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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  • Wanted to see the lighthouse. the views here and the lighthouse are amazing. Short drive from Shelter Island and there is good signage to get you here. 
    Wanted to see the lighthouse. the views here and the lighthouse are amazing. Short drive from Shelter Island and there is good signage to get you here.  more »
  • This review happened during COVID (April, 2022). My wife and I went to San Diego for a short vacation. We visit National Parks whenever we get a chance. The location of this park is amazing. You get.....  more
    This review happened during COVID (April, 2022). My wife and I went to San Diego for a short vacation. We visit National Parks whenever we get a chance. The location of this park is amazing. You get.....  more »
  • We enjoyed everything from the lighthouse to the tidal pools, along with some of the historical artifacts. The tidal pools were probably our favorite - very easy walk right along the cliffs, with... 
    We enjoyed everything from the lighthouse to the tidal pools, along with some of the historical artifacts. The tidal pools were probably our favorite - very easy walk right along the cliffs, with...  more »
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  • Rode our bikes from Harbor Island to Cabrillo. Beautiful 9 miles in. User our senior national parks pass to get in. Beautiful vistas of North Island Coronado and downtown San Diego. Of course, the weather was perfect. Visited the tide pools even though low tide was 3 hours earlier. Still a great ride to the tide. A quick ride back to Harbor Island with a lunch stop at the Point Loma Fish Shop for their fish and chips (awesome 5 stars).
  • Spectacular views of the San Diego waterfront all the way to Mexico. Great place to take pictures and whale watch. Small gift shop. Visit the military cemetery along the way. Bring your own lunch because there isn't a restaurant. Visit more often with a national park pass.
  • I decided to stop by this park on my way into San Diego. The great thing about it, it’s highly scenic and you get a great view of the greater San Diego area and the coast. There’s not a ton of walking involved, so you really can make it a short trip to jump out and catch the scenery or you can stay longer and visit the little shop and museum. There are also hiking trails that you can take to extend a visit. Overall, it’s a pleasant park that pretty accessible.
  • A beautiful location with a fantastic view of downtown San Diego and the harbor. Rain or shine, there is always something to see from the monument. The trails leading down to the water are accessible to individuals, couples, and families with small children. The paths are not difficult and can be easily navigated. As of this review, the National Parks Services is not offering the Junior Ranger activities, but if you're a parent, you may be able to obtain a booklet and badge from them for your children.
  • Without question Cabrillo has the best overall view of San Diego and the harbor. It also has a scenic relatively easy hiking trail as well as a small but interesting display of early San Diego history. If you don't have an annual or senior pass the entry fee is $20 per vehicle. My wife and I always enjoy visiting.

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