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Tips for Visiting the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego
Published On January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

The Cabrillo National Monument, located at Point Loma, is a monument dedicated to the exploration, natural resources and culture of the West Coast. Dedicated to Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the West Coast in 1542, Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most frequented places in San Diego. It gets very busy on weekends and records a substantial traffic almost throughout the year. You should plan your day with a ready list of things to do and stay updated with information about the tides and areas that may be closed. These details are readily available at the visitor’s center.

Tips for Visiting the Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument has three signature attractions: tide pools that share the natural beauty of the west coast, The Old Point Loma Lighthouse which demonstrates the cultural history of the area, and the monument dedicated to Cabrillo, himself.

Cabrillo National Monument charges admission per car. You can have multiple passengers in your car and gain entry for as little as $5. You may also go for a park permit that will cost you $20 but you can get in more than once. It remains valid for the rest of the year so in case you are planning to return, this is a wiser choice.

Try to get to Cabrillo National Monument as early as possible. This will allow you to explore the area with relative ease and you can take your time to check out the caves. The crowds get thicker as the day progresses and you may have to jostle for space at the most interesting spots if you arrive late. You need to be patient and careful at the tide pools and be mindful of the low tide timings. One reason why you must have the tidal info is to make sure yo can actually explore the tide pools without risking safety. You cannot explore the pools during a high tide.

You should consider wearing close-toed shoes. They are the most practical if you intend to explore the tide pools. Don’t wear flip-flops. You would slip and trip, you may even fall on the slippery slopes and you will definitely have trouble walking on the moist soft surface. Be sure to bring a good camera. Your phone camera may do but a digital camera will be better. Additionally, it is best to wear layers as the marine layer may present fog.

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