• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

    Cabrillo

    National Monument California

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  • Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit April 7 through May 16

    The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit and will be closed from April 7 - May 16. Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlook. Call 619-557-5450.

  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed May 19 through June 16

    The Visitor Center will be undergoing a Seismic Retrofit and will be closed. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information

Directions to Cabrillo National Monument

The Point Loma Peninsula
Cabrillo National Monument lies at the tip of the Point Loma Peninsula, just west of the city of San Diego
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The drive to Cabrillo National Monument will take you through diverse areas that tell of the Point Loma peninsula’s history. In Spanish, “loma” means “hill,” and is a fitting description of the rolling topography of the area. Archaeological remnants tell of human occupation of the Point as far back as 7,000 years. In 1797, the Spanish constructed Fort Guijarros on the eastern side of the peninsula, as a means of guarding the entrance to the harbor. Fifty-five years later, in 1852, the southern portion of Point Loma was set aside as a military reservation. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery was established in 1934 and today honors over 86,000 veterans and dependents who are interred there. Residential neighborhoods on Point Loma were originally established by generations of fishermen and remain varied today, with small cottages tucked next to multi-million dollar homes. Catalina Boulevard is part of San Diego’s 59-mile Scenic Drive, and affords spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and city on your way to Cabrillo National Monument.

 

FROM DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO

  • Take Harbor Drive past the airport
  • Turn left onto Rosecrans Street
  • Turn right onto Canon Street
  • Turn left onto Catalina Blvd. (also known as Cabrillo Memorial Drive)
  • Follow Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end

FROM INTERSTATE 5 NORTHBOUND

  • Take the Hawthorne Street / Airport exit
  • Follow the road to the left under the freeway towards the bay
  • Turn right onto Harbor Drive
  • Take Harbor Drive past the airport
  • Turn left onto Rosecrans Street
  • Turn right onto Canon Street
  • Turn left onto Catalina Blvd. (also known as Cabrillo Memorial Drive)
  • Follow Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end

FROM INTERSTATE 5 SOUTHBOUND

  • Take the Rosecrans / Highway 209 Exit
  • Stay on Rosecrans Street into Point Loma
  • Turn right onto Canon Street
  • Turn left onto Catalina Blvd. (also known as Cabrillo Memorial Drive)
  • Follow Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end

FROM INTERSTATE 8 WESTBOUND

  • Take the Rosecrans / Highway 209 Exit
  • Stay on Rosecrans Street into Point Loma
  • Turn right onto Canon Street
  • Turn left onto Catalina Blvd. (also known as Cabrillo Memorial Drive)
  • Follow Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end

Did You Know?

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Did you know that over 200 species of birds have been recorded at Cabrillo National Monument, including land, shore, and sea birds.