Point Loma Tours

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Point Loma
Point Loma sits on a hilly peninsula west of Downtown San Diego, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. This seaside community is best known for its tide pools, historical landmarks, and sweeping views of the bay and the San Diego skyline. With plenty to do and see, it’s no wonder it’s one of the city’s most photographed spots.

The Basics
Point Loma is brimming with activities for the whole family. Visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, explore Southern California’s best protected and easily accessible tide pool areas, and hike to scenic overlooks for whale watching and California sunsets. Point Loma can be visited independently or as part of a San Diego sightseeing tour—by both land and sea. Travelers who want to avoid the stress of renting a car or navigating public transit can opt for a tour that includes transportation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Point Loma is a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Remember to bring sun protection and plenty of water, as there’s little shade in the park.
  • Arrive early if you want to beat the crowds and avoid traffic.
 
How to Get There
There are several ways to reach Point Loma, the westernmost point of San Diego. Ride the Route 84 bus or hop on the Coaster commuter train from Downtown San Diego. Or, if you’re driving, take Highway 8 to Nimitz Boulevard and take a right on Catalina Boulevard.

When to Get There
Point Loma can be visited year-round. It's busiest in summer; during this time, plan to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and avoid traffic. Other times of the year are less crowded. If you want to explore the tide pools, plan to visit during low tide.

Historical Significance
While many come to enjoy the hiking trails, tide pools, and gorgeous views, Point Loma is also a great place to learn about San Diego’s history. It’s where the first European settlers in California landed, thus earning it the title "where California began." The state’s history can be traced back to this very spot. Cabrillo National Monument tells the story of the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot in California.
Address: Point Loma, San Diego, CA, USA
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San Diego Two Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

See San Diego from a marine vantage point on this 2-hour harbor cruise, including some potential sea lion sightings. Listen to live narration from your captain and enjoy for-purchase snacks from the onboard snack bar. Multiple departure times to fit your schedule.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Diego Seal Tour

Take in the highlights of San Diego Bay during a 90-minute sightseeing tour by amphibious vehicle. Travel on both land and water like a ‘duck tour,’ starting on the streets of Seaport Village and rolling down Harbor Drive alongside San Diego Bay. Transition into the water after departing Seaport Village.  Cruise past the SeaWorld and Vacation Isle, experiencing the best of maritime San Diego on this fun and informative tour.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

See San Diego’s sights by land and water on a 1.5-hour seal tour independent shore excursion, and explore this picturesque port of call in an amphibious vehicle. Listen to stories that bring San Diego’s history to life as you travel along the water’s edge, then steer straight into San Diego Bay. Take in sweeping views of SeaWorld, watch for the seals and sea lions that play, eat and bask at Quivira Basin and return to your ship along the scenic Harbor Drive.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Whale Watching Adventure

Every year during the winter months, California Grey Whales migrate from the frigid waters of Alaska to the more temperate waters off the coast of Baja California, Mexico.The Grey Whale is one of the animal kingdom's great migrators, traveling in groups called pods. Some of these giants swim 12,430 miles round-trip and breed in the shallow southern waters and balmier climate.These whales were once the target of extensive hunting, and by early in the 20th century they were in serious danger of extinction.Today, Grey Whales are protected by international law, and their numbers have grown. In 1994, the Grey Whale was removed from the United States endangered species list.We set sail for the open ocean to get a glimpse of these amazing creaturesas they make their way down the coast. Don't be surprised if you see dolphins and sea lions as well!
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private San Diego Bay Open Ocean Sunset Cruise

Take a private motorboat cruise that includes sunset and seal viewing off of Point Loma. Set out on the waters of San Diego Bay and head to the Pacific Ocean to watch the sunset, then see the skyline of San Diego light up for the night. Your motorboat is equipped with a refrigerator, a bathroom, speakers for your music, and indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Treasured Islands of San Diego Bay - 2.5 hour Segway Tour

Your meeting point will be Cancer Survivor’s park, located across the street from San Diego International Airport. After a short safety training we will take off to Harbor Island, Point Loma, America’s Cup Harbor, and Shelter Island. Along the way you will get to see the local residents like, pelicans, ducks and seals.Along the way you get to enjoy the breathtaking views of San Diego Bay, to the world-famous Coronado bridge, and the numerous Nimitz-class aircraft carries. Harbor Island is San Diego’s best view of America’s Finest City! But this is not all. You will get to learn about San Diego’s history as we ride along the water’s edge through one of San Diego’s best communities; Point Loma, which is home to H&M Landing, America’s Cup Harbor, and Shelter Island. You will be amazed to see some of the nicest yachts in the world including Super Yachts. To finish our tour you get to enjoy a local craft beer, or other drink, at a unique spot on the pier of Shelter Island.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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