Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Steve K
    Hyde Park, New York72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice getaway from the urban sprawl of San Diego
    If you are looking for a diversion from the big city attractions and busyness of San Diego, this is one of the places to go! You get beautiful views of the ocean AND downtown San Diego and harbor areas. There are nice historical displays up at the upper area, and down at the water you can walk around and explore tide pools at low tide. If there are decent waves coming in, there are often surfers to watch. It's probably an excellent place to see Grey Whales when they are migrating, but I wasn't there when that happens.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • David W
    Centreville, Virginia131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of wonder in a small park!
    This small site has it all - amazing history, stunning views, engaging nature, beautiful trails, and more. Tour the lighthouse and learn about the first European explorers and settlers from knowledgeable rangers in the visitor's center (and don't miss the World War II history tucked away on the hillsides). Walk the trails for stunning view of the bay, ocean, and San Diego. Explore the tidepools at low tide. Don't let this park's small size fool you - we expected a one-hour visit and spent half the day!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 April 2023
  • CvilleMom85
    Centreville, Virginia10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views of San Diego and beyond
    A small but worthy monument to visit. You can drive right up to the lookout site with commanding views of the bay. Reasonable parking, restrooms, and gift shop. You can use your US ParkPass for admission if you have one.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Tara B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views on views!!!
    Beautiful NP! Gorgeous views of San Diego, North Island, and the great Pacific Coast. Well done visitor center with plenty of graphics, exhibits, and details. Take the drive around to see tide pools and the coast. Wish we could have gotten closer to the new Point Loma lighthouse.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Kathy S
    Bullhead City, Arizona19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Taste of History and Beauty
    I love the view from Cabrillo and I would encourage you to take the time. As a native San Diegan, this has always been one of my favorite spots. Mt Soledad is another. I feel a sense of peace when I am there. It always makes me excited to think that I am viewing the surrounding ocean/bay much as the early explorers must have seen it.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Beth K
    Shawnee, Kansas1,690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must-see site
    Drive into the area, pay by the car, and enjoy a couple of hours exploring. The Visitor's Center has a gift shop and staff with sweeping views of San Diego. Take a short hike up the hill to explore the lighthouse. When we visited, we could climb the stairs to the top, but could not go through the entrance to the outside of the top of the lighthouse. Amazing views!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • cohoman
    Sammamish, Washington2,071 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views
    My family spent 2 hours here checking out the lighthouse and walking the different trails in the park. The day we arrived, the visitor center was under refurbishment but they still had a makeshift store open to sell souvenirs. I liked the fact the lighthouse is open and you can checkout both floors and see the restored rooms (although the top floor with the light was closed). From the bayside trail, you get a good view of North Island (military base) and the San Diego skyline. You can also drive down to the tide pools which was a great photo op. Definitely worth a visit on a warm sunny day.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • AnnaThorn
    Newquay, United Kingdom154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit
    Beautiful place. Well worth a visit. $20 for a car to enter but you can visit for a week on that ticket. This place offers stunning views of the bay. We also walked the trail path which had lots of boards up with nice info about the area.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 December 2023
  • Claire K
    Hove, United Kingdom1,275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day 3 of the Californian Adventure
    If you have the time, this monument is definitely worth a visit. Not only is it very moving passing the thousands of war graves on the drive up there, but the views when you reach the top are breathtaking. Seeing Downtown San Diego, the mountains that surround & Mexico in the distance, was just incredible.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 February 2024
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Claire K
Hove, UK1,275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
If you have the time, this monument is definitely worth a visit. Not only is it very moving passing the thousands of war graves on the drive up there, but the views when you reach the top are breathtaking. Seeing Downtown San Diego, the mountains that surround & Mexico in the distance, was just incredible.
Written 22 February 2024
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AnnaThorn
Newquay, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Beautiful place. Well worth a visit. $20 for a car to enter but you can visit for a week on that ticket. This place offers stunning views of the bay. We also walked the trail path which had lots of boards up with nice info about the area.
Written 23 December 2023
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cohoman
Sammamish, WA2,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My family spent 2 hours here checking out the lighthouse and walking the different trails in the park. The day we arrived, the visitor center was under refurbishment but they still had a makeshift store open to sell souvenirs.

I liked the fact the lighthouse is open and you can checkout both floors and see the restored rooms (although the top floor with the light was closed). From the bayside trail, you get a good view of North Island (military base) and the San Diego skyline. You can also drive down to the tide pools which was a great photo op. Definitely worth a visit on a warm sunny day.

Written 18 December 2023
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Clarence And G
San Diego, CA151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a fantastic time at the CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT, beginning at the lower level. We spent about 15 MINUTES there, on the lovely bench!!

WE FOUND A DISABLED PARKING SPOT.

We then drove up to the VISITOR'S CENTER, for the views, and the JUAN RODRIQUEZ CABRILLO Statue.

At the upper level, there were very few disabled parking spots. We saw only one, but it was for an RV. WE WERE EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS!!!

For the first time, we saw a plane carrying a political figure flying into North Island.

It was then off to the LIGHTHOUSE. It was particularly windy up there, and we loved it. We didn't go into the Lighthouse this time but walked around it.

It was a beautiful day, but very cool and windy; WHICH WE LOVED!!!

We got a better glimpse of the FORT ROSECRANS MILITARY CEMETERY as we drove out. So beautiful, with its green grass.
Written 9 October 2023
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Beth K
Shawnee, KS1,690 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Drive into the area, pay by the car, and enjoy a couple of hours exploring. The Visitor's Center has a gift shop and staff with sweeping views of San Diego. Take a short hike up the hill to explore the lighthouse. When we visited, we could climb the stairs to the top, but could not go through the entrance to the outside of the top of the lighthouse. Amazing views!
Written 4 September 2023
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Kathy S
Bullhead City, AZ19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
I love the view from Cabrillo and I would encourage you to take the time. As a native San Diegan, this has always been one of my favorite spots. Mt Soledad is another. I feel a sense of peace when I am there. It always makes me excited to think that I am viewing the surrounding ocean/bay much as the early explorers must have seen it.
Written 26 August 2023
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Tara B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful NP! Gorgeous views of San Diego, North Island, and the great Pacific Coast. Well done visitor center with plenty of graphics, exhibits, and details. Take the drive around to see tide pools and the coast. Wish we could have gotten closer to the new Point Loma lighthouse.
Written 2 August 2023
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Jeannie099
Plymouth, MI35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautiful views of San Diego and Pacific Ocean. Easy walking. Great stop for families. Would check out extra tours and classes
Written 25 June 2023
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ccrconinc
Concord, CA578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great place to understand San Diego and how our military might and the history of the purpose impacted of the Point Loma
And the light house
Make sure you check out the movie so you can understand more about it !
Written 14 June 2023
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CvilleMom85
Centreville, VA10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A small but worthy monument to visit. You can drive right up to the lookout site with commanding views of the bay. Reasonable parking, restrooms, and gift shop. You can use your US ParkPass for admission if you have one.
Written 28 May 2023
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