La Jolla Caves

Explore the La Jolla Caves by land or sea. Kayak and Visit the La Jolla Sea Caves in San Diego, California. The seven Sea Cavesare in a 75 million year old sandstone sea cliff. The caves are named The Clam's Cave, Sunny Jim Cave, Arch Cave, Sea Surprise, Shopping Cart, Little Sister, and White Lady.

Updated May 25, 2024 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

Kayak to La Jolla Sea Caves

All of the La Jolla Sea Caves are visible from the water. You must be with an approved La Jolla Kayaking tour group to enter the caves. Tours leave from La Jolla Shores beach. Depending on the tide and weather conditions, the tour groups usually enter The Clam's Cave, the largest cave on the western end, and sometimes Arch cave. The other caves are visible from the ocean, but are usually too dangerous to enter.

View La Jolla Caves from La Jolla Coast Blvd

La Jolla Sea Caves
You can easily view The Clam's Cave from Coast Blvd. and the historic Coast Walk Trail. If you walk out the edge of the cliff, you can see the other caves as shown in the photo above.

The Cave Store to Sunny Jim Cave

La Jolla Sea Cave Store
Sunny Jim Cave can be reached from The Cave Store on Coast Blvd. In 1902 a tunnel was dug to the cave.
La Jolla Cave stairs to Sunny Jim

For a small fee you can climb down the 144 steps to the inside of Sunny Jim's Cave. You can spend 15 - 20 minutes enjoying the view of La Jolla, framed in the shape of the head of Sunny Jim. 

Sunny Jim Cave

View of Sunny Jim's Sea Cave from bottom of stairs in the cave store. 

The cave tour costs approximately $10 and it is open from 9-5. For information see or call 858-459-0746.

Directions to La Jolla Sea Caves - from Interstate 5 go west on La Jolla Village Drive, left on Torrey Pines Road, right on Prospect Place to 1325 Coast Blvd. South. There is a small parking lot on the right near The Cave Store, or street parking.

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