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Address: 1325 Cave St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3684
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Really glad we stumbled onto this. Housed inside a tiny gift shop is the entrance to the cave. Pay a few bucks, go down some crazy stairs, get an exclusive look at La Jolla... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brittany R
Orlando, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is fun to walk down the steps in a narrow passageway. The end of the passage opens onto a platform that has a beautiful view of La Jolla Cove. I recommend this to anyone who has the stamina to walk down 144 steps. Remember that you have to walk back up them! The price is very fair and the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A tourist trap for sure, but still pretty cool. Walk down stairs inside a gift shop and you enter the cave. Pathway was carved by miners hired by a German engineer in the early 20th century. Used for smuggling during prohibition. Admission is free if you take a kayak tour with San Diego Bike and Kayak just around the bend.

1 Thank adventurefamily05
Orlando, Florida, United States
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really glad we stumbled onto this. Housed inside a tiny gift shop is the entrance to the cave. Pay a few bucks, go down some crazy stairs, get an exclusive look at La Jolla. Decent photos of the cave as a background and you in foreground will be impossible, but I really enjoyed the experience. It had originally been used... More 

1 Thank Brittany R
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2017

We enjoyed walking through the cave store and looking st the unquie items for sale. We then then paid $5 each to walk down very steep and at times very wet and slick stairs to arrive at a dark cave where the sea was coming in and a few sea lions were loungingaround. It took about ten minutes to go... More 

1 Thank GreenLakeReener
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2017

I read about this in a guide book, and thought it was intriguing, so I made a point to stop by when in La Jolla. It was worth the walk. We parked near the Children's Pool Beach, walked the shore line all the way to Sunny Jim's, and then got an Uber to take us back to our car. Sunny... More 

Thank Jim P
Davidson, Australia
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Reviewed April 6, 2017

My daughter and I were having a kick-around La Jolla day. We had seen the sea caves from the shore and saw that you could pay to go down into Sunny Jim Cave. The price was a bit much for what it was, but as a "why not" we did it. There are 145 steps down to the platform that... More 

Thank Christy M
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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Reviewed April 6, 2017

You can visit Sunny Jim Cave through the store in La Jolla. It is a really cool thing to do and when you get to the bottom of the stairs, seeing the waves come into the cave is just unique. We're enjoy a lot of physical outdoors activities so FYI, the stairs can be a lil challenging coming back up...

Thank Diane H
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed April 5, 2017

If you are in the area at the cove or children's pool then walk down into the cave through the store. At the bottom of the stairs as it opens up to the water, it provides a great picture viewpoint and only takes 10 minutes of your time.

Thank Dan and Maureen B
West Jordan, Utah
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2017

5 of us went down the staircase on a Monday after lunch. $5 is a good price for it, IMO. One of our people did fall and hurt herself and we were all going very slow and holding the rails. It could have been much worse. It slick, wet and uneven steps not to mention dark. So please be extra... More 

Thank mindiwilson
Columbus, Oh
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Reviewed December 6, 2016

The Sunny Jim Cave is an historic landmark. Yes, the $5 is as steep as the stairway down to the cave but consider it a donation to preserve the history of this site. Wear proper shoes to walk down those damp, dank, wet stairs. The tunnel was dug by 2 Chinese laborers over one hundred years ago BY HAND. Its... More 

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