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La Jolla Sea Caves

January 24, 2022

Splendid Caverns Carved Into Sandstone Cliffs

Hiding within hollowed out sandstone cliffs soaring over the beachfront, La Jolla’s seven sea caves are one of town’s biggest draws. This stunning collection of caverns is best seen during a kayaking or snorkeling tour, where a knowledgeable guide can help you navigate the sometimes-tricky corridors and passages. Some small, some large, each cave is slightly different. Keep your eyes peeled for otherworldly rock formations and wildlife such as leopard sharks, sea lions, and harbor seals.  

Sunny Jim’s is the most accessible and perhaps the most popular of La Jolla’s Sea Caves, since visitors can see it by entering Sunny Jim’s gift shop and descending a long, narrow staircase leading right down to the cave. This has been a popular attraction since the original owner converted it to a tourist attraction in 1903, and even today it’s not uncommon to see a long line form outside of the shop (note that there is a fee to enter the cave).

If you’re planning on kayaking La Jolla Sea Caves, remember that guests of Cormorant get 20% off kayak rentals at Everyday California.