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Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

1325 Coast Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: (858) 459-0746
32.849203, -117.270212

Dog-Friendly: No    Kid-Friendly: Yes

HOURS: 9am-5:30pm daily

Admission: Adults-$5 Kids 16 & under-$3

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The Sunny Jim Cave got its name from 'Wizard of Oz' author Frank Baum, who remarked the cave's silhouette had a striking resemblance to Sunny Jim, the British Force wheat cereal's mascot in the 1920's.

The tunnel has quite a history, being dub by two Chinese laborers who were hired by Gustav Shultz, a German engineer and professor of philosophy. Shultz, an eccentric man known to go swimming with a hat on his head and cigar in his mouth, arrived in La Jolla in 1902 with plans of heading into retirement. Very quickly though did he become fascinated with the 7 caves, one of which was to become Sunny Jim Cave.

This got Shultz into thinking: was it possible for him to construct a tunnel fit for visitors to venture on in? He wondered if this was something people would even be interested in paying for. For the next 20 months, Shultz and his two employees dug with a pick and shovel, creating a deep tunnel with 133 wooden steps. Shortly after he began charging admission. Lucky for him, it was an instant hit!

As the legend goes, the tunnel also has a more sinister side, being used to funnel whiskey to San Diego during the Prohibition era. It is also said to have been used to smuggle immigrants into the U.S. Rum Runners Cave is another alleged smugglers cave in San Diego.

Ellen Browning Scripps--benefactress of Scripps Institution of Oceanography--recalled standing on a point facing the caves and watching opium smugglers unload their goods into the cave.

Personal Experience: Although a quick adventure, this is still something everyone should experience at least once, if not for the history alone. I like to bring people who have never come here before. It is always a fun time. 

You have to go through a shell shop in order to get below.  The shop is really cool!

Do you see Sunny Jim's profile in the the cave's opening?

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  • Kyuki Yoshida
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    Miramar is pretty close to faze rugs tunnel, I don’t think it’s the same though. Perhaps it connects to the Miramar or it’s a different tunnel entirely as the entrances for both are a decent ways apart. the exact one that rug went to is off of Blythe road in Mira mesa. I know where the same path he took is as well. omargosh just went here and it looks like he was chased out by an unknown entity.

    May 21, 2017

  • Ben moses
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    We are in poverty punk bitch…give up our money bitch..shironahs dad will be thru to help..

    June 15, 2019

  • Zoey Moses
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    Don’t screw me an my mom an my brother over..not cool

    June 15, 2019

  • Shironah Jean huff
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    Bullshit Jim Sutherland I want my money bitch an my house you are residing in punk

    June 15, 2019

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