EXPLORE SUNNY JIM'S SEA CAVE
Enter a century-old bootlegger's tunnel inside the historic Cave Store and follow it down through the sandstone cliffs and into the sea cave.
Private tours begin May 15th!
Please be aware that work is currently being done on our exterior and is scheduled to be completed by June 6th.
Tours into the sea cave can and will continue throughout the construction.
ABOUT THE CAVE STORE
La Jolla's Favorite Historic Landmark
This tunnel was dug out by two Chinese laborers hired by German artist, mining engineer, and entrepreneur Gustav Schultz in 1902.
It leads from the Cave Store, Schultz's original residence, down through the sandstone cliffs of La Jolla Cove and into Sunny Jim's Sea Cave.
It's been said that during Prohibition, bootleggers smuggled alcohol and opium into San Diego through the sea cave by carrying it through this tunnel!
Tours are approximately 15-20 minutes long. Come prepared to both descend and climb the original 144 stairs (roughly a five minute ascent at a gentle pace). Experience a real piece of San Diego history at the Cave Store.
Our tours do not involve getting into the water. To explore La Jolla Cove via snorkel or paddleboard, visit the rental booth outside our shop.
More questions? Check out our FAQ's here.
TICKETS AND HOURS
Due to the coronavirus, we are changing how we do tours at the Cave Store and implementing extra sanitation measures. Read more about these measures here.
Beginning May 15th, we will be offering private, self guided tours of the tunnel and sea cave (limited to one household with up to six people at a time) for only $25!
Private tours have never before been offered at the Cave Store, so you'd better jump at this once in a century opportunity!
Reopening May 15th on a reservation-only basis
Self guided tours are available
Monday - Thursday : 10am - 5pm
Friday - Sunday : 9am - 5pm
Walk-in's accepted Friday-Sunday. Please make a reservation if possible.
IN THE NEWS
“'The Sunny Jim Cave was one of seven La Jolla caves originally exploited as a tourist attraction in the early 1900s by Gustav Schultz, a German immigrant, artist, and engineer. Schulz, a self-proclaimed professor, artist, photographer and civil engineer, who dug a tunnel into it and provided public access from land, first by rope and then stairs, collected a modest sum from anyone wishing to enter,' said La Jolla Historical Society historian Carol Olten”
"Sunny Jim Cave is one of seven unique La Jolla Cove caves. Having been open to the public since 1903, the cave boasts a fascinating history and a little bit of folklore. From the man who discovered and dug the tunnel to bootleggers and an old Cafe, we managed to uncover a few interesting facts about Sunny Jim Cave."
"Inside a small wood-shingled building on La Jolla’s oceanfront Coast Blvd lies a beach-themed gift shop and access to one of La Jolla’s coolest attractions. In fact, tourists who wander into Sunny Jim’s Cave Store to browse might just be surprised by the dark tunnel leading down to Sunny Jim cave—the only sea cave in California that is accessible by land"
CAVE TOUR VIDEOS
Courtesy of a few of our vlogging visitors
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