The park is San Diego's only national park, located in the city and on the southeast corner of the continental United States. The Park was built to commemorate the discovery and landing of Cabrillo, a Portuguese, on the American continent. The park is not big. Driving in, the ticket is about $10 a car. Because we plan to go to other national parks, we bought an annual ticket of $80 for the National Park of the United States here. There is a statue in the park, a lighthouse and a memorial hall. There is nothing in it. In this park surrounded by the sea on three sides, you can overlook the opposite Colorado Island. It should have a good view when the weather is good. We also caught a hummingbird, an island the size of a bee, which had never been seen before.
Cabrillo National Moument and Point Lighthouse, A Memorial park for men and women that have fallen, fighting for our country, In uniform fighting men and women fighting for our freedom. A National Park In Honor. A lighthouse sits on top of the hill overlooking the Bay Built in the 1800's Watch in comming Ships . Cabrillo sailed in to the Bay by accident,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,There are walking trails, tide pools you can visit. Over looks the Pacific Ocean....... The Coast Guard House is there.A museum you can visit . A Film you can watch on the History .of the area.They have people dressed in period attaire, Re in actors to tell the story about Cabrillo........................ There are books and cards T-shirts Maps .
The tide pools are a great natural place to check out local sea life. They are located on Cabrillo National Park, and the entry/parking fee is $5. To get there you have to drive down the west side of the cliffs, and then follow the signs to the trails to the beaches. It is best to go at low tide, as more sea-life will be visible, and parking can be rough. The park opens at 9am. Expect to be in the sun, and get wet -- so make sure to bring flip-flops and sun screen. It is also a great spot for a picnic, but make sure to pack it in, and pack it out. There's not any sign of civilization nearby, and it's nice to keep it that way.You can also drive back up and check out the monument and lighthouse on the same pass.
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!
The only National Park in San Diego!Cabrillo National Monument is a great place for short hikes, tidepools, whale watching and one of the best views of the San Diego Downtown Skyline.I would highly recommend the short Bayside Trail which takes you down to the water. Once you hike back up, stop off at the Light House and climb to the top.The views of the Pacific are amazing and well worth it to watch a beautiful sunset. If you are staying for a sunset, make sure to bring a jacket and/or blanket because it can get chilly.
Great place in Point Loma, many people may not know about this tourist attraction. The cost to enter is $5 per car. The line on a Saturday or Sunday will be long to enter and it closes at 4:30. Take a look at the tide pools, lighthouse, and visitor center. The view of San Diego is what really separates this park from the rest of San Diego. You can view downtown, the bay, Coronado from a different side. Must do when in San Diego.
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.
It took me 20 years+ to get out to the lighthouse, and I'm glad I did. I had a great walk, light exercise but relaxing and nice fresh air. I enjoyed lovely views, the history lesson, and then headed to the tide-pools afterwards. A great day adventure for children and adults, enjoy!