The Cabrillo National Monument

June 15, 2018
Category: San Diego Attractions

The city of San Diego is known for being a city that is full of rich history and a variety of exciting commodities. The Cabrillo National Monument, which is a national park, was founded on just that. This park represents the start of San Diego, as it was the place wherein Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first stepped foot onto Western American soil, making him the first European on the West Coast in 1542. Not only does the Cabrillo National Monument hold a sacred place in the heart of San Diego, but it continues to provide fun and exciting ways to educate all who frequent the park to learn about the history of the area. A visit to the Cabrillo National Monument is a must for those exploring the city of San Diego, as you’ll find that the area provides its guests with plenty of activities to partake in, and a variety of gorgeous sights that you won’t find anywhere else.

About the Cabrillo National Monument

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is one of the icons of the Cabrillo National Monument. This lighthouse was one of the first eight lighthouses constructed on the West Coast a year after California achieved statehood. First put into service in 1855, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse represents the start of a lineage of lighthouses in San Diego. Today, guests of the park can conduct a self-guided tour of the lighthouse and explore the gorgeous design of the building, as well as the history of the lighthouse.

The Cabrillo National Monument is also well known for the tidepools that can be found in the Rocky Intertidal Zone. Located near the southern end of the park, these tidepools are famous for being the habitat of a plethora of marine life. These tidepools are easily accessible, and are a fantastic sight during low tide. More information on visiting these tidepools, as well as the clothing guidelines and hours of low tide, can be found here.

There are also trails to follow within the Cabrillo National Monument. Two of the most recommended trails are as follows: the Bayside Trail, and the Coastal Trail. Though there are many smaller trails scattered throughout the park, these two trails are arguably the most significant and popular within the Cabrillo National Monument. The Bayside Trail expands across 2.5 miles, and offers views of Ballast Point, where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed on the West Coast, the sandstone cliffs, and Coronado Island. The Coastal Trail leads to the tidepool area, and the journey to this area will guide you past an underground searchlight shelter from WW2.

There are many more highlights and activities within this park, such as whale watching, the Cabrillo Festival, and local restaurants near the park. However, one of the best benefits of visiting the Cabrillo National Monument is that Hotel Point Loma is located within 5 miles of the area, making it the ideal place to stay while exploring the area.

Stay at Hotel Point Loma

While exploring the Cabrillo National Monument, enjoy your stay at the Hotel Point Loma. Located conveniently within 4.7 miles of the hotel, the Hotel Point Loma offers the best rates when you book directly at: