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Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

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4.5 out of 5
62 member's reviews
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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse
    Olivier Pasco
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    3 Apr 09, 2014

    Guarding the entrance of the San Diego Bay the Cabrillo monument offers stunning views and nice hikes.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsHistory Buffs
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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma LighthousePro 2014
    Rhia R.
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    4 Jan 26, 2014

    If getting a great panoramic view of San Diego is on your to-do list, don't miss out on this place. $5 will get you a pass for entry to the area, which is valid for up to 1 week. Make sure you have a camera handy to snap a photo of the monument itself and the city skyline and harbor area.

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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse
    Bailey Ward
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    5 Dec 17, 2013

    We arrived here about 1 hour prior to sunset and walked down to the tide pools. My bf loves photography, and he said that the lighting on the cliffs was absolutely perfect. We drove back up to the Visitor's center to see a beautiful view of downtown San Diego and Coronado Island. We walked up to the Whale Overlook just as the sun was setting. The sunset was initially just average, but 20 minutes after sunset the entire sky and ocean turned light pink, then hot pink, then bright orange. It was probably the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen! $5 entry fee is good for 5 days, so I will definitely be back before it expires!

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    Becky Mahan
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    4 Oct 24, 2013

    It's a great photo-op to stand next to the statue of Cabrillo - and the ocean views behind it are blissfully unobstructed, but this place is best for a hike or scenic walk. The little information center has an interesting 30-minute documentary on the whales that migrate to the bay, but only if you're really interested in National Geographic. I enjoy walking around here, though, and the open ocean on the other side of the hill is a gorgeous - and extremely windy - front row view.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory Buffs
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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma LighthousePro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 Feb 19, 2014

    On the windy edge of the Pacific Ocean, not too far from downtown San Diego and Coronado, this small NPS holding is worth it just for the 360-degree views from the lighthouse grounds. But the lighthouse is only open a few times a year, so if you want to go inside, check the park website first before driving out here. Nearby, the historical displays about Spanish exploration in the New World should hold your attention for a half-hour or so.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsOutdoor Enthusiasts
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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse
    Thomas Underhill
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    3 Sep 13, 2013

    We spent an enjoyable day out here and our daughter earned her Junior Ranger title here. Good for kids and adults alike.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse
    Rebecca F
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    Check the tide calendar and check out the tidepools. GREAT for the kids and whole family. do a casual walk/hike along the ocean cliffs. Or walk around the lighthouse grounds for a spectacular view of downtown san diego, local mountains, and even Tijuana hillsides.

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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma LighthousePro 2014
    Rachel E.
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    4 Jul 25, 2013

    Great place with amazing views. The Lighthouse is fun and the information center has lots of great information about Cabrillo and the natural wildlife in the area.

    Recommended for:Local Culture
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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse
    Hotel del Coronado
    4 Jul 24, 2013

    This beautiful San Diego attraction offers hiking trails, a museum, tidepools, and most importantly, a spectacular 360-degree view of San Diego. This site is a must-see!

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  • Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse
    Pete F
    5 May 24, 2013

    This is right in our back yard, just minutes from the condo. The most spectacular view in all of San Diego!

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Description:

Part of the National Park Service, Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city of San Diego and far beyond. It was erected in honor of Captain Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the west coast. Also on the site is the original lighthouse, which was replaced in 1891 by the one that still steers vessels away from shore. Tidepools delight young and old, history buffs enjoy the museum, and hiking enthusiasts are challenged by the trails. Gift shop and snacks are available.
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