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The Best Places to Take Photos in La Jolla


La Jolla is a beautiful coastal city located in San Diego County in California. In 2017, the area was host to 48.5 million tourists who spent over $10.8 billion dollars. If you’ve never visited this charming town, you’re in for a treat!

Don’t forget to bring your camera when you visit La Jolla. La Jolla is home to some of the most beautiful sights in all of San Diego. From stunning landmarks and gorgeous beaches to wonderful museums and galleries, La Jolla has plenty of picture worthy spots.

Wondering where the most photogenic places in La Jolla are? Read on to learn where you should take photos next time you’re in the area.

Murals of La Jolla

The murals of La Jolla have become some of the most popular photography spots throughout all of La Jolla.

These murals are created by a number of artists and are designed to bring energy and vitality to public spaces in the community. And, you can visit these murals any time of the day, any day of the week! All La Jolla murals are publicly available for all to see  24 hours, 7 days a week.

Salk Institute

The Salk Institute in La Jolla is one of the most unforgettable sights in the area. The Institute sits on the coastal bluffs of La Jolla, over 300 feet above the ocean. Not only will you get an incredible view of the Pacific, but you will also see some of the greatest architecture in all of Southern California.

What’s great is that the Institute offers a guided architecture tour, Monday through Friday at 12PM. The one-hour tours are led by trained and knowledgeable docents and take you through the best architectural sights at the Institute.


La Jolla Cove and Coast Blvd.

You’ll find great photography spots all along Coast Boulevard. From Sunny Jim’s Cave Store and Sea Cave all the way to Windansea Beach (pronounced “wind-and-sea”), there’s a wealth of beautiful subjects to capture.

You can start at Cave Street and Sunny Jim’s. For only $5, you can go directly down into the cave and emerge at a perfect cave-opening photo opportunity.

Afterward, you’ll want to walk down the hill and stop at La Jolla Cove. There’s a little open-air green hut near the stairs down to Shell Beach. Be sure and get some photos from this lookout perch!

Also, make sure to check out the spectacular sights all along the ocean walk by Coast Blvd. Don’t miss the seawall at the Children’s Pool!

Back in 1931, the seawall formed a safe cove for kids to play on the beach. Today, it’s a haven for seals and sea lions. Walking out to the end of the seawall you’ll get perfect views. You’ll also get the quintessential La Jolla, California photos.

Mount Soledad

Mt. Soledad is home to a huge cross and Korean War memorial. The 360-degree views from the top of this mountain are stunning.

This is the perfect place to try your hand at some ‘Golden Hour’ photography. You won’t regret your trip to the top! Up there, you’ll get amazing birds-eye views of all of La Jolla.

University of California, San Diego

Another one of La Jolla’s hidden photography gems is the University of California, San Diego art exhibits. For example, the University hosts The Stuart Collection. The collection is one of the largest outdoor art exhibits. Photograph Niki de Saint Phalle’s colorful Sun God.

Aside from these exhibits, you’ll also want to check out Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star. It’s a small house perched precariously, seven stories up, on top of Jacobs Hall.

Not only is it an incredible architectural feat, it’s a great subject for any photographer! You can go inside, but visiting hours are short – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM to 2PM.

Now that you know the best places to get La Jolla California pictures, you’re ready to go! Even if all you have is the phone on your camera, you’ll cherish these photos forever.

Photograph sea caves, sea lions, and ocean views from near and far. From the top of the mountain to the outdoor art installations of UCSD, you can’t go wrong with your camera in La Jolla.

For more on this subject read our recent blog post, “4 Fun Ways to Spend the Day in La Jolla.”

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