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Visitors Center

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo spent much of his life exploring "the new world" which would later become parts of Central and North America. On 27 June 1542, Cabrillo and his men sailed three ships north to "discover the shores of New Spain" (the west coast of the United States). On 28 September 1542 Cabrillo entered a harbor and set foot on a pristine sandy beach he names San Miguel (what is now San Diego). In 1913 Cabrillo National Monument was established on the southern tip of Loma Point to commemorate the life and explorations of Cabrillo. Start your tour at the Visitors Center where the knowledgeable staff can make recommendations on how to best enjoy your visit based on your interests and the time you have.

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Cabrillo National Monument

There is a short, wheelchair accessible walkway leading to this monument to Babrillo. The view of San Diego from here is excellent.

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There are two lighthouses at Loma Point. The old one is part of the park and is easy walking distance from the Visitors Center. The light in the lighthouse was rated to be seen up to 28 miles away; but some mariners reported seeing the light up to 39 miles away. Unfortunately, the lighthouse was too frequently obscured by fog so a newer lighthouse was built at a lower elevation close to the shoreline.

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