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“La Jolla Caves are cool”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Cave Store

The Cave Store
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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
Ranked #4 of 26 Shopping in La Jolla
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Cave Store offers a variety of merchandise including handmade jewelry, towels, snorkel gear, postcards, magnets, shells, and bottled drinks and ice cream. The most exciting part of the Cave Store, however, is the 145 step tunnel that leads to the Sunny Jim Sea Cave. Although there are rarely any sea lions or seals in the cave, the view is spectacular and it is a great adventure, particularly for kids. Summer months (May through September) we offer snorkel gear rentals. $20 for 2 hours for the mask, snorkel, and fins. $10 for 2 hours for just the mask and snorkel or just the fins. We will hold onto an ID as a deposit. Unfortunately, no wet suits or life jackets are available.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
La Jolla, California
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“La Jolla Caves are cool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

We took a kayak tour to the caves, you can't really go inside them cause the water is rough. We did the kayak tour with OEX tours located in La Jolla Shores. They where very professional and was a cool experience.

Visited March 2013
Thank anthony s
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A waste of time and money”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

This place is a shell shop and inside that a staircase descends to a cave. Err, thats it, thats what you get for your $4. The items in the shop are the usual tourist tat and it really isnt worth going down 140+ stairs to the cave and back up again.

When we went there were 3 other people there, all of us spent about 30 seconds in the cave before turning back. Thats because there is nothing of note to see or do down there. To charge any amount for this is too much.

The only positive, friendly, engaging staff in the shop. Step out onto the cliffs next to the shop instead and enjoy the view instead, its free and you should see various birds and seals.

Visited December 2013
Thank Rich2112
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Lots of neat souvenirs at decent prices, something for everyone here!
There wasn't anything I disliked sorry i don't have more than 50 characters!

Visited September 2012
Thank FionaFitz11
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La Crescenta, California
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth the $4 and 30 minutes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

A great little time killer to get a really cool perspective looking out from a sea cave towards the ocean. 145 steps, but not too difficult to handle in either direction (I'm 6'4" and did need to duck occasionally, but no real issues). Great photo opp. Not much to the store, but the kids really thought the Sunny Jim Cave trip was worthwhile! Also be sure to spend some time walking above the cave (behind the store) for some great views of the coasts, the other sea caves of La Jolla, seals and fish!

Visited June 2013
Thank Carlsport
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Tacoma, WA
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95 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Yes pitiful but a sea cave without getting wet”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2013

The shop is sad. The upkeep on the stairs pitiful. One would hope for safer stairs for $4 each and a peek at a sea cave. Be prepared no bathrooms available, 145 stairs and quite a stench.

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