Point Loma Beaches

High tide at Point Loma is the perfect opportunity to surf some fun point breaks, while low tide creates tide pools teeming with marine life.
Point Loma Beaches
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Spend a Day in the Surf at Point Loma

The Point Loma beaches aren’t exactly your standard San Diego beach. They’re fairly rocky and uneven, and the shorelines tend to be fairly narrow, which is far from the wide, sandy beaches you can see throughout Southern California. You won’t be getting a lot of sunbathing done here, but these conditions make Point Loma perfect for both surfing and tide pools.

The surf here isn’t for the faint of heart. The large, fast waves make surfing fairly challenging, and the surf breaks are only accessible if you head out on a boat.

The lack of a nearby beach can make recovering after a wipeout more difficult as well. However, for those who accept the challenge, renting a surfboard and taking a boat out to the surf breaks can be a defining moment of your San Diego vacation. You’ll also encounter thinner crowds than on many of the beaches with more accessible surfing, so it’s easy to spend the whole day out in the waves.

On top of showcasing what San Diego’s surfing culture is all about, Point Loma is also known for its tide pools. When the tides go out, the divots in the craggy beaches fill with water and catch various sea creatures. Walk along the beach and peer into these tide pools for an up-close look at ocean life that’s as interesting and exciting as any aquarium trip.

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The Point Loma Neighborhood

Point Loma is a rocky peninsula that juts off the California coast into the Pacific Ocean. It’s home to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, another popular destination for surfing with plenty of scenic views.

Point Loma is about a 10-minute drive west of Downtown San Diego, so you can stay close to plenty of tourist attractions, restaurants, and shopping districts. The San Diego International Airport is just a few minutes away, making Point Loma an ideal destination for those flying into Southern California.

If you’re not quite ready for the strong waves of Point Loma, you can pick up the basics at a San Diego surf school. You can save some money on lessons, gear rentals like surfboards, kayaks and snorkels with fins, or other nearby attractions by purchasing a Go San Diego Pass before your trip.

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View the Tide Pools and Surf at the Point Loma Beaches

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Just like in many of the dozens of San Diego museums, at the Point Loma beaches, education meets fun. The tide pools are an incredible way to learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants, and they’re a popular attraction.

However, the biggest draw is the surfing, which is an experience second to none. Remember, the Point Loma beaches feature boat access only breaks that are well worth the effort for the most experienced surfers looking for a day in the waves.

Surfing

Boat Access Only Surf Spot, Donuts Surf Break
Donut’s Surf Break is only accessible via boat, but it’s worth it for the excellent surf. The reef break here is both stunning and dangerous, which makes for an incredible experience for expert surfers who can manage the large, hollow waves. Rising mid-tides in winter offer the best surfing conditions.
Boat Access Only Surf Spot, Ralphs Surf Break in Point Loma
Ralph’s Surf Break is a point break that creates some world-class waves, especially in the fall. The large swells here make it best suited to only the most well-versed surfers who can stay upright and recover safely. Keep in mind that access to the surf here is by boat only.

Tide Pools

Much Life in the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument
If you want to learn more about ocean life, the tide pools along the shore of Point Loma Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument offer a look into the ocean like no other. Some species you might spot include octopi, lobsters, shore crabs, anemones, and more. Restrooms are available.

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Point Loma Beaches
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