Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s expedition to San Diego Bay in 1524. It was the first time that a European expedition set foot on what became the west coast of the United States. You can learn about the age of exploration and Cabrillo at the park’s visitor center. From here, it is a short walk to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, restored to its 1880's appearance and now operating as a museum. The park also encompasses several former military installations, which you can see while exploring the area. Take time to appreciate the monument’s superb views of the harbor, city skyline, and Pacific Ocean. If it is a clear day, you might even see the Coronado Islands. Plan to visit Cabrillo National Monument during your San Diego vacation using our convenient San Diego trip maker .
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Cabrillo National Monument Reviews
The Cabrillo Monument is a must see. A great view of the Naval Air Station and Navy ships under construction. I was a bit disappointed that the discount given to active duty military is not extended t... more »
This monument is at the very end of San Diego bay. There is an excellent museum and lovely tide pools. more »
Very neat peninsula with great views of San Diego, the bay, the ocean to the South and West, and The Coronado Islands to the South. Nice tide pools and trails. Museums and historic lighthouse. Wasn't crowded when we were there midweek. $20 per car group, with entry for a week included. Operated by the national park service. We spent 5-6 hours here, it would be easy tip spend the day.
We spent most of our time at the tide pools. They were fascinating and there were so many creatures to admire, barnacles, anemones, etc. The rock formations were really neat and of course, the waves from the ocean rolling in. We were able to get lots of walking in, by choice, but you can drive and park at each destination if you wanted. The lighthouse was interesting to learn about and see. You can go almost all the way up but the very top is closed except three days a year. The Cabrillo National monument was interesting to look at and read about. Inside the buildings are tons of cool displays. Lots of detailed information too. We went to all of these as two adults and stayed several hours. We are excited to return with our kids because they'll have a great time too.
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