afternoon on your sunlounger with a cool beverage and sweet appetizers while they continue to run back and forth on the sandy terrain. Given the diversity of la Jolla's physical infrastructure, the fitness freaks tend to be out in full force so expect to see them darting around the narrow streets and glorious coastlines when visiting.

Kayaking on La Jolla Beach

4. The Surfer

Surfing is the local favorite way to enjoy the beauty of the ocean. From dawn to dusk, you'll find surfers frolocking in the water in black wetsuits, carving white wake into the breaking waves. La Jolla's diverse reefs and beaches offer a wide range of surfing conditions only a hop, skip and jump away from one another other.

Indeed, these free-spirited, playful yet relaxed individuals are as plentiful as the grains of sand in La Jolla, contributing to the active, hippie vibe reminiscent of this San Diego suburb. Their love for gliding up and down a wave and tasting its salty spray is so intoxicating that they continue to venture back to the beach day-in day-out (particularly over the summer seasons). And as La Jolla is a mecca for surfing prowess, with its varied waves and tides, you are guaranteed to see these boarding bunnies attempt to catch a 'gnarly wave' when here.

Surfing on La Jolla Beach

5. The CEOs

Home to many educational institutions and a variety of businesses in the areas of lodging, dining, shopping, software, finance and real estate, there is no shortage of retired CEOs and former bigwigs here in La Jolla. These are people who built empires, and then retired to paradise. It's one of the reasons there is so much money in this town, and also why there are so many non-profits in the area.

As one of the richest neighbourhoods in the country, the CEOs love to live in this beautiful coastal town, 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, yet far away enough to feel isolated in their own slice of seaside sanctuary. Besides partaking in a quick 18 holer or sailing around the coast in their afternoons, these retired folk will help local young professionals or local university students make their own way in life. Indeed, picture your desired luxury seaside village where the community work together in unison, well that's La Jolla.

Retired Luxury Homes in La Jolla

6. The Artists

This seaside town is where the cool, southern California vibe meets modern luxury and refined culture. Art is everywhere in La Jolla, from murals by famous artists to the many galleries along Girard Avenue to the area homes designed by some of our region's best architects. La Jolla is also home to the La Jolla Playhouse, the award winning theatre responsible for creating some of Broadway's best productions such as the Jersey Boys.

When vacationing in the brimming cultural hub, you are guaranteed to stumble across avid art enthusiasts, sculptures and designers all fascinated by the vast and diverse cultural expression this seaside paradise possesses. Keep your eye out when walking past the Museum of Contemporary Art, you'll find an electric buzz of them mesmerized by the forever rotating art displays at this cultural hotspot.

Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla

7. The Students

Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the University of San Diego provides a beautiful and rewarding academic environment where students and faculty are partners in learning. With over 33,000 individuals studying here, you’re bound to find some hopeful students lurking around the La Jolla shores. If they are not brimming with deadlines, you'll see them out enjoying the devine San Diego sights - whether it's the best eateries in town, the beautiful beaches or enjoying the nightlife, they all seem to be loving life in the highly-coveted San Diego University. And with over 200 sunny days guaranteed per year its no wonder why.

La Jolla is far from another tired beach town. Like other destinations within San Diego, it has a surprisingly lively and electric atmosphere. Whether you are a student, an artist, a wealthy executive, or an outdoor enthusiast - La Jolla is brimming with excitement and activities for everyone fortunate enough to visit.

At Emerald Kite, we know all about luxury with our beachfront vacation rentals providing panoramic views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean footsteps away from your king size beds. Our homes guarantee that you'll have an opulent vacation experience like no other, with rentals featuring a jaw-dropping Infinity Pool, Spa, and Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace. Situated in close proximity to the sandy shores, you will have access to all the fining dining and shopping experiences that La Jolla has to offer.

All our homes are privately owned and professionally managed, featuring cleaning staff to help you create an exceptional, highly personalized vacation experience. Imagine waking up to the azure views and the sound of crashing waves soothing you into the vacation rhythm. Then walking down to the beach to soak up some Californian sunshine until your skin is sunkissed and bronzed by the sizzling heat. Book with Emerald Kite today to truly discover the jewel of San Diego and see what all the fuss is about!

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