The Cabrillo National Monument was named for the Spanish explorer who visited
the west coast of the U.S. in 1542. Its principal feature is a classic lighthouse
which beaconed ships to San Diego in the last half of the 19th century. The lighhouse
has been preserved and refurbished for public visitation.
The monument is at Point Loma, at the tip of the peninsula which separates
San Diego Bay from the open Pacific Ocean. It provides an excellent overlook
for San Diego and its harbor.
The outer side of Point Loma is a very popular vantage point for observing
migrating Pacific gray whales during the winter months. The area also offers
tidal pools, scenic rocky cliffs, and remnants of coastal artillery which
protected the city during World War II.
The excellent photo below shows the entire lighthouse with the city of
San Diego in the background.