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Cabrillo National Monument

Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Phone Number: 619-557-5450
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$39*
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Ranked #10 of 499 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Whale watching
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is...
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Type: Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Whale watching
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The paranomic view is breath-taking. The pictures with blue sky and shinning wave will be in your memory forever. We came on a weekday, so the parking is not an issue. If you're interested in the history part, plan couple of hours of visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Cabrillo offers outstanding 360 degree views of San Diego Harbor, Naval Air Station North Island (on weekdays, if you're lucky you'll catch some F/A-18s taking off on full afterburner!), and out to the Pacific. I've seen Whales swimming South along the coast from here. Highly recommend!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Cabrillo National Monument is one of my favorite summer time destinations. I live here and never tire of the views. The old lighthouse is really cool, one day a month they open it up for free to the public to tour. It is totally restored and furnished just like the old kepers lived. They have stories aboutthe keepers and their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If you time your visit right you'll be able to enjoy a pleasant visit to the tide pools. Parking can be tricky there when the tide is low, but it's worth the wait. Seek out some of the rangers in the area to ask them questions about the sea creatures living in the pools because they're very helpful and informative.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Took the public bus there. Inexpensive and easy. Monument is interesting with BEAUTIFUL views. Would be a good place to picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views in every direction. Really peaceful place. It would be a lovely spot for a quiet picnic. The visitors center was small and not particularly exciting, but the park was wonderful.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

The view of the harbor is spectacular and the museum and grounds are nice.At the right time of year there's a chance you could see a migrating whale and there are always large yachts and navy ships coming and going.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Loved this place. Loved the history of ww2 and seeing how the military kept us safe. Employees were very knowledgable and helpful. From the top of the hill you have a 360• of San Diego and the beautiful harbor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We just couldn't get enough of the views from here. There are interesting and informative movies to watch about the history. The walk up to the lighthouse was just right and worth it. Our only regret is that when we tried to go back on the weekend we found that the public transportation doesn't run on weekends and holidays. WHAT???

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

For only $5 per car, this is a half-day adventure worth taking with the family, alone, or as a couple! My boyfriend and I made it an adventure by meandering down the rocky terrain overlooking the beach. Then we headed up to the monument and little whaler museum. And finally we made our way up to the lighthouse. We were... More 

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