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Home Care In La Jolla, CA

Home Care La Jolla, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Mushroom Beach House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in La Jolla, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!! . Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver .. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“Always Best Senior Care is an amazing company. My husband had a stroke which left him paralyzed on one side. I was having so much difficulty trying to lift and assist him especially when it came to showering it was at that time I knew I needed assistance from a male I had no idea what to do or who would be able to help me with my husband. I reached out to several companies but was told they were limited with male caregivers and could help me. Thankfully I was given a lead and was contacted by a very nice and informative lady named Chelsea who has help us out so much by sending two very nice young men to help me with my husband. I can’t Thank Always Best Senior Care enough for coming through for me and my husband. I would highly recommend this company they are great folks !!!! Thanks again Always Best Senior Care. Pamela Alvarez”

Labrina A.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in La Jolla, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in La Jolla, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Kellogg Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local The Marine Room or visit Bird Rock, La Jolla, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in La Jolla, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in La Jolla, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in La Jolla, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Belmont Village Senior Living La Jolla
  • Casa de Mañana Retirement Community
  • White Sands La Jolla
  • Ivy Park at La Jolla
  • Monarch Cottages
  • Ocean View Homes III - Assisted Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in La Jolla, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in La Jolla, CA

Migrant Boat Lands on La Jolla Beach, Occupants Scatter Into Neighborhood

A boat apparently full of migrants washed ashore this week in a Southern California beach town -- and when it touched down on land ... the people inside went heading for the hills.This wild footage has been circulating online for the past 24 hours, and it seems to show what eyewitnesses claim was a panga boat that was dead set on landing in La Jolla, CA -- which it eventually did, in the middle of the day no less....

A boat apparently full of migrants washed ashore this week in a Southern California beach town -- and when it touched down on land ... the people inside went heading for the hills.

This wild footage has been circulating online for the past 24 hours, and it seems to show what eyewitnesses claim was a panga boat that was dead set on landing in La Jolla, CA -- which it eventually did, in the middle of the day no less.

The people inside are purported to be undocumented migrants ... which is what makes what happens next all the more shocking -- these folks hopped out and scattered very quickly.

As you can see, several occupants from the boat come running up the beach onto the road above -- with a bunch of bystanders watching them in plain view, mind you -- and they start making their way into the nearby seaside neighborhood ... there were even kids in the mix.


As onlookers took it all in with shock ... it seems there were even some first responders who saw it happen too. You can hear sirens from some sort of vehicle, presumably a lifeguard.

As the cameraman notes ... they don't seem too eager to stop 'em, although it's unclear if they did. It's also unknown if these folks were eventually approached/apprehended. Of course, it's worth pointing out that La Jolla is in San Diego County ... a place of sanctuary here in the States, and where migrants can technically come and seek refuge/asylum.



We saw something very similar take place off the shores of Malibu not too long ago --- so, on its face, it would appear this is somewhat of a regular occurrence on the West Coast.

It's also emblematic of the ongoing border debate in this country -- don't even get us started on what's going down in Texas, where a raging conflict is reaching its boiling point.

It's an issue that only seems to continue seeping into the public's purview ... with migrants quite literally landing on people's doorstep more and more. Ya figure, something's gotta give.

How to Get to La Jolla, California: Guide to Public Transportation & Directions

My coastal community, La Jolla, is known for its rugged coastline, upscale boutiques, and fine dining. We also have one of the most photographed places in San Diego, La Jolla Cove, and the resident ...

My coastal community, La Jolla, is known for its rugged coastline, upscale boutiques, and fine dining. We also have one of the most photographed places in San Diego, La Jolla Cove, and the resident seals and sea lions that people drive in specifically to see.

Our location can be a little confusing for tourists planning a vacation or residents driving in for a visit. This is because there are multiple ways to get here, trafficky times that can make your journey much longer than it needs to be, and the downtown area is 15-20 minutes from the I-5 freeway despite the distance being only about four miles.

This guide for how to get to La Jolla covers various transportation options, including driving directions, airport transportation, and public transit, so that you can have a (hopefully) smooth journey to our Jewel on the Pacific Ocean.

Getting to La Jolla from San Diego International Airport

San Diego International Airport (SAN), located approximately 15 miles south of La Jolla, is the nearest major airport. So, you would fly into SAN and either rent a car or take a taxi, car service, or rideshare to La Jolla. I’ll go over each one quickly, but the drive should take about 25 minutes, depending on where in La Jolla you’re going.

Upon arriving at the San Diego International Airport, you could take one of the free shuttles from your terminal to the Rental Car Center on the edge of the airport (it’s not within walking distance).

Once you have your rental car, plug your La Jolla destination into your GPS. As you’ll see below, there are multiple routes you can take from here, and the best one will depend on traffic. The Waze app is very good for navigating this.

Taxis are usually always waiting at the transportation plazas outside each terminal. As you exit the baggage claim area, follow the signs leading to the transportation plazas across the street from the terminals. A staff member should be there to help you get a taxi.

The airport has designated rideshare pickup locations at each terminal. These are usually marked clearly with signs.

Remember to arrange your ride once you have collected your luggage and are ready to exit the terminal.

Tip: Uber Black can pick you up in one of the lettered zones at the terminal without you going to the transportation plaza.

Always check Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Trip Planner and bus numbers before you go to make sure you are on the fastest route and get on the right bus! You can take public transportation to La Jolla, but it is a multi-stop effort. However, it has gotten easier, especially for UC San Diego students, thanks to the opening of an MTS trolley stop in the UTC area.

Tip: Many transit stations have free parking lots.

Driving Directions to the La Jolla Cove Area

Multiple driving routes can get you to La Jolla, and which one you choose depends on traffic. (We chose our house partially because we have three easy ways to get in and out of La Jolla that take about the same amount of time.)

Two major arteries, the 52 Freeway and Torrey Pines Road can get clogged with traffic during weekday evening rush hour and on summer weekends. For the sake of ease, I’ll explain how to get to La Jolla Cove in the downtown area and from here you’ll quickly figure out where the main shops and restaurants are on Prospect and adjacent streets.

Taking Public Transportation to La Jolla from San Diego County Stops

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) offers comprehensive bus and trolley services. We already covered how to get to La Jolla from the airport using public transportation so depending on where you’re coming from the steps may be similar. Routes, times and bus numbers change so be sure to use the MTS Trip Planner before you ride.

The UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley is a convenient option to arrive near Westfield UTC Mall and UC San Diego from various locations in San Diego, including the downtown area and the Mexico border at San Ysidro.

Exit at the “Voigt Drive” station for closest access to La Jolla. From here, you can take a short bus ride or rideshare to reach the heart of La Jolla.

Yes, you can take the bus to La Jolla. Many people do actually. These are the best options.

Tips for buying bus or trolley tickets: The easiest way to pay for a bus ticket in San Diego is by using PRONTO. PRONTO is the payment system for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD). You can use a PRONTO card or the PRONTO app to pay your fare. Either option allows you to load funds onto the card or app and then tap the card or scan the app when boarding the bus. Otherwise, you need exact change if paying cash. You can use PRONTO on the trolley’s as well. Bus tickets for adults cost $2.50 per way and $6 for an all-day pass!

For those coming from North County San Diego, the Coaster commuter train is a scenic and cheaper option than Amtrak, which follows a similar route. Plus, you can skip some freeway traffic depending on the time of day.

You can board the Coaster from cities like Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Encinitas, disembarking at the Sorrento Valley station. From Sorrento Valley, take MTS bus routes like 921 or 972 to reach UCSD, then switch to one of the La Jolla-bound buses. Note that the Coaster doesn’t stop at Sorrento Valley all the time so depending on your train or day of the week you may take it to Old Town and use the directions below.

Amtrak Train to La Jolla via Old Town Station

Traveling by Amtrak to La Jolla is a scenic and convenient option. The closest stop is Old Town Transit Center (yes, it’s adjacent to Old Town San Diego). This is the one we use when we take the train to Disneyland or Los Angeles.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service, which runs along the California coast, stops at the Old Town Transit Center in San Diego. (Travelers heading to La Jolla could also use the Solana Beach Station, though it takes a bit longer.) This is where you would get off.

Once you arrive at the Old Town Transit Center, you have really two options to reach La Jolla:

In summary, most people will self-drive or take Uber to get to La Jolla from San Diego airport and other places around the County. Our MTS public transportation system is getting better and is also a viable option for residents and tourists that takes longer but is inexpensive. You can also check out my 1-Day La Jolla Itinerary, top things to do in La Jolla, and best places stay in La Jolla.

2024 Preseason Preview: La Jolla Country Day

The 2024 California high school baseball season is quickly approaching and, as usual, excitement is abound throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across California.Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in their respective CIF Section Championship Game, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our reade...

The 2024 California high school baseball season is quickly approaching and, as usual, excitement is abound throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across California.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in their respective CIF Section Championship Game, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams across California. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews, eventually releasing our Preseason Power 25 rankings that’ll carry us into the opening week of action and the Third Annual Prep Baseball California Spring Invitational.

Please keep checking back throughout the season as we will be your one-stop shop for everything related to high school baseball across California. Each week we will be releasing our Power 25, Players of the Week, Diamond Notes, Podcasts and much more.

Our 2024 preseason coverage continues today.

High School: La Jolla Country Day TorreysHead Coach: John EdmanCIF Section: CIF-SDS, Division 1Conference League: Coastal Conference2023 Record: 19-10Team X Handle: @TorreyBaseball

Team Strengths: Scoring runs.No. of Returning Starters: 5No. of Returning Pitchers: 4Areas of Improvement: Pitching/Catching


+ ‘24 INF Will Stickney - USC - 6’1 185 lbs.+ ‘24 OF Matthew Priest - USC - 6’0 185 lbs.+ ‘24 INF Jack Circuit - BYU - 6’0 190 lbs.


+ ‘24 RHP John Freedman - 6’0 170 lbs.+ ‘24 RHP Lucas Burgett - 6’5 195 lbs.


+ ‘25 RHP/OF Jackson Norum - 6’1 200 lbs.


Class of 2026

+ ‘26 LHP/1B Josh Rock - 5’11 180 lbs.+ ‘26 RHP/1B Jamie Onaitis - 6’2 180 lbs.

Class of 2027

+ ‘27 INF/OF Joshua Priest - 5’9 175 lbs.+ ‘27 LHP/OF Jose Partida - 6’1 170 lbs.


After cruising to a Coastal Conference title and a 19-10 overall record, the Torreys enter 2024 with similar aspirations. Leading the way offensively will be a trio of Division 1 recruits. Southern California commit, ‘24 Will Stickney returns a .333 batting average and will be a constant base stealing threat as he also brings back a team high 15 stolen bases, too. Fellow Southern California commit, ‘24 Matthew Priest is expected to provide a similar workload with the bat while also patrolling the outfield. BYU commit, ‘24 Jack Circuit will be a power threat in the heart of the order for the Torreys, as he returns eight home runs from last year and a .380 average, too.

Some arms to note are ‘24 John Freedman and ‘24 Lucas Burgett. Freedman is an experienced right-handed arm who totaled a 5-0 record last year with a 1.50 ERA and he will look to do more of the same this year. As for Burgett, he tallied a pair of wins last season and in 2024 he is expected to see his workload increase.

There are also a number of players expected to make some big two-way contributions including ‘25 Jackson Norum and ‘26 Josh Rock. ‘26 Jaime Onaitis is another two-way to know, as he held a 1.45 ERA last season in five appearances. The Torreys have a pair of talented freshmen prospects in ‘27 Joshua Priest, who currently holds the No. 35 spot in our national rankings, and ‘27 Jose Partida, who is at No. 38 nationally. They both will look to make their mark in their first seasons at the prep level this season.

Coach John Edman’s Expectations: “We will definitely hit and score runs. We have lots of pitchers. How we do as a team depends on how our staff comes along.”

Popular Southern California beach indefinitely shut down to protect sea lions

LA JOLLA, Calif – San Diego's city council has voted unanimously to shut down access to Point La Jolla and Boomer Beach after complaints from residents and activists with regard to sea lions."People will be prevented from actually going on to the rocks at Point La Jolla and for Boomer&...

LA JOLLA, Calif – San Diego's city council has voted unanimously to shut down access to Point La Jolla and Boomer Beach after complaints from residents and activists with regard to sea lions.

"People will be prevented from actually going on to the rocks at Point La Jolla and for Boomer’s Beach if your purpose is to actually get into the water for swimming, for paddleboarding … you’re still going to be allowed to get into the water," Joe LaCava, the city council member representing La Jolla, told FOX 5 San Diego.

The area is well known for its sea lion population, which chooses the rocks to breed and nurse.


The transition from seasonal to year-round closure is a first of its kind that is praised by sea lion activists, while some tourists told the TV station they were not thrilled about the indefinite closures.

Eleven days before the Sept. 18 city council vote, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the city’s plan to seal off the rocky area between La Jolla Cove beach and Boomer Beach from the public year-round to keep people and sea lions apart, La Jolla Light reports.


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"While tourists may want to take their children for a [close-up] view and a selfie with the wild 800 pound sea lions, the Marine Mammal Protection Act recommends viewing from 50 feet," a spokesperson with the Sierra Club Seal Society wrote to FOX 5. "Any disturbance of a sea lion defined as changing their behavior including looking at you or moving away or growling is subject to a fine."

In July, a video shared by Instagram user @whoisjaphet showed two sea lions taking over the beach amid summer crowds at rocky La Jolla Cove. Beachgoers made a run for it after the sea lions seemingly charged at people on the shore.


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"Please give that large, male sea lion plenty of room," a lifeguard can be heard saying over a loudspeaker in the video. "They have bitten people, and they are protected animals."

There are no plans to close La Jolla Cove beach to divers, swimmers, surfers and beachgoers due to its "critical part of the [recreation] for folks who live in the area, for visitors in the area," LaCava told FOX 5.

The restrictions will be in place for seven years, when the city will need to apply for another amendment or a new coastal development permit, according to La Jolla Light.

Oddly named La Jolla restaurant is San Diego’s newest Michelin honoree

Paradisaea, the 1-year-old restaurant in La Jolla’s Bird Rock community named for a species of birds on the island of New Guinea, was recognized on Tuesday by the Michelin Guide.Paradisaea, which serves a California cuisine menu, is one of seven restaurants in California to be recognized as a Michelin honoree. This recognition makes these seven restaurants eligible for a Michelin Bib Gourmand or a Michelin star....

Paradisaea, the 1-year-old restaurant in La Jolla’s Bird Rock community named for a species of birds on the island of New Guinea, was recognized on Tuesday by the Michelin Guide.

Paradisaea, which serves a California cuisine menu, is one of seven restaurants in California to be recognized as a Michelin honoree. This recognition makes these seven restaurants eligible for a Michelin Bib Gourmand or a Michelin star.

June 9, 2023


Paradisaea joins 54 other local restaurants that have been honored by the Michelin Guide since its inspectors added the San Diego area to their list of California regions they review in 2019.

La Jolla residents Eric and Zoe Kleinbub built their restaurant to be casual and affordable enough to be a come-as-you-are neighborhood hangout for locals. But it’s also elegant enough in its food preparation and service to be a date-night destination for San Diegans looking to try someplace new. The restaurant’s name is pronounced “para-DEE-see-uh.”

Eric earned a culinary degree at the now-shuttered Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco, and Zoe’s mother owned several restaurants in New York City. When the couple decided to leave San Francisco in 2015 to start a family, they moved to the same La Jolla neighborhood where Eric grew up (his parents live right across the street).

In 2018, the Kleinbubs purchased a historic 1949-era building at 5680 La Jolla Blvd. designed by famed architect William Kesling. Locals called it the “piano building” because it once housed a piano store. With the Georgis & Mirgorodsky design firm, the Kleinbubs renovated the building but kept its midcentury modern look and bones, and they decorated it with a tropical bird of paradise theme.

The 4,500-square-foot building is now home to both Paradisaea and a sister eatery, Dodo Bird Donuts, a daytime cafe.

When the restaurant opened last year, its culinary director was Mark Welker, who spent 10 years with the Michelin three-star restaurant Eleven Madison Park in New York City and the luxury NoMad Hotel chain.

But last month, Welker left the restaurant and his tropically inspired menu has been updated with a more California-focused, farm-to-table cuisine style. The lead dish that Michelin inspectors name in their review is the coconut shrimp appetizer that Welker created.

The restaurant’s new executive chef is Jeff Armstrong, who has most recently served as executive chef with the Urban Kitchen Group in San Diego, where he oversaw menu development for ARTIFACT at Mingei, The Kitchen at MCASD and Gold Finch Modern Delicatessen in La Jolla.

Before moving to San Diego, Armstrong owned an Asian street food restaurant in Colorado and worked at high-end restaurants in New York and Washington, D.C.

Paradisaea also has a new general manager. Patrick Cabido, a native of Stockholm who has been in the U.S. hospitality business for more than 20 years, most recently served as general manager of Cesarina in Point Loma. Before that, worked at Il Dandy and Herb & Wood restaurants.

Sept. 28, 2021

The six other California restaurants awarded Michelin recognition on Tuesday are: Baroo, Hibi and Olivia in Los Angeles; and Dalida, Kiln and Movida in San Francisco.

For more on the new Michelin honorees, visit


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