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Cabrillo National Monument

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Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Phone Number: 619-557-5450
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Hiking, Whale watching
Description: Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is...
Stately monument honoring Cabrillo, discoverer of San Diego Bay, is located in Point Loma that overlooks the city and the Bay.
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Amazing views of San Diego

Well worth the $5 entry fee for the views of downtown San Diego! Parking is plentiful. There's a small museum and visitor's center with a gift shop. Besides the monument, you can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Marina del Rey, California

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Marina del Rey, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Well worth the $5 entry fee for the views of downtown San Diego! Parking is plentiful. There's a small museum and visitor's center with a gift shop. Besides the monument, you can walk up the hill to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, check out the whale watching spot, tour a one-room museum on the military defense of the West Coast... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful view of the city. The history the lighthouse and how it provided safety to the naval ships was fascinating.

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Leawood, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was a last second trip for us and we are so glad we made it! We first visited the tide pools and, although the tide was not conducive to many sightings, we got to climb among the rocks and see sea urchins and crabs. Totally worth the climb! Beautiful views. Then we headed up to the lighthouse and visitor's... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you go to San Diego, Cabrillo National Monument is a great place to begin. We went there first thing after checking into our hotel. It's a great place to get the "wow factor" of San Diego's beauty right at the start of your visit. The views of the San Diego Bay & downtown to the east, and the Pacific... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This a favorite spot of my husband's not only for the view but for the fact that it's the only place we know of outside of Portugal where the Portuguese explorer's name is spelled correctly. (Cabrilho)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was a little disappointed by this stop. The view is really beautiful and far surpasses the monument itself. Yes, there is plenty of information available, souvenirs for purchase, clean restrooms, like most tourist attractions. However, no one should have regrets if they can't make it to the Cabrillo Monument. As is explained in the information available, the monument standing... More 

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Jamaica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Nice hike on the Bayside Trail. Beautiful views along with historical information and facts. An enjoyable day out!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Small National Park but really pretty! Got there around 9am,passed the town of Point Loma and as we made our ascent by car, we passed a very picturesque cemetery: Rosecrans which reminded me of Arlington National Cemetery with all the white tomb markers aligned perfectly. We paid $5 for the car to get in (not bad) and the view was... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This Narional Park is full of history and lots of hiking trails. The park has tidal pools which is great for kids to see some sea life and waves in a safe place. Restrooms are available as well. Their museum is fabulous and has a ton of old photographs full of the history. Carrillo also gives one of the best... More 

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Highland, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is not the easiest place to find, and you will suspect your GPS has played a malicious trick when you drive up to the naval base guard station, but you are on course. The views are amazing from both sides of the point. This little park has it all: an informative Visitor Center with loads of fascinating history, a... More 

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Additional Information about Cabrillo National Monument

Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Phone Number: 619-557-5450
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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