Cabrillo National Monument:
San Diego, CA

by | Nov 16, 2017 | 0 comments

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: be

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

Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.


1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive

San Diego, CA 92106

Phone Number:

(619) 557-5450


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


Passenger Vehicle: $10 per vehicle

Motorcycles: $7 per vehicle

Walk ins, bicyclists: $5 per person

Approximate Distance from:   

Los Angeles: 2 hours, 10 minutes


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