Cabrillo National Monument is located in the city of San Diego and at the southernmost end of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. To access the park, visitors can use I-8 or the CA 209 south from I-5. The National monument sits on 143 acres of land. Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the arrival of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 1542 marking the first time that a European arrived on the West Coast of the United States.
The land where the national monument sits was protected and Proclaimed on October 14, 1913, by the War Department before transferring their authority over the area on August 10, 1933, to the National Park Service. The site of the national monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on October 15, 1966.
Besides commemorating the arrival of the first Europeans to this side of the country, Cabrillo National Monument is also a favorite place for several other reasons including the Old Point Loma Lighthouse which can be found at the highest point on the park and which has been on site since 1854. Additionally, the place is also famous because visitors can see the great migration of the gray whales as they travel offshore during the winter.
Moreover, the area is also an excellent place for visitors and nature enthusiasts to explore tidepools found on the west side of this special place. These tidepools form shallow bodies of seawater on the rocky intertidal shore at low tide. They not only create a magnificent view of the area but also provide an excellent spot to study the southern Californian coastal ecology.
Besides these attractions, the Cabrillo National Monument is also a great place to enjoy fishing, hiking, and interpretive programs. Visitors to the national monument can also bring their dogs to the park but must ensure that their dogs are always on a leash and that they are well behaved.