Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

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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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  • October 4, 2017
    This park has it all! Great views of the SD bay, hiking and marine exploration in the magnificent tidepools. There is a cute little lighthouse museum on the property too. Great place to spend a day ex...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    To get a #Bird's Eye View# of San Diego; Climb up to Cabrillo National Monument. It offers a view of San Diego's harbor and skyline, as well as Coronado and Naval Air Station North Island. A wide expa...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Well worth visiting! Great views over San Diego. Beautiful gift shop with lots of things to buy as souvenirs.  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    This was a very educational place to go! Very friendly people and staff comma some walking but not bad at all very very little or or more if you wanted to go down to the landing. The lighthouse is set up on a hill which is very nice with a very good exhibit. At the visitor center, there's a very good video that explains a lot about Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. I really enjoyed learning about this part of San Diego and the history behind its name, it's settlement, and a lighthouse.
  • June 19, 2017
    This place was great. The views were amazing. The tide pools were really neat. Recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes but also be prepared to get wet. The rocks are slick so a good pair of water shoes to explore the tide polls is a good idea.
  • June 12, 2017
    Very nice area.....when the park is full the park rangers will advise. The price to get in is pretty steep...I think $8.00-$10.00 per car....the view is great but when the fog rolls in its hard to see..the visit to the original lighthouse is informative..... if you can find parking and you paid to get in turn around go back to entrance ..make a left and drive down to the cliffs...at low tide this place becomes a tide pool....you are not able to take the seashells because the crabs are always looking for new homes.... when the weather conditions are good it's a fun place to explore.... if the tide is high it's not a good idea to go further but just sitting up there at times you will see whales on their migration south to Baja...you can see surfers and lots of boats.....
  • June 30, 2017
    We bought the one year membership, totally worth it. This is a great place to explore, hike, watch the sailboats go by, or enjoy the sunset. This is truly the hidden gem of San Diego that most locals forget even exists. Sometimes they have yoga, full moon hikes, and other great events.
  • June 27, 2017
    I stumbled upon this place on accident. I was driving around in Point Loma with no where to go and I started following this winding road and after I passed the military installation, then cemetery ( really I started looking for a place to turn around thing I went somewhere unauthorized) I saw people on bikes so I followed and when I got to the entrance I said what the hell. It's 10 bucks but you can come and go as much as you'd like for one week. This place is packed with awesomeness! The views and trails are spectacular ( be careful there are cliffs with no rails) you can see old military relics from WW2, I watched a pod of dolphins pass by there's an old light house that is preserved in the state it was in while it was operational, and you can stand at the point where the Spaniards landed! I would up spending 6 or 7 hours here and I will be going back for sure.

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