Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument is a beautiful coastal area at the southern edge of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. This monument celebrates when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed at San Diego Bay in 1542. He was the first person from Europe to set foot on the West Coast of the United States. In the modern day, you will enjoy exploring the nature and culture of the area. Learn about the history, visit the lighthouse that was constructed in the 1800s, and then, kick off your shoes and explore the coastal tide pools. This area has beautiful weather throughout the year, so it is a wonderful destination.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Cabrillo National Monument

The Cabrillo National Monument is located at the tip of the Point Loma Peninsula along the scenic coastal route at the edge of San Diego, California. There is plenty to see and explore in the area, so an RV is a convenient way to travel. If you do not own an RV, consider finding the perfect model to fit your needs on RVshare. 

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Things to Do

Things To Do Near Cabrillo National Monument

There is plenty to explore at Cabrillo National Monument. If you arrive when the weather is bad, you can enjoy indoor activities including a self-guided tour of the lighthouse. There are exhibits like the "Age of Exploration" that are located near the visitor center. When the weather is nice, you can explore the tidepools and grounds around the park. There are brochures that will help you to identify the local plants and wildlife as you explore. 

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How To Get To Cabrillo National Monument

To get there, just follow Interstate 5 south toward San Diego. Take Exit 21 for Sea World Drive/Tecolote Road. Continue south on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Turn right on Chatsworth Boulevard, and merge onto Catalina Boulevard. From there, you will find Cabrillo Memorial Drive. 


1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

Fee: Entry Fee (per non-commercial vehicle) $20.0

Fee: Entry Fee (per motorcycle) $15.0

Fee: Entry Fee (per walker or bicyclist) $10.0

Fee: Entry Fee (per commercial vehicle with 1-6 passenger) $30.0

The entry fee is $30 for commercial vehicles with 1-6 passengers.

Fee: Entry Fee (per commercial vehicle with 7-25 passengers) $45.0

The entry fee is $45 for commercial vehicles with 7-25 passengers.

A visit to the Cabrillo National Monument is a treat for anyone interested in the history of the West Coast. Explore the lighthouse, climbing the stairs to see a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. If you visit in the fall or winter months, you will be there at the right time to see the tide pools during low tide and explore the tiny wildlife. If you travel by RV, your needs are self-contained, and you can truly take your time and enjoy the area.