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Cabrillo National Monument


Cabrillo National Monument is located at the Southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California. It offers an amazing view of San Diego’s Harbour and skyline. It is a memorial to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who in 1542 set out in search of the island of California.

He is also known as ‘Columbus of California’. He landed at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542 and also became the first ever European to set foot on the western coast of the United States. He took possession of the entire coast for the King of Spain.


Fast Facts: –

  • Cabrillo National Monument was established on October 14, 1913 to memorialize the accomplishments of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
  • This National Monument is the only unit of the National Park System in San Diego County.
  • In 1932, the site of the monument was designated as California Historical Landmark #56.
  • A statue of Cabrillo was commissioned by the Portuguese government and donated to the US in 1939.
  • This heroic sandstone statue was made by sculptor Alvaro de Bree. It is 14 feet tall and weighs 14,000 pounds.
  • The original statue suffered weathering so it was replaced by a replica made of limestone in 1988.
  • In winter, it is a popular spot for watching grey whales migrating on their way to Mexico from the Arctic.
  • It also has a 2.5 mile roundtrip trail that winds through the native habitat of the southern California coast. It descends 300 feet into the coast.
  • The monument also includes the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, built between 1851 and 1855.



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