La Jolla Village is a sub-neighborhood of the larger La Jolla region, located 30 minutes north of San Diego's downtown business district. The La Jolla Village Square is a shopping district centrally located in the community and is easily walkable for area residents. The shopping districts contain a variety of shops, restaurants, theatres, and other services.
There are several dog-friendly eateries in the area where your pup can join you on a patio including Mendocino Farms, Rubio's Coastal Grill, Urban Plates, Daphne’s California Greek, and Pho La Jolla. The Banfield Veterinary Clinic and large chain pet stores are also accessible in this commercial area.
Weather in San Diego is idyllic for walking with your dog with warm, sunny days most of the year. Extreme heat can occur in summer and you may need to take your pup out earlier or later in the day to avoid the heat. Fog and overcast days are more likely in the spring, especially in this coastal location.
La Jolla Village is located west of the San Diego Freeway, east of Gilman Drive, north of La Jolla Village Drive, and south of the University of California San Diego. Dwellings in the area consist of low rise apartment complexes. Complex properties are well landscaped with attractive gardens and green space.
There is some rugged natural terrain along Gillam Drive and the topography rises to the east where the community is situated. The apartment complexes and commercial areas have some inclines and you and your dog will need to be prepared to do some up and down hill treks in the area. Separate sidewalks line area streets, so you and your pet don't have to share the road with local traffic.
Traffic accessing busy commercial shopping areas can be heavy. You should have your dog securely leashed, use designated pedestrian crossings, and watch for traffic along busy thoroughfares or cars accessing parking lots of local businesses.
Villa La Jolla Park is centrally located in the La Jolla Village neighborhood. This beautiful park consists of open lawns and green space with large shade trees in and around the park. A paved walking path makes a great location for a stroll with your furry friend and there are some recreational amenities that draw visitors to the greenway.
For more natural hikes, the Rose Canyon Open Space Park is located to the east across the freeway. The freeway can be crossed at Gilman Drive, although there is also a set of train tracks which require crossing to reach the canyon park and longer trails. The San Clemente-Rose Canyon Hiking Trail is an 8.8-mile trail lined with wildflowers, is lightly traveled, and is appropriate for all ability levels.
For some off-leash fun, you can travel to the Doyle Dog Park which is also located across the freeway. This off-leash park has a grass surface and separates large and small dog areas. There are water fountains and even shade available.