The Old Point Loma lighthouse
Point Loma-Ocean Beach are two neighborhoods of
San Diego. Located on a
peninsula jutting out into the Pacific Ocean west of the San Diego
International Airport and San Diego Bay, the area offers a pleasant
diversion from the busy, tourist-filled neighborhoods and beaches
Map of Point Loma-Ocean Beach
There are three primary access points into Point Loma: Rosecrans
Street from Old Town to the northeast, Harbor
Drive past the airport from the east, and Nimitz Boulevard from Mission Bay to the north.
The Metropolitan Transportation System (MTS)  operates buses in
San Diego. Route 28 on Rosecrans Street and Route 35 to Ocean Beach
connect to the trolley station in Old Town, while Route 923 goes on
Harbor Drive past the airport to Downtown.
A less conventional way of getting into the area is by taking a
Water Taxi, +1 619 235-8294, .
These small boats serve San Diego Bay and offer service to Harbor
Island and Shelter Island from Coronado and Downtown. They run from 3PM-10PM
daily and cost $7 each way, and can be a good way to get to the
yachts, hotels, and restaurants of Harbor and Shelter Islands, but
if you're planning on heading virtually anywhere else in the Point
Loma-Ocean Beach area, a Water Taxi isn't going to be much
- Fort Rosecrans is north of Cabrillo National
Monument. Fort Rosecrans is a former WWII military outpost,
situated on Point Loma to protect the Naval Base on Coronado from
attack by sea. The fort contains bunkers, weapons emplacements and
the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery ,
which holds a number of monuments including the USS Bennington
Monument. An exhibit in Cabrillo National Monument displays some of
the history of Fort Rosecrans.
At the end of Catalina Boulevard, +1 619 557-5450, . Open daily 9AM-5PM, $5
per vehicle, $3 per person walking, bicycling, or motorcycling
Located at the tip of Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument
commemorates Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who led the first European
exploration to what is now the west coast of the United States, in
1542. Point Loma was the one of the places he stopped, and the
first contact Europeans made with what would one day be California.
The monument has a statue of Cabrillo and exhibits on his
expedition in the visitor center.
Being over 400 feet above the ocean, the views from Cabrillo are
marvelous, overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Diego
Bay, Coronado, the airport, and Downtown San Diego to the east.
Mexico and several off-shore islands are also visible from this
vantage point on a clear day. A short walk from the parking lot is
the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which was built in the 1850s to warn
approaching sailors of rocks. However, the location proved poor and
a new lighthouse was built closer to ocean, leaving the old
lighthouse empty. Today the old lighthouse has been preserved and
is open to tour. Each year, on the lighthouses birthday, the top of
the lighthouse is opened for visitors to enjoy the same view that
the lighthouse keeper had.
In addition to it's main sights, Cabrillo also offers a few
- There is a Tidepool Area a few miles drive
from the Visitor Center, down the cliff on the Pacific Ocean side,
where visitors can explore a living tide pool ecosystem. Just be
cautious of the marine life and slippery rocks! Wearing shoes with
proper grips is a must when visiting any tidal ecosystem.
- An exhibit on the Military History of Point
Loma is located near the parking lot, which preserves a few of the
old coastal defense mechanisms which were in place during both
world wars. Occasionally, a docent will be present to answer any
questions about the military history of the area.
- A Whale Overlook, near the Old Point Loma
Lighthouse, offers a great place to watch the annual Gray Whale
migration every winter.
- The Bayside Trail gives you a chance to stroll
through a native coastal scrubland. Sea lions are very often seen
from this trail, playing on the buoys bobbing in the ocean below.
The trail is one way.
Ocean Beach is a small beach town without all of the usual bells
and whistles typical of most popular beach towns. Trendy
restaurants and shops are not on the menu here, but a relaxing day
at the beach, a stroll around town or even a trip with the pooch to
the dog beach – are. Ocean beach is approximately seven miles from
San Diego on the California coast.
- Ocean Beach is well known for its two large sandy beaches,
which cater to just about every beach-going type.
- The regular beach 
offers designated surfing and swimming zones, which are monitored
by the local life guards, which are staffed year round at the main
lifeguard station at 1950 Abbott St.
- At the northern end of the beach, dog lovers can bring their
pets along for a romp in the waves or a swim in the flood channel
at Dog Beach.
- Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, at the south end
of the beach, extends out over the waves and offers great views of
the beautiful Pacific Ocean and coast. A tackle shop, located in
the middle of the pier, provides bait and supplies for the many
fishing enthusiasts who frequent the area. This is one of the few
places that visitors can fish without a California fishing license.
Pole rentals are available at the bait shop as well.
- The Ocean Beach Street Fair  takes place annually in
late June and includes live entertainment and a chili cook-off
- Sunset Cliffs, along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
south of Ocean Beach. A lovely setting, Sunset Cliffs is an
excellent place for sightseeing, picnics, watching sunsets (as the
name suggests) or just driving along the rim of the beautiful
cliffs along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. There is also a rather secluded
beach there, but it's swim at your own risk. It is quite popular
with the more adventurous and seasoned surfer as the surf is rather
rough for the area. Be warned, however, that there are no
lifeguards at this secluded beach and it is only accessible by
scaling a gently eroding (but long-standing) cliff face. Local
surfers have been kind enough to provide a rope that aids in
'safely' repelling down the cliff face. Some upper body strength is
required to return to the top.
- Humphreys Concerts By the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island
Drive, ☎ +1 619 220
8497, . A concert series held every May through
October, showcasing some famous entertainers (Crosby, Stills &
Nash, Jewel, The Moody Blues, Bonnie Raitt) at Humphrey's Half Moon
Inn & Suites. A wide variety of styles, from rock and jazz to
comedy, blues and international music. Humphreys Restaurant also
has live blues/jazz/disco/classic rock music every night in its
Point Loma, as the home of Shelter Island and Harbor Island,
offers plenty of opportunities for boating on the
San Diego Bay.
- Shelter Island Boat Launching Ramp provides
the closest access to the Pacific Ocean (approximately 3 miles
away) of the four boat launch ramps on San Diego Bay. Restrooms and
a large parking lot are immediately available. For visiting
fishermen, the bait receivers, where anchovies and sardines can be
purchased, are located on the right side of the channel as you exit
the harbor. The bait barges are open 24 hours per day.
- There are two anchorages here; Cruiser
Anchorage, located east of Harbor Island, is set aside for
visiting boaters. A permit is required to anchor here; permits are
valid up to 30 days at a time. Permits can be obtained at the
Shelter Island Harbor Police Facility, 1401 Shelter Island Drive,
+1 619 686-6272. La Playa Cove Anchorage,
located near several yacht clubs in the Shelter Island yacht basin,
has room for around 25 boats. La Playa allows stays on weekends
only, up to 72 hours. Nearby yacht clubs include: San Diego Yacht
Club  and Southwestern Yacht Club .
- Harbor Island West Marina  is a full-service
marina that is also popular for convenience. Dock services include
restroom/shower facilities, electric, water, telephone, dock boxes
& carts, fuel dock/pumpout station, swimming pool, saunas,
boathouse restaurant, deli/liquor store, boutique, sailing club,
picnic area, and laundry facilities, to name a few. Liveaboards are
also welcome. Sunroad Resort Marina  is on the east side of
Harbor Island, with more than 600 boat slips. Dock services such as
electrical hookups, telephone jacks, satellite television, wireless
internet, fresh water service, and a waste pump-out station are
- There are also several moorings located
throughout the Harbor for vessels ranging from two to 65 feet in
length. They are available north of the Grape Street Pier and south
of the Coast Guard Station, near Downtown. Mooring balls that are
strictly for transients are also available. Visit the SD Mooring
Company Office, 2040 N. Harbor Island Drive, +1 619
-291-0916,  for an
Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach offers a great variety of unique
stores and boutiques. Any demographic can find something down Ocean
Beach's main street. Once a week, typically on a Wednesday, you'll
find a farmers market. The market offers food, fresh produce and
other fare as well as live entertainment and small attractions. It
takes up the entire two main blocks of the shopping district and
typically lasts from 4-8pm.
- Antiques & Stuff by Ruth. This store
imports antiques from all over the world, and specializes in
furniture, glass chandeliers and collectibles.
- Cottage Antiques. English Country Cottage
style antiques at this rather homey store, specializing in items
such as English Chintz China, sterling silver and Staffordshire
- Downwind Marine, 2804 Canon St, +1
619 224-2733, . Boating materials,
supplies, and equipment are available here.
- Homers. Antique store on Newport Avenue.
- Karen’s Consignment Gallery. The place to go
for silver, crystal, china, oriental rugs and lamps, and has been
highly rated since opening day.
- Seabreeze Limited, 1254 Scott St, +1
619 223-8989, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM,
Su 10AM-4PM. A lot of boating products here, like navigational
charts, sailing guides, plotting tools, and nautical-themed books
- Newport Avenue Antiques. Well known amongst
antique collectors for the range of antique lighting and cigar and
- 3rd Corner, 2265 Bacon Street, +1 619
223-2700. Mediterranean fare and seafood.
- Bali Ha'i Restaurant, 2230 Shelter Island Dr,
+1 619 222-1181, .
- Boathouse Inc Restaurant, 2040 Harbor Island
Drive, +1 619 291-8011, .
- Hodads Restaurant, 5010 Newport Avenue, +1
619 224-4623. This restaurant is very popular, especially on
weekends; sometimes the line outside reaches the street corner;
their logo is a caricatured surfing burger with a caricature
Hispanic person riding on top. they also have a Hodads van parked
outside. It's a burger joint with fries and shirts and shoes are
not required. A pair of seats inside is shaped like a car, and you
sit in the driver seats. Their milkshakes are huge and should not
be ordered with a meal.
- Hudson Bay Seafood, 1403 Scott Street, +1
619 222-8787, . Daily 8AM-8PM
(extended hours on weekends and in summer). $7-$15.
- Humphreys by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island
Drive, +1 619 224-3577, .
- Kaiserhof, 2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, +1
- Miguel's Cocina Mexican Food, 2912 Shelter
Island Dr, +1 619 224-2401, .
M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 10AM-10PM.
- Nati's Mexican Restaurant, 1852 Bacon St,
+1 619 224-3369, . Nate's
has great food and a lovely patio seating area.
- Ocean Beach Pier Cafe, on the Ocean Beach
- Old Townhouse Restaurant, 4941 Newport Ave.,
+1 619 222-1880, . Daily
6AM-3PM. Family owned and operated for over 35 years; a local
favorite for breakfast. They will also serve you bottomless cups of
- Old Venice Italian Restaurant, 2910 Canon
Street, +1 619 222-5888, .
- Pizza Nova, 5050 N Harbor Drive, +1
619 226-0268, .
- Point Loma Beach Cafe, 1424 Sunset Cliffs
Blvd., +1 619 758-1776, . Great food, including
wraps, burritos, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.
- Point Loma Seafoods, 2805 Emerson St, +1
619 223-1109, . M-Sa
9AM-6:30PM, Su 11AM-6:30PM.
- Tom Ham's Lighthouse, 2150 Harbor Island Dr,
+1 619 291-9110, .
- Tower Two Beach Cafe 5083 Santa Monica Ave
(across from the Lifeguard Tower Two on Ocean Beach), +1
619 223-4059. This is a family-friendly atmosphere where
childless singles can enjoy a good time.
- Shades, 5083 Santa Monica Ave, +1 619
222-0501, . Daily 6:30AM-9PM
(10PM in the summer). Happy Hour from 4PM-6PM. Outdoor
porch, indoor seating and bar — windows overlook the pier and
sunsets over the ocean.
- AAA Bungalow Vacation Homes, +1 619
- Best Western Island Palms Hotel, 2051 Shelter
Island Dr, +1 619 222-0561, .
- Elsbree House Bed & Breakfast, 5054
Narragansett Ave, +1 619 226-4133, .
- Harbor Vacations Club (Shell Vacations Hospitality), 1880 Harbor Island
Drive, ☎ +1 619
. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout:
11:00am. These accommodations vary according to vessel.
Yachts have private staterooms, salons with television, DVD/VCR and
stereo, galley and dining area. Each villa is a floating home, with
bedrooms, showers, washer and dryers, galleys, TV, and
DVD/VCR. $209. edit
- Holiday Inn - Bayside, 4875 N. Harbor
Drive, ☎ +1 619 224-3621,
+1 800 662-8899, . Located near the San Diego International
- Hostelling International San Diego Point Loma,
3790 Udall St, +1 619 223-4778, . A
friendly and clean hostel, with dorm rooms at $17-19/night and
private rooms in the $40 range.
- Humphrey's Half Moon Inn, 2303 Shelter Island
Dr, +1 619 224-3411, . Located on Shelter
Island, this resort offers many activities including live concerts
- Ocean Beach Hotel, 5080 Newport Ave, ☎ +1 619 223-7191, . Located next to the beach in San Diego. Minutes
from Sea World, Downtown, and the Zoo. edit
- Ocean Beach International Hostel, 4961 Newport
Ave (In Ocean Beach), +1 619 223-7873. A popular
hostel with backpackers and budget travelers. There is a bus line
on Cable Street that makes it possible to reach the San Diego
- Quality Inn, 2901 Nimitz Blvd, ☎ +1 619 224-3655 (fax: +1 619 224-4025),
. 100 percent non-smoking hotel
one mile from the San Diego International Airport. Free airport
transportation is available. edit
- Sheraton San Diego Hotel, 1380 Harbor Island
Dr, +1 866 716-8130,
- Vagabond Inn Point Loma, 1325 Scott
St, ☎ +1 619 224-3371,
+1 800 522-1555, .
. Newly renovated rooms including suites
with kitchenettes. edit
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