This National Park was named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
As the first European to set foot on our west coast, he made history in 1542.
His monument stands against the background of San Diego’s skyline.
There are hiking trails nearby.
The Point Loma Lighthouse (San Diego’s first lighthouse) is furnished to showcase historic detail.
A winding staircase offers views from the windows but this gate prevents access to the top.
We used binoculars to spot whales (migration takes place during January and February) but instead saw one seal, many boats, a dozen surfers and the most incredible views.
The hillside is blooming along the coastal trail.
Waves hit hard, sending spray up the path.
Could have sat and listened to the surf all day long...
and at many different vantage points.
The access road in and out of this beautiful park is flanked by headstones, in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, overlooking the city on one side…
and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
Cabrillo National Monument remains untouched.
Yet in close proximity to our bustling downtown just across the bay.