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Make Your UCSD visit a Tour de Fun with a stay at the La Jolla Shores Hotel

If you're planning a visit to UCSD this spring or summer, take the opportunity to turn your trip into a family vacation everyone will enjoy at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. Our beachfront hotel is located just 3.5 miles from UCSD and offers an unforgettable experience for every member of your family. Our boutique hotel reconnects busy families, making memories together in this magical spot along San Diego's coast.
  • Shores Restaurant patio with daytime oceanview
    "When my family and I come...we sit outside and drink our coffee in the morning, warm up in the sunshine next to the pool, have the staff set us up with chairs or umbrellas on the beach, have happy hour or dinner watching the waves and the sun go down."
    Read The Full Review on TripAdvisor
  • A UCSD Visit for the Entire Family

    Bring your family to play in the Pacific while you tour the UCSD campus with your college-bound kid. Family members often have different interests, making it difficult to plan a trip that entertains everyone. The wide range of activities at the La Jolla Shores Hotel has something special for all ages and interests. With our close proximity to UCSD, it's easy to tour the UCSD campus with all or part of your family, while the others take advantage of being beachside at our hotel.

    Tour the UCSD Campus

    Make the most of this exciting time for you and your soon-to-be college student by following these tips for touring the UCSD campus.

    Book a Tour

    While visitors are always welcome to take a self-guided tour, the campus is huge and there is a lot to take in. We highly recommend booking a tour guide, so you can hear and see what you need to know from the experts.
    • UCSD offers tours Monday-Saturday at 10am. The campus tour includes a 30-minute Admissions Information Session with Q&A followed by a 90-minute walking tour led by current UC San Diego students. You can book your tour online here.
    • UCSD also offers a sunset hike tour designed to compliment the original tour mentioned above. It runs Monday-Thursday 1 hour before sunset and is a relaxed 2 mile walk along the north end of campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are also views the athletic facility -  RIMAC, and Torrey Pines hang glider port. You can book your UCSD sunset tour online here.

    Attend a Class

    If you visit during the week, take the opportunity to attend a class that interests you. Let the students get seated first and avoid going in if you see a test is being given. Use the search tool at this link to find a class for you!

    Park in Visitor Parking Only

    UCSD operates all of their parking lots on a strictly enforced permit system. You will need to purchase a visitor permit and park in designated visitor spaces. Parking is free on Saturday. Read more about the parking details here.

    UCSD's Must See List

    Don't miss the following must-see attractions on campus.
  • Fallen Star by Do Ho Suh - The Stuart Collection at UCSD
    Fallen Star - Stuart Collection
    RIMAC basketball courts at UCSD
    RIMAC Arena
    • The Geisel Library
      It looks a bit like a spaceship and will be hard to miss in the center of campus.
    • The UCSD Bookstore
      Stop in and pick up your UCSD swag to take home.
    • RIMAC Athletic Facility
      This incredible home to Tritan athletics is worth the long walk to the north end of campus. It features an expansive weight and cardio gym, wellness studio, basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball and table tennis. Recharge from that long walk with a drink from the annex coffee shop while you lounge around long enough to spot the pro athletes that train here.
    • Campus Art
      The Stuart Collection is peppered throughout campus and is, "a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time." Many visit UCSD just for the art, which is enhanced by their scenic locations throughout campus.

    Insider Tip

    On your way back to the La Jolla Shores Hotel, stop at Caroline's Seaside Cafe at UCSD's Scripps Institute of Oceanography. It's located right next to the pier overlooking the beach and has amazing breakfast, sandwiches, and salads.
  • Water Activities at the La Jolla Shores Hotel

    While you tour the UCSD campus, the rest of the family will have plenty to do back at the hotel beach.
    • The La Jolla Shores Hotel has beachfront access and complimentary chair and umbrella service right on the sand.
    • The flat beach and calm waves make our location the ideal spot for beach games, sandcastles, and exploring tidepools.
    • Snorkel through the ocean right outside your door, learn to surf, or take a family outing on sea kayaks.
  • Sand castles at La Jolla Shores Beach
    La Jolla Shores Hotel complimentary beach chairs and umbrella set up on the beach
    Tandem kayak exploring the La Jolla Sea Caves
  • Endless Amenities Around the La Jolla Shores Hotel

    If you're not a sand lover, the amenities at the hotel give your family lots of options for fun.
    • We have a heated pool, jacuzzi, and tennis courts where your family can play in the sun or shade.
    • We are located just minutes from the Torrey Pines Golf Course, one of the top public professional courses in the world and home to the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open.
    • For the shoppers in your family, boutique clothing and souvenir shops are just a short walk from the hotel.
    • Take a break on the open-air patio of The Shores Restaurant, where you'll enjoy delicious dishes made from farm-fresh ingredients, courtesy of the best local providers in San Diego and beyond.
    • Busy parents can unwind with our in-room massage services and relax sore feet from walking around campus in our bubbling hot tub or sip a cocktail at happy hour, while the golden sun sets over the Pacific.
  • A close up shot of a golf club ready to hit the ball at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla
    A familly enjoying the La Jolla Shores Hotel pool
    People toasting over happy hour at La Jolla Shores Hotel
  • It's More Than a Visit to UCSD: Create Family Memories Together

    The Southern Californian vibe of the La Jolla Shores Hotel really shines through in its friendly staff and attention to detail. We create a personal experience that goes above and beyond what your family gets at other hotels.
  • People enjoying happy hour at the La Jolla Shores Restaurant on the patio during golden hour
    "Wonderful hotel, right on the beach. Great staff. EVERYONE says hello. Attentive to every request."
    Read The Full Review on TripAdvisor
  • Our property is about providing families an opportunity to spend more time together creating memories.
    The breathtaking scenery around our hotel makes it easy to create a relaxing atmosphere where you can kick back and let us take care of everything. All you have to worry about is spending time with your family.
    • There's no need to plan a day at the beach, you're already here! We'll set up chairs, beach towels, and umbrellas for your family and serve you lunch when you're ready!
    • Don't worry about keeping everyone entertained. We can help arrange activities for your family. The hotel has relationships with the ocean adventure tours that launch from the beach right in front of the hotel.
  • People enjoying a bbq on the beach courtesy of La Jolla Shores Hotel
    Green kayaks stacked on the beach right outside La Jolla Shores Hotel
    Beachfront Deluxe Room with Two Queen Beds at La Jolla Shores Hotel
  • Take Your Family Away to UCSD

    If you're looking for a hotel that will make your family feel like they are away on vacation while visiting UCSD, the La Jolla Shores Hotel is the place for you. Our little slice of the coast has something special for everyone in your family to enjoy. Let our personal, friendly staff take care of you and your family while you share this precious time together. Our convenient amenities and excellent service, combined with our inspiring location may be just what your family needs to come together.
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