C is for Cabrillo National Monument

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For C of the A to Z Challenge, we visit the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California.

Cabrillo National Monument

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.

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo Statue – photo by kei

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.

Cabrillo National Monument

Old Point Loma Lighthouse – photo by kei

Cabrillo National Monument

Old Point Loma Lighthouse – photo by kei

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.

Cabrillo National Monument

Tidepools (rocky intertidal zone) at Cabrillo – photo by kei

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.

Cabrillo National Monument

View of San Diego CA from Cabrillo National Monument – photo by kei

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!

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6 thoughts on “C is for Cabrillo National Monument

  1. I have been! We used to go to the tide pools when I was a child. I loved seeing them. However, my favorite monument is probably the Washington Monument or maybe the Lincoln Memorial. That whole DC mall area is pretty cool.

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    • I’m glad you’ve had the chance to go! I think the DC mall is very awe-inspiring, with the large scale of the monuments and the sense of history that goes with it.

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  2. claowue

    A monument in stone. It looks great – and so different. Here in Europe most of this monuments are made of … er, well some sort of metal. Kings and conquerers, sitting on their horses in a heroic pose, like a roman sovereign were in fashion for quite a long time…
    That’s why I find that this Cabrillo Monument looks refreshing different.

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    • It’s definitely a unique monument. Now that I think of it, I’ve seen quite a few stone monuments in the US. There are some metal statues, but not often of kings and only sometimes of conquerors here. I’d love to get a chance to visit some of the European monuments!

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  3. This is what I love about the #Challenge. I would never have found you without visiting today. I will enjoy your theme and beyond. If I can find a place to FOLLOW, I will. Wish we could have talked before I finished writing about hotels and inns for this year’s theme. If you have time, come and join me for some arm chair travel to significant architectural buildings, important to the community they are in and to those who visit.

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    • I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog and have enjoyed your visit! Your hotel and inn theme is wonderful. (If you are on WordPress, you can scroll to the top of the blog and a small Follow button should appear in the lower right hand corner. For some reason it only pops up for me in when I’ve scrolled to the top.)

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