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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  • This monument is for the first Spaniard who sailed into San Diego and started a colony there. We had a national parks annual pass so was free to enter. The drive was quite long and there was quite a l...  more »
  • Part of history of San Diego when Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo landed here and named the city San Miguel. Old lighthouse is worth walking up too. Busy on weekends.  more »
  • I learned a lot about Cabrillo and lighthouses. Be sure to watch the video that will give you insight about the people in this area. You will learn the significance of the name Cabrillo and how he cam...  more »
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  • Amazing views of San Diego and Mexico. Be sure to visit the lighthouse and take a ranger tour if you can. FYI you can check-out binoculars from the gift shop desk with a driver's license "deposit". Park closes promptly at 5:00, no exceptions due to Naval orders. However, if you wanna stay for sunset photos take your time driving out and park in the overlooks on the ocean side of the peninsula.
  • Worth the $15 To get in! It is beautiful there! There is lots of history and just a good place to explore. Not everything is handicap accessible, but most things there are. The gift shop has whale bones that kids can learn about. The lighthouse was awesome- they decorated all the rooms like they would have been decorated back in the day. The stairs are narrow and you can't go all the way up.
  • You have to pay to get in because it is a national park, but it is only $15 for the entire car. The price was well worth it to me. When you drive in, you can take a road to the right, which takes you to the tide pools and an awesome area to walk around on the rocks. You get close to the water and are able to see some beautiful scenery. When you drive up to the other area, that is where the museum and monument are. Both are pretty cool, especially if you like history. You can walk in the lighthouse and go up the stairs to see the rooms. It is neat. The best part is the views... wow!! You can go to a few different areas to see different parts. Bring binoculars, you may get to see whales or sea lions. It is a great palce to visit for sure!
  • The rugged cliffs and rock formations that the waves have created are beautiful. When the tide is out, there are little creatures to discover in the tide pools. The former lighthouse is completely decorated as it was while it was in use in the 1930 era. Lovely family adventure. The over look is fantastic. History in the harbor is very interesting.
  • I love taking our out-of-town guests up here. It's views of the bay and San Diego is great and along with a little bit of history. Just as a heads up, the admission to here has increased to 15 dollars a car. Also, found out that if you walk there, it's 7 dollars a person. So it's best to just take a car if you have a group going.

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