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.
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.
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.