• Activities:

    Chillin, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

Scenic
Swimming Hole

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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  • Running or hiking shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This was our second attempt to hit the tide pools (note: be sure to go at low tide) in search of the caves. We were unable to access the caves, much to our dismay. The park has closed the caves off the caves to all visitors. However, the tide pools were interesting, views were nice, and all the tiny crabs were adorable. In short, not worth the hassle of your are in search of a cave.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Went out on a bit of a stormy day but we lucked out and only hit a slight drizzle walking in. There were still a lot of people in the tide pools but only a handful in the cave itself. Still it was beautiful. The only thing is we had to trek it across a field of sea kelp on the last inlet bring shoes you don't mind mucking up

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

If you time it right, with a low tide in the evening, this can be a great place for amazing downtown SD views

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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