“A Voyage of Discovery”
Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery.
History is a critical mission of many national parks, and Cabrillo National Monument is no exception. Sixteenth century exploration, 19th century lighthouses, and military history are all important elements here; click on a topic above to learn more.
Cabrillo National Monument enjoys a Mediterranean climate characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, mild winters. Weather data is recorded for San Diego at Lindbergh Field (the airport) which is directly across the bay from the monument. The average annual temperature is 64 degrees and the average annual rainfall is a scant 9.5 inches. Rainfall is concentrated in the winter, from November to April, but the amount can drastically change year to year, from 3.4 inches to 19.4 inches. This variability in rainfall causes certain types of plants to thrive one year and barely survive another. Nature makes up for this lack of rain when cold air from the ocean meets the balmy air on the land and dense fogs roll in.
The fog adds moisture to allow species requiring more water to coexist with the desert plants and animals. The ocean also keeps air temperatures mild year-round, which allows heat-loving cactus to grow next to evergreen shrubs common in cooler climates, salamanders to walk past sunning desert snakes, and mosses to grow in the cool shade, a stone’s throw from where parched lichen cling to dry, hot boulders.
The tidepools and light house are my favorite parts.
Great place with spectacular views of the beach and the city. Perfect place to go if you always want to go for a drive or maybe a short walk. Also, the view here is magnificent in sunset time.
Check tide times if you want to see tide pools! Gates close 5pm. Beautiful view of ocean and downtown
Visiting Cabrillo National Monument was very interesting. Except from its historical background, the views one can get from San Diego are great.
The tidepools are fantastic! Besides all these, the lighthouse is a monument itself and is very well cared.
If you have any questions the staff guides are always there to help you and entertain you.
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Cabrillo National Monument
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