The historic Point Loma Lighthouse is located on the Point Loma peninsula at the mouth of San Diego Bay in San Diego, California. It is located in the Cabrillo National Monument, however it is no longer in operation but rather serves as a public museum. Contrary to the belief that it is an “Old Spanish Lighthouse,” this lighthouse was in fact built in 1855 by the United States government after California’s admission as a state.
Today the lighthouse serves as a historic San Diego landmark and museum. Visitors may enter the lighthouse and view parts of the living quarters, with the tower typically closed off to the public. There are two days of the year, however, that San Diego residents and tourists alike can visit the tower which are on August 25th, the National Park Service’s birthday, and November 15, the Lighthouse’s Anniversary.
The historic Point Loma Lighthouse is one of the first eight lighthouses on the Pacific Coast and was first lighted November 15, 1855. The lighthouse was deactivated on March 23, 1891 but was restored by the National Park Service in 1935. Many come to see the lighthouse after touring other parts of the Cabrillo National monument, including the nearby gardens, museum, tide pools and hiking trails. Aside from being a historic lighthouse, the Point Loma Lighthouse also provides spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown San Diego, and the harbor. Plan a whole day at Cabrillo National Monument, including the historic Point Loma Lighthouse, to take in all the sights and history that surrounds it.