Things to Do in Point Loma, San Diego
Point Loma sits between the Pacific Ocean, San Diego River, San Diego Bay and Old Town. This is an expansive area with a lot to see and do.
Walking Path at La Playa in Point Loma
Hiking in Point Loma
One of the most popular hiking areas in Point Loma is the bluffs trail. This route is at the southern end of the peninsula on the seaward side. It is a fun place to see the power of the Pacific Ocean and to explore some of the fascinating tide pools.
Right next to that trail is Cabrillo National Monument and the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (more information about those sites below). The paths around these two sightseeing destinations also provide an enjoyable place to hike along.
On the San Diego Bay side of the peninsula is the Bayside Trail. This includes the Point Loma Lighthouse. It is another place to take in the beautiful views over the water that Point Loma is known for.
Sailing off of Point Loma
Fishing in Point Loma
San Diego’s coastline is well known for its ample and diverse marine life. Some areas are legally protected, so make sure you check the local rules before you start fishing anywhere.
If you want to get a fishing charter or tour, head to the bay. There are many places that will take you out, especially between Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Try your luck and maybe you can catch a trophy size yellowtail fish!
Whale Watching in Point Loma
The whale watching in San Diego is among the best in the world. Most notably, the Pacific gray whales pass by the city every year while migrating north and south. If you visit during the late winter or early spring, you can often see mothers traveling with their new young.
There are numerous whale-watching tours that you can take. Many of these launch from Point Loma in San Diego Bay. They will take you out in a boat to see what you can spot.
Better yet, the gray whales are often visible from Cabrillo National Monument during their winter migration south. They sometimes come close enough to the shore to see with the naked eye. However, most are in the kelp beds starting at about three-quarters of a mile from the coast.
Shelter Island Sailboat Mural
Arts and Entertainment in Point Loma
Point Loma is the home of Liberty Station, one of the designated Art Districts for the city. It has public art installations, open-air concerts, public arts events and more to enjoy. Additionally, it houses White Box Live Arts, a popular performing arts theater.
Looking for Live Entertainment?
Check out Humphreys Concerts by the Bay for live concerts ranging from They Might Be Giants to The Go Go's.
On the peninsula proper, visitors can check out the Salomon Theatre. This is located on the Point Loma Nazarene University campus.
For some livelier options, you may want to head to Shelter Island where there are some venues with live music and happy hour specials. Whatever you enjoy, there is likely a place for you in Point Loma. Watching a live concert in the bay is actually part of Unique Things to Do in San Diego
Cliffs and Beaches in Point Loma
The natural beauty is one of the best reasons to visit Point Loma. Along the seaward side of the peninsula are mostly cliffs. Although these offer some of the most stunning views in the city, they can be dangerous and are not safe for going in the water.
Bird Feeding Along the Beach in La Playa, Point Loma
At the southern tip of the community are the tide pools. These provide some interesting insights into sea life for anyone who wants to explore around. The intertidal zone is fairly easy to explore and a popular site for families.
In the northern part of Point Loma is Ocean Beach. This neighborhood houses Ocean Beach Pier & City Beach as well as Ocean Beach Dog Beach. These offer more conventional beach experiences.
Shelter Island and the surrounding part of the San Diego Bay also have some nice beaches and waterfront places to relax. These can be particularly fun if you enjoy seeing the cruise ships and other vessels coming into the harbor.