Cabrillo National Monument

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For amazing views of Downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean, an up-close view of tide pools, birds and plants native to San Diego and a chance to tour one of the original West Coast lighthouses, visit Cabrillo National Monument!


Entrance Fee

  • Passenger Vehicle: $5 per vehicle
  • Walk-in, bicycle and motorcyclists: $3 per person
  • Once entrance fee is paid, it’s free to explore the Park

Daily 9am-5pm
Last admission: 4:30pm





1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego CA 92106

Detailed Description:

The Cabrillo National Monument sits on the tip of Point Loma and includes the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, along with hiking trails, tide pool areas, and gorgeous views of Downtown San Diego and the ocean. President Woodrow Wilson created the Park in 1913. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is one of the original West Coast lighthouses (there were only 8!) and is restored to look like it did when it was first built. The hiking in the area provides gorgeous views of the City and gives visitors a chance to enjoy the fresh ocean breeze. Plant and animal life thrives in the area. Coastal sage scrub is a great plant to see and enjoy while you are here—this is the last area the coastal sage scrub grows. Birds rule at Cabrillo National Monument—there have been over 200 species of birds recorded in the area! The Park’s tide pools are one of the best-preserved rocky intertidal areas open to the public in Southern California. While you’re here, learn the history of the explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo who discovered San Diego, the history of the lighthouse and the history of Fort Rosecrans and its military ties. Cabrillo National Monument gives visitors fresh air, great photos and a chance to learn more about San Diego.

Films are free in the Visitor Center:

Time Program Length
10AM In Search of Cabrillo 25 Minutes
11AM On the Edge of Land and Sea 20 Minutes
12PM First Breath: Gray Whales 25 Minutes
1PM On the Edge of Land and Sea 20 Minutes
2PM In Search of Cabrillo 25 Minutes
3PM First Breath: Gray Whales 20 Minutes
4PM In Search of Cabrillo 25 Minutes



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*Hours, prices, etc all subject to change. Check the location’s website to confirm.