I hadn't considered Point Loma a must-see on a five-day trip to San Diego, but I was pleasantly surprised at what was there and wished I had started out earlier in the day.
On the map, I saw the words 'national monument' and 'lighthouse.' That was enough to pique my interest. .
The Cabrillo National Monument is in honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer who was the first European to set foot on the west coast. The monument is nice, but the setting and the views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline are spectacular.
There were actually two lighthouses as well as tide pools on this pointed piece of land and, which I didn't see on the map, a national cemetery, beautifully sprawled out as they are.
Point Loma quickly became a highlight, and I will probably return to go to the tide pools, walk the hiking trails and perhaps be lucky enough to see some whales at the whale-watching lookout.
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