The Cabrillo National Monument is situated near the end of the Point Loma peninsula. The access fee is $20 per car. Once through the gates, you can turn left up to the monument or turn right towards the beach, where there are tidal pools and rock formations to explore. We turned right, but, when we arrived, the tide was still fairly high. We did not see very much, but had a very nice stroll along the coast. The cactus flowers were starting to bloom, lending a bright spot to the day.
After our walk, we got back in the car and headed up the hill toward the Visitor Center. There were tremendous views of San Diego and the Bay, Coronado Island, the Old Point Loma lighthouse and the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. We enjoyed the views, visited at the Cabrillo Monument, toured the museum and looked at the lighthouse from afar. We had walked far enough already on this day. Down below us, in the bay, a submarine was being maneuvered into the Naval base area. It was nice to get this vantage point of the entire area.
The Cabrillo National Monument celebrates the arrival of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer who was the first European to navigate the coast of current day California in 1542-43.
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was built in 1855 by the United States Government after the admission of California as a state. It was decommissioned in 1891 and now serves as a museum.