This monument marks the arrival of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 on the western coast of what is now the state of California in the US. In addition to the history of 16th century exploration, the local Kumeyaay culture is represented at the National Monument.
The monument is the site of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which is no longer operational because it was located where the marine layer (clouds + fog) made it difficult for boats to see the light. In addition to a peek into everyday life at the lighthouse, you can also learn about the military history of coastal defense.
And if you follow the trail down to the coast you come across the beach and tidepools where you can see small pools teeming with life during low tide, and spectacular views of the cliffs and the ocean at any time.
The weather by the coast in San Diego is usually cool and can sometimes be cloudy! The winter brings humpback whales off the coast and you can take boat tours to see them. The spring brings the marine layer, which means the clouds hang around in the morning and sometimes in the early evening, so the afternoon is probably the best time to visit the coast. The summer is the best beach weather of course, but the fall is great too.
The Cabrillo National Monument is a great place to learn about the coastal cultural history of San Diego and to get some amazing views! Pay when you park, $10 entrance fee.
Have you been to Cabrillo or another National Monument? What is your favorite historical monument to visit? Let me know in the comments!