Where to Spot Sea Lions in Southern California


Adults and kids can agree spotting Sea Lions is always a thrill – even if you can usually smell them before you see them. Near the center of picturesque La Jolla, head over to the park along Coast Drive and you can people watch as well. Weekend parking can be tough, but you can grab a Bird (electric scooter) and get anywhere in minutes.

There is a pleasant Coast Walk along the Pacific with viewing points and as a bonus, you can visit the Sunny Jim Sea Cave. For $5 an adult and $3 for kids, it’s a chance to visit La Jolla’s longest-running business and the site of a historic tunnel to the cave. Open since 1903 there have been a few improvements over the rope that originally guided adventurers’ descent into the dark tunnel.  Today there are a few lights and 145 wooden steps with handrails to ease your way.

The work of nature on the sandstone cliffs of La Jolla Cove was enhanced under the guidance of German immigrant artist/engineer Professor Gustav Schultz who hired two Chinese workers to dig out the tunnel by hand using only picks and shovels as tools.

We were pleased to find some Sea Lions hanging out during our visit. Legend says smugglers used the cave for liquor and opium, but I suggest you let your imagination run wild.

To access the cave:  https://www.cavestore.com/

Area Info: https://lajollamom.com/la-jolla-cove/ 


About KFBuchsbaum

A lover of words, learning something new every day, exploring new places, and meeting people from different cultures is what feeds my spirit. One significant thing I learned from my years in market research is that time away from an experience dilutes the memories.  You lose the highs and lows and end up with middle-of-the-road impressions.  The reason I started to blog, was to capture experiences real-time, in the moment.  I hope my moments help you relive some of your own great adventures or maybe plan some new.

Posted on June 21, 2019, in California, USA and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. We’ll have to take her back when she’s old enough to walk! I heard one cute little girl, about 4-5, tell her dad when they were about half-way back up “Daddy, I’m tired of stepping.”


  2. Interesting commentary and great pics, Karen!! Sunday like a lovely place for kids and adults! Did you take Julia??💞💞

    Thank you


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