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La Jolla Caves

Address: La Jolla, San Diego, CA
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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
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Ranked #14 of 34 Attractions in La Jolla
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling
Owner description: Seven elongated fissures in the cliff walls that can be entered...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling
Owner description: Seven elongated fissures in the cliff walls that can be entered during low tide.
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Northern Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My wife and decided to spend the 5 bucks.. So that we could walk down 145 stairs and stand on a little platform inside the cave. Sure it was interesting but a bit of a letdown.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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123 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Walk the coast of La Jolla to see the caves. Walk even further and you will see seals bathing on the beach. If you really want to experience the caves, get a kayak and enjoy the water. If not, grab a coffee at the top of the road and watch the day pass. If you park, it can be tricky.... More 

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san diego
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The best way to experience the Caves is to swim right inside when the tide is high and the waves are gentle. Please be cautious as there are many rocks that lie right beneath you. Also be mindful of the sleeping Seals that make it their home. The Seals are quite large but they are usually very gentle, but will... More 

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boynton beach
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154 reviews 154 reviews
17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

nothing special for me but the walk along the shore and the park attached make this a beautiful area to visit. a lot of tourist love to go see the smelly seals in the coves. now protected from being move to another location.

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Calgary, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Found the caves by walking down the beach, thought i would pay the $5.00 to head down the 124 stairs, beautiful view of the ocean at the end, loved the walk up again, Nice little gift store with some different items to buy. Staff was friendly and inforative.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice and short hike down the steps to a great cave at the ocean. Make sure your camera has a good flash because it's hard to take pictures with the contrast of the cave and the outside ocean view.

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La Jolla, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you want to experience something quirky and cool, check out the La Jolla Caves. The story is that these caves were created by Chinese Opium Dealers as a way to get packages up from the water. Over 100 years later La Jolla is still used as a landing site for drugs that come up from Mexico on small boats.... More 

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United States
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12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Very cool to see! We didn't go down near it, but took some great pictures from above. The opening is much bigger than it appears! I love seeing structures in nature so for me this was a great part of my day!

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Stanwood, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We went here as part of a bicycle tour of La Jolla. This ramshackle building and stairway may be historic but it is in sad need of an upgrade...such as better lighting and an organized historical perspective. Dust the photos once a year!

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We went to the shell cottage to gain entry to the cave. It doesnt take long to climb down the stairs, which can be slippery so hold on. Once at the bottom it was fun to watch the waves crash into the rocks. Definitely fun for the kids.

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