Common Questions about La Jolla

How far is La Jolla from San Diego?
La Jolla is part of the City of San Diego, bordered by Pacific Beach to the south, Del Mar to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. See more: map and directions.

What does the name "La Jolla" mean?
The exact origin of La Jolla’s name is somewhat uncertain. Historians dispute whether the name originates from the Spanish word La Joya, which means "the jewel" or from the Native American term Woholle meaning "hole in the mountains".

What is La Jolla's zip code?
La Jolla’s primary zip code is 92037. It is the only neighborhood within the city San Diego where mail is addressed to read “La Jolla, CA”. Other La Jolla zip codes include: the UCSD campus (92092, 92093) and University City, aka “UTC” (92121). Our post office is located in downtown La Jolla on 1140 Wall Street between Hershel and Ivanhoe.

Did you know?
  • The La Jolla Playhouse was founded by Gregory Peck, along with actors Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, in 1947. Peck, most famous for his role in To Kill A Mockingbird, was born in La Jolla.
  • Other La Jolla residents of note include the late author Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, Senator John McCain, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, director Gore Verbinski and Nobel Prize winner Clive Granger
  • La Jolla high school was founded in 1922

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