Military Retirements at the Park

North Bay Parking Area

The North Bay parking area is an expansive area that can accommodate your larger military retirement ceremony.

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North Bay Parking Area view

Morning view from North Bay parking area, looking northeast over Ballast Point towards North Island.

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To help you determine if Cabrillo National Monument is the best choice for your Department of Defense retirement ceremony, we offer the following guidelines:

• A Special Use Permit is required and is obtained in advance. Please contact Park Ranger Ely Edquid to request a Permit Worksheet.

• Ceremonies with more than 20 people are allowed in the main parking lot, in the north bay area.

• Retirement ceremonies with less than 20 people may be held in other areas of the park, with advance permission.

• Ceremonies should start before 9:00 AM and must conclude by 10:00 AM.

• The retiree, or his/her command, must provide and set up all chairs, tables, podium, PA system, etc. Park personnel cannot be used for this purpose. All equipment must be removed by 10:30 AM.

• Receptions with cake, cookies, coffee, or other refreshments are not permitted.

• The park entrance station opens at 9:00 AM. If the ceremony will begin after 9:00 AM, a fee waiver must be obtained. To obtain a fee waiver, fax your request on official letterhead to (619) 226-6311.

• All vehicles must be parked in the main parking area.


To obtain a Permit Worksheet, or for further information, please contact: (619) 523-4568

(619) 523-4577
(619) 523-4563

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