Sunny Jim Sea Cave Tours
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Along sunny San Diego’s La Jolla coast, there are numerous sea caves carved into cliffs rising from the ocean. What’s unique about Sunny Jim Sea Cave is that it’s the only sea cave there you can access by land in California. Walking through the man-made tunnel leads you to not only the cave itself, but also seven other natural caves carved by the force of the ocean.
The cave took its name from Wizard of Oz author Frank L. Baum, who noted its resemblance to a British cartoon character called Sunny Jim. The tunnel to the cave — which once smuggled liquor during Prohibition — took two years to dig through. Once you emerge into the cave, many more years of carving are noticeable…200,000 or so, in fact! Its estimated by fossil imprints and waterlines that the cave walls have been standing for up to that length of time. The cave walls are also decorated with many different natural colors from a variety of mineral deposits.
Sunny Jim Sea Cave is fittingly located on Cave Street, off of Coast Boulevard. It is best approached by car. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children. The shop “The Cave Store” provides the entrance to the cave every day from 10 am to 5 pm.
Address: 1325 Cave Street, La Jolla, California, USA
Hours: Daily from 10 am - 5 pm
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Sunny Jim Sea Cave
Curious about La Jolla’s backstory then lace-up your sneakers, it’s time to soak in the glory and magnificence of this sun-kissed seaside community by immersing yourself in its story, history and architecture. Take in the feel, allure and romance of this Southern Californian coastal paradise as you stroll the streets of the downtown village of La Jolla with this self-guided GPS tour. You can Tour Freely: stop and start at your leisure. Go back in time to discover fascinating fun facts about La Jolla’s early days. Discover the influence of Ellen Browning Scripps and view historical sites designed by architect Irving Gill. Take in an expansive vista from a tucked-away historic observation deck. See and hear the seals and sea lions barking at the Children’s Pool - pupping season is in Spring! See Dr Seuss original artworks along the way and swing by the La Valencia Hotel, where Hollywood luminaries like Gregory Peck and Dorothy Maguire stayed and have a delicious Whaler drink at the bar.
See La Jolla’s mansions, shops and scenic beaches on a 2-hour Segway tour of San Diego’s most glamorous neighborhood. Follow your guide up and down La Jolla’s famous hills, get a glimpse of the boats on Windansea Beach and watch for the seals and sea lions that cluster around Children’s Pool Beach. Cruise past Bird Rock’s seaside estates and the elegant boutiques that line the neighborhood’s shopping district, then finish your tour at a lush, coastal park with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Sunny Jim Sea Cave hours of operation?
Sunny Jim Sea Cave hours of operation: Daily from 10 am - 5 pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Sunny Jim Sea Cave?
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