From the tip of Point Loma, 422 feet above the ocean at the entrance to San Diego Harbor, you can enjoy views of the city skyline and the Cuyamaca Mountains to the east, and to the south, across San Diego Bay, to Mexico's Coronados Islands and Tijuana. It is at this headland that the explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo...
From the tip of Point Loma, 422 feet above the ocean at the entrance to San Diego Harbor, you can enjoy views of the city skyline and the Cuyamaca Mountains to the east, and to the south, across San Diego Bay, to Mexico's Coronados Islands and Tijuana. It is at this headland that the explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is believed to have anchored his flagship in 1542 before coming ashore. Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on the West Coast of what would become the United States. Designated a military reserve in 1852, Point Loma was a strategic military outpost for coastal and harbor defense during World Wars I and II, but military use of what is now Cabrillo National Monument, is now history. Park rangers provide interpretive programs and special events throughout the year. Contact the park for schedule.
The Coastal Defense Museum, visitor center, lighthouse grounds, Assistant Keepers Quarters Lighthouse Exhibit, Kelp Forest and Whale overlook, and many of the paths are wheelchair accessible; the lighthouse, tidepools, and Bayside Trail are not.
Exhibits about Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and 16th-century exploration, including tactile elements and a touch screen computer with audio and video descriptions of Cabrillo’s voyage, and an accessible auditorium with captioned films. Behind the building, look for views of San Diego and the bay through coin-operated telescopes. New accessible telescopes have been ordered for the visitor center and Kelp Forest and Whale Overlook. Manual wheelchairs and a walker are available for loan.
At visitor center, Coast Defense Exhibit, and three lots along the west side of Gatchell Road: Tidepool, Sea Cove, Coastal View. Visitors with disabled parking placards may drive to lighthouse; accessible spaces are on south side. Visitors without disabled parking placards, but who have difficulty walking, may obtain a single-day lighthouse parking pass at visitor center.
At visitor center and south side of the Assistant Keepers Quarters