Cabrillo National Monument is a great local tourist spot in Point Loma. You can visit multiple historic sites, hike and see tidepools in one visit.
Since I took so many photos of our visit, I’m going to split our visit into two posts—one for the park and another for the tidepool area.
The weather has been crazy in San Diego thanks to El Niño. We weren’t sure if the views would be that great since we knew a storm was coming in. Thankfully, the rain held back and we were able to sneak in a full day of exploring.
It was cloudy, but we were able to see Coronado and San Diego from the park.
From the monument, we took a walk up the hill to Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
“Why can’t I see anything?”
The walk up the hill was actually my favorite park of the park. The views from the sidewalk were amazing! The rains have made the hills come back to life after the terrible drought we’ve had.
When you get to the top of the hill, you can either take the two-mile walk down towards the water or view the lighthouse. I hear the walk to the bottom is beautiful in Spring.
We decided to head up to the lighthouse.
The smaller building to the left is full of interesting facts about California lighthouses and has interactive displays.
From there, we headed up to the lighthouse building. Man, that stairwell was narrow! Little difficult with small kids, but doable.
The living quarters on each floor were so interesting. So much history in that small building.
The top is blocked off, so the kids just got a little peek with some help from P.
A bit behind the lighthouse is Whale Overlook. I wouldn’t consider it safe for small kids, especially if you have your hands full. We chose to admire from a distance before heading to the historic military building.
From here, we headed back to the car and descended down the hill to explore the cliffs and tidepool area. More on that tomorrow!
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