Point Loma

Point Loma

Since Point Loma is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, it's no surprise that the traditions of the sea are strong here. This seven-mile strip of land also marks the entrance to San Diego Bay - the largest natural landlocked harbor in the world.

The smell of the sea wafts through the air of Point Loma. Blue-green marinas dot the shoreline on the bayside of the peninsula, providing a full range of services for yachts, sailboats and fishing vessels. In addition to daytime water activities, Point Loma's Shelter Island and Harbor Island offer walking paths and an exciting night life with restaurants and night spots.

Point Loma's main attraction is Cabrillo National Monument, located at the tip of the peninsula. Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the discovery of California by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542. In 1913, a half-acre was set aside to commemorate the great explorer Juan Rodriguez, and in 1949 a statue was erected in his memory. Today the 144-acre Point Loma San Diego park known as Cabrillo National Monument is the third most visited San Diego attraction, as well as one of the most visited national monuments in the U.S. Over 1.5 million people tour the historic Cabrillo National Monument Point Loma annually. Looking down from Cabrillo National Monument to Point Loma beaches and shoreline below, you can see Ballast Point where Cabrillo first set foot upon San Diego California soil.

Next to Cabrillo National Monument is the Point Loma Lighthouse, another Point Loma landmark that's among the best attractions in San Diego to visit. Here you can tour the old Point Loma Lighthouse and learn about its rich history, which dates back to 1854. You can also explore nearby tide pools and walking paths.

After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848 and the United States acquired new territories, the United States Army built Fort Rosecrans on Point Loma, named after Civil War General William S. Rosecrans. Today the military still occupies a large portion of Point Loma, where the U.S. Government is the largest landowner. Government facilities include The Naval Training Center, Naval Ocean Systems Center, an atomic submarine base, an undersea research and development center, and naval and coast guard rescue facilities. More than 20,000 Point Loma residents are military personnel.

Also located on the southern end of Point Loma is the 71-acre Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, which contains row after row of simple white crosses honoring deceased war veterans from 1846 to the present. With the backdrop of San Diego Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country.

Along its beautiful, tree-shades streets, Point Loma has many of San Diego's oldest and most interesting homes. You'll see a variety of architectural styles, with an emphasis on Spanish style design.

The picturesque Point Loma harbor is home to many fine Point Loma restaurants and boating clubs, including the San Diego Yacht Club. In this part of Point Loma, you can spend many relaxing hours enjoying water sports like sailing, surfing, snorkeling, diving, tide pooling and beach-combing.

Point Loma has grown into an exclusive neighborhood, limited by size but certainly not attributes. The epitome of a seaside beach community, Point Loma has a rich heritage and a strong sense of community pride and enjoys its reputation as one of the most visited spots in San Diego.

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