Exploring the Secret Sea Caves


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Solitude. Great views. Amazing photography.

From the park entrance, follow the park road down to the tide pools parking area. From the parking area, follow the trail down to the cliffs, and head north. If it is high tide, this route will be inaccessible, so be sure that you are visiting this area at low tide. Follow the cliff as it wraps around toward the East, and then across a beach to the cave entrance. The entrance is a narrow slit in the sandstone rock. From there, head into the cave and enjoy the solitude and serenity present inside.

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8 months ago


The sea caves were at one time a jaw-dropping experience but as with many things, people have ruined this opportunity. Too many people have gotten hurt/stuck in the sea caves as the tides change forcing local law enforcement to survey the area often and give out hefty charges if caught.


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9 months ago

The caves are not open to the public

They do have monitoring on the caves now and you could be arrested if caught here. Even worse if you get caught in the tides you are likely to drown.

No caves

The sea caves have been permanently closed

Sea Caves in SD

Although very cool to see, the caves at Cabrillo are not open. You can search along Sunset Cliffs to try and find some there. Most this cliffs there though you will have to get chest to shoulder deep in water to get too most of the year so make sure you bring a dry bag!

Cabrillo Sea Caves are not open to the public

https://www.nps.gov/cabr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm Cabrillo Sea Cave Closed All Visitors are advised that the Cabrillo Sea Cave is located within a closed area of the park. The Sea Cave and nearby area have been closed since the 1980s due to extremely dangerous conditions and to comply with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Entry into this area is not permitted at any time. Violators are subject to federal fines and sentencing. Marine mammals use this area and are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Approaching and/or disturbing marine mammals (i.e., seals and sea lions) and their young is not allowed. Doing so is a violation of the Act, and violators are subject to fines and sentencing. The cave was created by sudden and catastrophic sandstone erosion and rock falls. Periodic bluff collapse is constant along the California coast. To avoid injury, stay back from cliff edges and do not walk under overhangs or along the base of escarpment faces.

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