La Jolla (Spanish for jewel, English pronunciation [ ləhɔɪə ] ) is a neighborhood of San Diego on the coast in San Diego County in California. He located 22 miles north of downtown San Diego and has 24,440 inhabitants ( January 2005). In the south, La Jolla borders Pacific Beach, on the north by the Torrey Pines State Reserve and Del Mar. La Jolla include the residential area of Bird Rock, Wind 'n ' Sea, La Jolla Farms and Torrey Pines.
The rugged coastline in conjunction with numerous beaches ( Wind 'n ' Sea Beach, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Beach and Tennis property, La Jolla Shores, Scripps and Black's Beach ) are among the main attractions. The University of California, San Diego, and also the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies is at its urban area. Furthermore there is the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla.
The center offers a large number of exclusive shops, which also reflects the wealth and upscale lifestyle of its inhabitants. In the 1960s, here was the California " surf culture ". In La Jolla is the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, will be held on every February the PGA Tour Buick Invitational.
In recent years, seals have taken the beach of the Children 's Pool, an artificial bay near the town center in fitting. Since the seals are protected by federal laws, their removal is difficult and ended in a major controversy between animal rights activists and the city. Currently swimming is allowed as long as the animals are not bothered.
An underwater reserve ( the Jolla Underwater Park ) covers large portions of the bay and is one of the most interesting for scuba divers easily accessible from the shore dive sites in California.
Every year in September will take place with the " La Jolla Rough Water Swim" one of the oldest continuously discharged competitions in open water swimming. More than a thousand participants swim a mile or three.
Sons and daughters of La Jolla (alphabetically )
- Steven Culp, actor
- Chris Dingman, Jazz Musicians
- Michael Franks, Jazz Musicians
- Marcia Gay Harden, Actress
- Óscar González Gutiérrez Rubio, Wrestler ( Ring Name: Rey Mysterio )
- James David Maslow actor and singer
- Audrey McElmury, cyclist
- Danica McKellar, Actress
- Robby Naish, multiple world champion in windsurfing
- Mary Oliver, violinist
- Gregory Peck, actor
- Gabrielle Reece, beach volleyball player, model, presenter and actress
- Autumn Reeser, Actress
- Cliff Robertson, actor