• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument


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  • Cabrillo National Monument Theater Closed on Selected Dates

    Due to National Park Service alternate uses, the Cabrillo National Monument theater will be closed to the public on the following dates: October 28 all day, October 29 9am-12pm, November 6, 2014 12pm-5pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Military Retirements

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 use the contact information listed below.

• 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.


For a downloadable application for retirement ceremony, click here.


For further information, please call (619)557-5450 extension 4577 or extension 4566.
You can also email us.

Did You Know?

Whale tail

Did you know that Pacific Gray Whales make one of the longest migrations of all mammals? They travel approximately 12,000 miles from the Arctic to Baja California and back again, and can be seen on their southward migration from Cabrillo National Monument.