Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

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  • Address: Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6195575450
  • Ticket Price: 10 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Light House, Landmark, Walking Area, Monument, Family And Kids
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About Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

The site commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European on the West Coast of the USA, at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. The views at the monument are incredible-the San Diego skyline, Mexico's Coronado Islands, the Naval Air Station North Island, and the Pacific Ocean. In January and February you can spot whales and dolphins in the water from Whale Overlook. The park is also a popular birding spot.

Many events-Whale Watch Weekend, Founder’s Day, Cabrillo Festival Open House - are held at the monument throughout the year. Walking around will reveal many historical military installations used in the defense of San Diego. You can also visit the tidepools. The lighthouse, the park's highest point, was built in 1855 and is now used as a museum exploring the lives of the family that that maintained the lighthouse. Twice a year, on August 25 and November 15, the lighthouse is opened to the public. Check out the visitor centre for souvenirs and a detailed history of the park. There are guided tours, movies, and an Age of Exploration exhibit.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument Information

  • Partially wheelchair accessible.
  • Check attraction website for complete calendar of events.
  • Entrance passes are valid for 7 days.
  • Smoking not allowed.
  • No cell phone service down by the tidepools.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument Ticket Prices

  • Given ticket price is for passenger vehicle.
  • Motorcyclist: 7 USD per vehicle
  • Walk-ins, bicyclists: 5 USD per person

Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument Opening and Closing Hours

  • Last entry at 4:20pm.
  • Tidepools close at 4:00pm.
  • Bayside Trail closes at 4:00pm.

How To reach Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument by Public Transport

  • Bus 84 stop Cabrillo National Monument.
  • Drive or Cycle to here.

Restaurants Near Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument

  • Subway, Kona Kai Restaurant, Fathom Bistro

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Old Point Loma Lighthouse And Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego Reviews

  • Not that it's purposefully hidden. But this amazing place is not easy to find for a San Diego visitor. Tide pools at the bottom of the cliff on the west side of the point. A fun nature trail for the fit to explore. Watch the huge ships coming and going into San Diego harbor. So close you feel like you can touch them. Watch the jets take off from North island naval base. And the incredible buildings full of history spread all over the park. Local or visiting this is a MUST for anyone wanting to know the true story of San Diego.

  • On one hand I can almost guarantee that most reading this review have never seen or heard of this park. On the other hand would it surprise you to learn that this is consistantly one of the most visited National Monument's in America! Go figure. During the cold war the local joke was the inexplicably bloated numbers were due to the "fact" that 3 out of every 4 "visitors" to Cabrillo spoke Russian. This because this spot situated as it is some 400 feet above the bay and ocean offers unobstructed views of every military base on San Diego Bay! Past a panoramic view of what the city and Uncle Sam is up to, the park offers a top notch visitors center providing an informative and entertaining explanation of local history. Lighthouse is a true light and house now museum and offers a fascinating insight into what life was like in this beautiful but desolate location 150 years ago. Kids love exploring the tide pools located at the base of the west face of the point. A true must see!

  • Not my favorite part of our San Diego trip. Wasn't great weather and we were not there at low tide. Definitely check the tide tables before you go. The tide pools are more interesting then (I'm told). There's some cool geology, rock strata on the cliffs and impressive erosion above. It's $15 per car get in and the pass is good for a week.

  • The monument is not particularly impressive, and the weekend wait to get into the park section on weekends paired with the cost of admission--$15 for most non-commercial vehicles, or $7 for walk-ins--make it a less attractive public space than your average national monument. On the other hand, the admission price technically covers a week of admission so you can come back to take advantage of things you may have missed. The tide pools are picturesque with some very cool looking wear on the cliff faces and a fun but short little hike not far from the waters' edge. It would be great if a little more of it was accessible, especially if it meant a longer hikeable distance, but it is probably the most fun part of the entire park definitely recommended if you have kids along. The views of San Diego's downtown and the ocean are pretty decent from various parts of the monument and the lighthouse.

  • Travelled all the way from LA to San Diego through heavy traffic & lots of delays en-route, but the place was worth visiting. The point on a small hillock offers mesmerizing view of San Diego along with the sparkling waters of pacific coast. There are many scenic points on the top offering nice view of the city and the port. It was rather windy & chilly up there, but bright sunlight compensated for that. Heavy traffic was well managed in spite of holiday rush. The light house on top offers fantastic insight of its working. It was interesting to know how the special lenses of the lamp enable viewing of the light even from great distances. Many walking trails originate from the top. Also if time permits, one can move down to the beaches on west side.

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