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Cabrillo National Monument

National Park, Historic Site, and Scenic Lookout
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, United States
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    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    • 6:00 AM–7:00 AM
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    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    DeeAnne S.
    "way to Mexico"(6 Tips)
    steve m.
    "Nice place for a morning hike with beautiful views of San Diego Bay."(2 Tips)
    La Jolla Blue Book
    "best view hike the Bayside Trail"(2 Tips)
    Keith K.
    "The 2 mile hike is worth it and has beautiful views of San Diego!"(2 Tips)
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  • scenic views
  • mexico
  • hiking
  • diego bay
  • trails
  • monuments
  • coronado islands
  • museums
  • free admission
  • landmarks
  • hidden gem
  • tide pools
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  • Hollie S.

    Gorgeous park and hidden gem

    Hollie Sick · 2 weeks ago
  • Paul S.

    Check out the tide pools. Views are amazing!

    Paul Smith · 2 weeks ago
  • Hamad A.

    Very nice view, worth it

    Hamad AlHosani · 3 weeks ago
  • Jesse G.

    Views from San Diego downtown to the mountains all the way to Tijuana, Mexico. Military ID will get your family in for free.

    Jesse Guzman · 3 weeks ago
  • Helen W.

    Great view. I've been here a lot and it's a bit different every time. Tide pools are cool

    Helen Weng · January 13
  • Marty O.

    Awesome views, get there early (before 2) before attendant shows up for free admission & plenty of parking. Park close to exit end. Take time for the exhibits

    Marty O. · December 30, 2015
  • billy o.

    Great trails, best views of San Diego, the bay, Coronado, and Mexico!

    billy o · December 18, 2015
  • Keith K.

    The 2 mile hike is worth it and has beautiful views of San Diego!

    Keith Kaplan · July 4, 2015
  • David C.

    Great views of San Diego and the Bay. On a clear day you can see the Coronado Islands. If your lucky you may even see a big Navy ship entering or leaving the harbor.

    David Ciani · June 16, 2015
  • Dave E.

    The cityscape view in the evening is unparalleled!

    Dave Erickson · May 19, 2015
  • Josh W.

    Amazing scenic views of San Diego bay. A submarine came into base while we were here.

    Josh Wood · February 28, 2015
  • Erin R.

    Your phone may think you're roaming in Mexico.

    Erin Richards · December 29, 2014
  • Alfa S.

    Wear warm clothes, it's always windy here. Always.

    Alfa Santos · November 30, 2014
  • Mike B.

    Active military gets in free

    Mike Barker · October 5, 2014
  • Mike B.

    Incredible scenic views ☀️

    Mike Barker · October 5, 2014
  • Donna U.

    Very beautiful and interesting

    Donna Urban · October 4, 2014
  • Alex W.

    Breathtaking views of the bay, downtown SD and sunset cliffs

    Alex W · August 30, 2014
  • Miriam G.

    The statue itself is nice, but not nearly as imposing as the view.

    Miriam Goldman · August 14, 2014
  • Michael A.

    Walk out past the old lighthouse to the scenic viewpoints where you can see lots of ships and (if you're lucky) whales

    Michael Anderson · August 10, 2014
  • Dirty B.

    Pretty place to see all of San Diego

    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
  • Darla M.

    A must see when in San Diego. Stop by the tide pools.

    Darla Mills · June 28, 2014
  • Yemisi A.

    Was picturesque!

    Yemisi Adejumo · April 26, 2014
  • Andressa A.

    Take a lot of photos! :)

    Andressa Amaral · February 5, 2014
  • Allison M.

    Drive to the next parking lot passed the tidal pools for a really beautiful spot where you can sit on the cliffs over the water

    Allison Madwatkins · January 13, 2014
  • K.K. S.

    Posted fees.

    K.K. S.S. · December 29, 2013
  • Linda M.

    Dramatic views in 360 degrees.

    Linda Miklowitz · December 17, 2013
  • madhusudhan s.

    amazing view of the city and the ocean

    madhusudhan sreedhar · October 27, 2013
  • Lori H.

    Don't go during government shut down. It was closed! Seriously bummed we missed it.

    Lori Hilbink · October 8, 2013
  • Nikky B.

    Beautiful view of all of San Diego!

    Nikky Brigham · September 30, 2013
  • Anesia O.

    Do not wear a dress! (****its windy!****)

    Anesia O. · August 21, 2013
  • Justin S.

    Great views! Definite must see.

    Justin Shoemaker · August 19, 2013
  • Rodrigo B.

    Even on a sunny day, temperatures here can be cool, so bring a jacket; and pack a lunch -- the site has great picnicking spots but no food facilities. You should plan on a minimum of 90 minutes here.

    Rodrigo Badin · August 10, 2013
  • Dan D.

    If you do one thing in San Diego, come here, closes at 5pm

    Dan Duckwitz · June 10, 2013
  • WhiteDino ..

    Fee is worth the view! Amazing views and great breeze! #whitedino

    WhiteDino .Com · May 18, 2013
  • Randy B.

    Some awesome views on a clear day - so put your iPhone 4s or 5 in panoramic mode and have fun.

    Randy Brown · April 12, 2013
  • uoǝן W.

    Make sure you get to the tide pools before 3 to be safe. The sign says 4:30, but the Rangers can be very unfriendly and close the gate early.

    uoǝן Wong · January 14, 2013
  • San Diego Reader

    Take the Bayside Trail for views that stretch into Mexico and out to the Cuyamaca Mountains, plus up-close viewing of pit-stopping migratory birds. Read more

    San Diego Reader · October 17, 2012
  • Richard R.

    Take the drive up to the point. Great view of Mission Bay. Look to your right and you can see Mexico.

    Richard Revilla · October 1, 2012
  • Monica B.

    Best $5 you will ever spend. Tide pools, lighthouse, hiking, beautiful views & a lot of history.

    Monica Bali · June 18, 2012
  • . N.

    Excellent view and great history

    . Naystatt · May 28, 2012
  • Desiree M.

    Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

    Desiree M. · May 12, 2012
  • Gail S.

    Sunrise service Easter Sunday is fantastic up here!!!!

    Gail Stewart · April 8, 2012
  • Kathryn G.

    You can rent a pair of binoculars for free from the information center. Just leave your drivers license with them.

    Kathryn G · April 3, 2012
  • Tiana P.

    Gorgeous views!!!

    Tiana Patterson · March 13, 2012
  • Arthur M.

    The lighthouse is one of the iconic symbol of San Diego. The view is awesome. The monument includes old parts of Fort Rosecrans an Army installation built in 1898.

    Arthur Mitchell · March 3, 2012
  • Softub

    Trails, unspoiled beaches, and museums makes it a perfect Sunday outing. The ocean view alone is worth the trip.

    Softub · February 29, 2012
  • Annullo

    Join Moment Cycle Sport Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:30am for a ride out to Cabrillo! All levels are welcome.

    Annullo · February 27, 2012
  • Scott R.

    Don't miss the military wartime defenses exhibit next to the first parking area you come to after entering the monument. Well done.

    Scott R. · February 17, 2012
  • La Jolla Blue Book

    To get the best view hike the Bayside Trail, a hilly two-mile trek that winds through the coastal chaparral zone. Get the park pamphlet describing the trail, plants, animals & birds common to the area Read more

    La Jolla Blue Book · February 10, 2012
  • Jennifer M.

    Beautiful Landmark

    Jennifer Martin · January 13, 2012

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