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Address: 1325 Cave St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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Cool little attraction.. Take your time..

You walk in through the store, down the steps. You get to the bottom, stare out at the ocean. It is what it is. Just take your time; check out the coloring on the rocks from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You walk in through the store, down the steps. You get to the bottom, stare out at the ocean. It is what it is. Just take your time; check out the coloring on the rocks from different growth, see how the mineral build up has formed little pools at the bottom of the stairs, watch how light and shadows change... More 

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West Harrison, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Fun and interesting, you climbdown 300+ stairs to the seacave. And then back up. Quick and interesting.

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Lake Havasu City
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

With a family of 5, including an 11 month old, we were hesitant to take the 145 steps down into the cave. I'm so glad we did. The view from the cave was amazing and the price was well worth it. I highly recommend Sunny Jim's Cave if you are traveling through La Jolla.

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The cost was only $5 for a 145 step walk down a man made tunnel to look at an inlet through an opening in the cave. It is accessed through the La Jolla Cave Store. After going down you come to a soggy, muddy walkway that leads to the view of the ocean. The climb back up the stairs is... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

You can't get much for $5 in La Jolla so this little attraction is a bargain. $5 for adults and $3 for children. You start your descent into the cave from the cute little old time gift shop. Takes about 5 minutes to get to the opening which has an amazing view of the ocean and shoreline framed by a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The cave was dug by Chinese workers, and served to smuggle alcohol during the Prohibition. History signs in the store gave more tidbits. The hike down to the cave was great, and the view onto the bay was fun.

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La Jolla, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Since we live up the street, I walked over with my five year old daughter. We had taken her to other underground caves before and was spooked. The $5 entry is well worth it. The walk down is not too challenging and the reward is a nice big open cave with views of the pacific. Great way to see one... More 

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Dublin, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

You enter through a cute little store, can read about the history, descend 10000 stairs (not really, but feels like it) and get a glimpse at a beautiful cave. Well worth it!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you are in the area this is just a fun thing to check out. Kind of typical of a road side attraction. Stairs lead down where there is a cave and look out. You'll often have a fun view of some of the local sea lions.

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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It was dug to allow for rum running from Mexico at night during prohibition. It is a wonderful cave that overlooks the ocean that took two years by men of Chinese descent. gift shop is a little weird and the owner was not too friendly. worth the hike up and down the stairs.

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Additional Information about Sunny Jim Cave

Address: Address: 1325 Cave St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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