La Jolla (La-HOY-a) stretches out along Southern California's western coastline, just a brief drive north of downtown San Diego, and about 30 miles north of the Mexican border. It's famous for its small cove and its beach, surrounded by residential homes perched on its cliffs. Its fame also includes surfing, snorkeling and scuba activities. Free public parking is very limited --- mostly found on the street. There is a strong ecological movement, so it's a haven for sea lions, sea gulls, and various fishes.