If you’re interested in vacationing in San Diego, you may be asking, “Should I stay in La Jolla or San Diego?” You’ll want to carefully consider these options to ensure you choose the area that’s right for you. San Diego and La Jolla both offer visitors a unique experience, but we can help you determine which is best for your Southern California dream vacation. Don’t worry! You’ll be soaking up the sun in no time. 
There are so many exciting things to do in both La Jolla and San Diego. Access our complimentary Travel Guide to discover the highest quality restaurants, galleries, and activities available in the area.  

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How to Choose Between Staying in La Jolla or San Diego

La Jolla 

While La Jolla is technically in the city and county of San Diego, it’s often thought of by locals as an independent area. However, it does refer to a particular area within San Diego. We can describe this area with one word: picturesque. This upscale beach town is home to some of San Diego’s most excellent restaurants, shops, and homes. 


La Jolla is known as San Diego’s Jewel by the Sea. Within La Jolla, you’ll find some of San Diego’s most awe-inspiring homes, as well as some of the highest price points. The community consists of everything from couples enjoying a luxury retirement to families vacationing for the summer. 


One of the best parts of La Jolla is its rugged coastline that makes for some of the best views in all of San Diego. Beaches are the primary focus in this part of town and for a good reason!  Each offers something a little different. You can choose Shell Beach to search for starfish, La Jolla Shores for a flatter landscape, and even Children’s Pool to spot sea lions. 
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You’ll never run out of things to do while staying in La Jolla! You can find everything from luxury art galleries to upscale shopping in Downtown La Jolla. Plus, if you’re feeling outdoorsy, indulge in the local hiking trails in Torrey Pines State Park or play a few holes at the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.
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San Diego


You can expect San Diego to feel more like an urban city than a relaxing beach town like La Jolla. There may be larger crowds, but that’s because there’s most going on! 


There is no shortage of beach access in San Diego. Ocean Beach tends to attract the largest number of visitors with its classic Southern California atmosphere and panoramic, coastal views. This area is casual and laid back with surf shops and oceanside bars lining the shore. You can also find the popular Dog Beach north of here so your four-legged friend can enjoy the sunshine as well.  


San Diego boasts a lengthy roster of attractions, including the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, SeaWorld, Petco Park, Legoland, and Balboa Park. Millions of people travel each year to experience the fun for themselves. You’ll also find a wide array of educational museums and award-winning restaurants in the area. 
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Stay With Monarch Luxury Villas

Modern La Jolla Escape kitchen owned by Monarch Luxury VillasRegardless of where you choose to stay, Monarch Luxury Villas offers a collection of some of the most highly saute-after homes in San Diego. Whether you decide to stay nestled in the hills of La Jolla or near all of the action in Downtown San Diego, we have the perfect villa for you. Imagine private pools, panoramic vista, private chefs, and full concierge services. We know how to experience luxury in San Diego. Allow us to show you. Book your stay at one of our stunning villas today.