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Cabrillo National Monument

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

619.557.5450
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Region: Point Loma, Harbor Island & Shelter Island
Cabrillo National Monument

A visit to San Diego's "only" National Park offers tremendous views of the San Diego region and excellent opportunities to explore the natural, historical and cultural history of the area. The Visitors Center is a good place to start your exploration of the park. The "Age of Exploration" exhibit, films, and ranger-guided programs present interesting insights into the history of Cabrillo. A short walk leads to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. This picturesque structure is restored to its 1880’s appearance and presents life as it was for the light keepers and their families. In the adjacent Assistant Keeper's Quarters, interactive exhibits tell the story of the Lighthouses of Point Loma. In a nearby historic Military building, the exhibit "They Stood the Watch" presents the history of Fort Rosecrans. The bayside trail begins near the lighthouse and offers breathtaking views of the harbor and the city of San Diego. South of the Lighthouse is the Whale Overlook. This vantage point offers pleasant views of the Pacific Ocean and the New Point Loma Lighthouse. Whales are often seen from here in January and February . On the western side of Point Loma lies the rocky intertidal zone, a window into the ocean ecosystem that lies along of San Diego's coast. During periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions. In them you may see flowery anemones, elusive octopi, spongy deadman's fingers, and a myriad of other creatures.

The Cabrillo Store

Looking for a book about Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, Tidepools or the Military of Point Loma? NPS Junior Ranger gear or Cabrillo logo hats, t-shirts and hoodies? A unique one of a kind gift idea is surely to be found in The Cabrillo Store, located inside the Cabrillo Visitors Center. The Cabrillo Store offers a wide variety of items to help memorialize your 1st or 100th visit to Cabrillo National Monument Park! The non-profit Cabrillo National Monument Foundation operates the Cabrillo Store.

Plan Your Cabrillo Visit:

  • Hiking: The two-mile Bayside Trail affords spectacular views of San Diego Bay
  • The tidepool area offers a unique opportunity to view near shore creatures
  • The lighthouse was built in 1855 as one of the first of 8 on the west coast
  • The military history exhibit explains the role Pt Loma played in WWI and WWII
  • The whale watch overlook is the perfect place to spot Gray Whales migrating

Visitor Programs & Store Hours:

  • Cabrillo Visitor Center & Store Open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • In Search of Cabrillo film shown at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
  • On the Edge of Land and Sea film shown at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • First Breath: Gray Whales film shown at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • Historic Landmark
  • Ocean View
  • General Admission Adult
  • General Admission Child
  • General Admission Senior
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