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Sunny Jim Sea Cave Tours

Sunny Jim Sea Cave
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.

Practical Info

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
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Sunny Jim Sea Cave hours of operation?
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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.
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What's the best way to experience Sunny Jim Sea Cave?