"Historical, Interesting And Awesome Views!" Cabrillo National Monument by lmkluque

Cabrillo National Monument Travel Guide: 68 reviews and 240 photos

Cabrillo National Monument/Point Loma

Welcome to my Cabrillo National Monument page,

Point Loma is a community situated on a high peninsula located at the northwestern edge of San Diego Bay.

At the tip of Point Loma is the Cabrillo National Monument. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (statute pictured here) arrived in San Diego in 1542 and is considered the discoverer of our fine city.

There are several sites worth seeing up here. Not least of which are the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Don't miss the "Tide Pools" on the west side and Fort Rosecranes Cemetery, the West Coast's version of Arlington Cemetery. You'll find more information on my Fort Rosecranes page.

The road to Cabrillo is closed to non-military persons at 5:00 p.m. So be sure to come early.

I Hope You Enjoy your visit,
Linda

The Peninsula Of Point Loma

Between Ocean Beach and Cabrillo National Monument you'll find the San Diego community of Point Loma. It spreads down the peninsula on the east side with fantastic views of the San Diego Harbor and on the west side with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean.

Plan to visit Cabrillo N.M. sometime before noon, with enough time to leave by five, then wander down Catalina Boulevard until you reach Hill Street in plenty of time to watch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs Park. Make a left onto Hill and follow it all the way to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. You'll not see a sign announcing Luscombs Point and you might not even realize it is a park. There are seveal small parking lots to pull into and signs warn that the cliffs are unstable so, don't try climbing down them--some people do, but the fine for the climb is between $50.00 and $290.00. Part of this area is technically considered Ocean Beach, but it is still on the west side of the Point Loma Peninsula.

Find Your Spot

While waiting for the setting of the sun, drive through Point Loma Nazerene University, a small school located on one of the most beautiful spots in San Diego.

Another idea is to take a few right turns off Catalina Boulevard to see views of the San Diego Bay. Then take a few left turns off Catlalina to see views of the Pacific Ocean, well the best street to do this is Hill Street, from the top of it there is a panoramic view of homes, palm trees and ocean. So Beautiful.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historical, Fun and Awesome Views
  • Cons:Closed after five
  • In a nutshell:Worth a trip out here!
  • Last visit to Cabrillo National Monument: Nov 2012
  • Intro Updated Aug 16, 2013
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  • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Enjoyed reading your Cabrillo page. Love the information about where to go for the sunsets!

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Sep 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Thanks John! Actually I'm not so much into sunsets but I know others are and since we have a place called "Sunset Cliffs" I thought it would be fun to mention it.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    How you doing Linda? Lovely page and I so enjoy this area. Guess what? My sister lives in La Mesa now. Haven't visited her yet, but I need too. I will keep you in mind when I ventured down. Once again, great page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    This was all new to me, since I had never even heard of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and didn’t know that he landed at what is now San Diego in 1542. It seems very fitting to have a National Monument in his honor. This looks like a worthwhile place to visit, with free whale watching as an added bonus.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2009 at 2:49 AM

    Thanks for an interesting tour of a place I haven't heard of!

  • septem's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Lovely pages and tips. Juliana

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    very good, very comprehensive page.

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Enjoyed to watch smole creatures of the sea , the lighthouse , the sunset ...wonderful trip !

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Would love to go whale watching from the shore here. Excellent tips for Cabrillo NM. Cheers from Penang, SL :)

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Sunset Cliffs, memories of where I learned to surf in 1958 and abalone was free for the taking, just bring along an ab-iron.

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Great tips, with lots of information! The tide pools, history, hiking, and light house are all things that we would like. I have saved a number of these tips for the future.. and I like the picnic idea----Thanks!

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