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Point Loma Sea Caves in San Diego – A Great Day Trip
Most San Diegans are familiar with La Jolla’s sea caves, but did you realize there are also sea caves in Point Loma? Something few people know about, but they're definitely there. Unlike the caves in La Jolla, it's too treacherous to kayak to these caves due to nearby rocks. The only way to get to the caves is at low tide on foot.
Below Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, there lies a series of caves cut into the cliffs by the waves. They have remained a relatively unknown spot due to the difficulty of reaching the caves. The trip can be challenging, as you must climb down the cliffs to reach the caves. Also, depending on the tide levels, you may have to go through the water to get to some of the caves. Be prepared to climb, wade, and scramble to get to the caves. Once you're there, the views are excellent, picture opportunities abound, and you'll want to come back again and again.
To get there, park at the corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Hill Street. You can reach this area by heading west on I-8, exiting Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, and following Sunset Cliffs for about two miles until you see Hill Street on your left. From the corner, head South along Sunset Cliffs to find the concrete storm drain leading down towards the water. Follow the drain, then climb down the rocks to the beach. Once there, head North along the water, exploring the caves as you go.
Be sure to check the tides first. If the tide is high, you won’t see much, and you’ll spent a lot of time trekking through the water. You can check the tide predictions at http://scilib.ucsd.edu/sio/tide/piertide.html. Look for a day when the tide will be 1 foot high or less.
By Sadie Peterson
May 25, 2005, 14:18
· Shoes that can get wet, with good traction
· Camera - in plastic bag or waterproof
· Shorts / pants - will get wet, plan accordingly
· Fanny pack/bag - you'll want your hands free, so bring something to carry your camera in, or make sure it has a strap
· May wish to bring a change of clothes for afterward (leave in your car)
ADDRESS: Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & Hill St. San Diego, CA 92107
Remember, this area is protected, so leave anything you find for other visitors. Happy exploring!
About the Author:
Sadie Peterson has helped hundreds of people explore new places. Her website, http://www.aroundtownsandiego.org/, helps members meet each other and explore San Diego.