Located at the southernmost tip of the Point Loma peninsula, Cabrillo National Monument was founded in 1913. It commemorates the arrival of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to set foot on San Diego bay. Bounded by lush greenery and picturesque views of the city, the monument draws visitors to the site all year round. In addition to being historically significant, the grand monument is also the migration point of gray whales in winter, making it a popular viewpoint for tourists.
The concrete and mortar of the city envelopes the area around the monument, where diverse flora and fauna thrive, adding a dash of colour. During late autumn or winter, little tide pools adorn the San Diego harbor, enhancing its scenic beauty. Other places of interest encompassing the Cabrillo National Monument are the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and the New Point Loma Lighthouse, both offering panoramic views of the gorgeous city and the endless horizon. The Visitor Center which occupies a tiny nook in the area is a treasure chest of souvenirs and historical facts, among other things. Many events are hosted at the Cabrillo National Monument throughout the year, including “Open Tower Day”, “Whale Watch Weekend”, and “Fee Free Weekends”.