Cabrillo National Monument
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Rising from the southern tip of Point Loma is the Cabrillo National Monument. The statue depicts Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who, in 1542, was the first European explorer to navigate the Californian coast. From the monument -- which stands 422 feet above sea level -- you can enjoy the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. You might even spot whales way out in the Pacific between December and March. While you're here, take some time to tour the nearby lighthouse and visitor center, which offers insight into San Diego's maritime history.
One TripAdvisor user says, "We really enjoyed our visit to the Cabrillo monument and Point Loma in general. The views are spectacular, and the walk from the visitor center to the lighthouse is a comfortable distance."
The Cabrillo National Monument is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per vehicle and $3 per person for walk-ins and cyclists. For more information, visit the Cabrillo National Monument website.