About the Area
Tucked away along the San Diego coast, just south of downtown La Jolla, is Bird Rock: a quirky but laid-back neighborhood known for beautiful ocean views, cozy restaurants, and independent boutiques. While perhaps slightly lesser known than La Jolla, the community has undeniable charm and is one of the most unique and interesting areas of San Diego!
Local lore maintains the neighborhood was named after a rock that was shaped like a bird. The offshore rock can be spotted at the end of Bird Rock Avenue. The rock once had an arch with an opening under it, but the arch was eroded by wave action and finally collapsed a few years ago.
If you are looking for a classic American neighborhood, look no further than Bird Rock. The tree lined streets frame picturesque homes, ranging from classic beach cottages, to modern masterpieces. Located in a relatively flat part of La Jolla, it has become a favorite place for La Jolla children to trick-or-treat and participate in an old fashioned 4th of July Parade. Bird Rock Elementary School is just around the corner and is one of the top-rated elementary schools in San Diego.
Bird Rock in La Jolla is a fun, easy place to explore. Head north on La Jolla Hermosa Avenue to find the Bird Rock Bike Path, which usually doesn’t get too crowded and makes for a nice stroll.
Afterward, head over to the Street of Dreams, (aka Camino de la Costa), a stretch of oceanfront mansions with gorgeous panoramic views of the water. From there, head to Calumet Park, where you’ll find benches, picnic tables, and expansive ocean views. Finish off your day by visiting one of Bird Rock’s boutique shops and restaurants, including:
- Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for an award-winning cup of coffee
- Wheat & Water for pizza and brews
- Bird Rock Surf Shop to pick up new surfing gear
- Bahia Don Bravo for casual Mexican fare
- Beaumont’s for dinner with a view and live music on weekends
- Mimi & Red to shop casual, beach-chic fashion