Cabrillo National Monument:
San Diego, CA

San Diego is famous for the most incredible tide pools. Tide pools are depressions where water is trapped during low tides, forming small pools that provide habitat for numerous plants, invertebrates, and fish. Point Loma in Cabrillo National Monument is known for one the best spots for exploring tide pools. During low tide it is fascinating to discover what was washed up. Found at Cabrillo are many small invertebrates, such as periwinkle snails, lined shore crabs, acorn barnacles, troglodyte chitons, and various limpets as well as California mussels, aggregating anemones, limpets, chitons, California sea hares, snails, crabs, fishes, lobsters, and octopuses. The rocks at the beach are beautiful with majestic cliffs rising up along the water.

Timing is everything when visiting the beach during low tide. The link below can be checked for times of low tide: behttp://www.tides4fishing.com/us/california/cabrillo-beach#_tides.

In addition to the tidal pools, Cabrillo National Monument is home to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. There beautiful views of the San Diego Region can be seen from there. There is a two mile walk that begins near the lighthouse with views of the harbor and city of San Diego

The Whale Overlook offers beautiful views of the ocean. Whales are often seen from here in January and February. 

 

Posted: November 16, 2017

Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive

San Diego, CA 92106

 

Phone Number:

(619) 557-5450

 

Hours:

Cabrillo National Monument is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

Price:

Passenger Vehicle: $10 per vehicle

Motorcycles: $7 per vehicle

Walk ins, bicyclists: $5 per person

 

Approximate Distance from:   

Los Angeles: 2 hours, 10 minutes

 

Website:   https://www.nps.gov



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