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Cabrillo National Monument

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
619-557-5450
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As featured in 3 days in San Diego
Ranked #14 of 215 attractions in San Diego
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Hiking, Whale watching
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Good views of downtown San Diego, harbor area and a good visitors center. Also good ocean views - scenic drive on the ay there.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

San Diego history starts here and captivates the history buff who enjoys lighthouses as a special feature. The view of San Diego and the mountains is spectacular . It is a national Park that allows for you to roam all the way down to the tide pools.

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san Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Cabrillo monument offers a rich historical side of San Diego.The museum is complete with a movie and photos.The lighthouse is worth the short hike.During the right season whale watching is a must.Make sure to stop by the tidepools at the bottom of the hill for some great ocean views.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Living here for forty years, we have seen many changes. A lot for the better for tourists. History buffs should not miss this, I have ten placesI think we should promote more, not less. This is in my top five. Historical, breath taking View across the city.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you want to have a feeling for what the original peoples of California or the Spanish explorers experienced, be sure to visit Cabrillo NM. Bring a light jacket, as the winds can pick up here, it is about 400 ft above sea level, and very nearly straight up. There are excellent trails, and tide pooling can be fun, but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I like to take visitors to Cabrillo National Monument for many reasons. Firstly, it is a great way to introduce my guests to the history of San Diego. Secondly, the view itself explains how our city began, and what industries are supported by its ocean location. Thirdly, a visit to the tidal pools across the road offer additional appeal at... More

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San Diego
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Grand vista, revealing Coronado, San Diego Bay, Point Loma, Mexico, the blue Pacific and more. Worth your time and spend some time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Just the drive to Cabrillo National Monument is tranquil and scenic. I never get tired of going here for the historical information and the amazing views! Oh, the views! A tip that many visitors don't know is to veer to the right before the ticket station to drive down the hill to the beach. It's a wonderful perspective while driving... More

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

For 1 of the best views in San Diego of downtown and the bay as well as the ocean. Great tour of the old lighthouse. Visitors center is cool with lots of info and free films of San Diego in their theater. There's a small car charge to have access to the area which includes the tide pools.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I always recommend to visitors to San Diego to visit This National Monument for the best view of all San Diego. On a clear day you can see from the border into Baja California, all of Coronado, San Diego Harbor, the city of San Diego and up the coast to La Jolla. There re pill box gun mounts to visit... More

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