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Guide to Point Loma

San Diego, otherwise known as ‘America’s finest city’, is nestled in the southwest corner of the United States. A small city set amidst a sprawling county, San Diego welcomes surfers and beachgoers, golfers and conference guests, Comic Con fans and those in search of vitamin D year ‘round. Comprised of many diverse neighborhoods, San Diego offers places to visit, adventures to try and nature to enjoy. Point Loma, a small community just shy of the downtown area, has all of that and more.

Located only two miles from San Diego International Airport and five miles from Balboa Park and all its glory, Point Loma is a seaside community within the city of San Diego. Filled with historic landmarks, trendy boutiques and seafood shops galore, this coastal area welcomes all who enter. Point Loma is a community of locals and coastal fans. With no lifeguards, swimming or sandy beaches, visitors spend their time taking in the history at San Diego’s National Park, watching the swells at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and tasting the treats of Liberty Public Market.

Point Loma, the site where Europeans first set foot on the western coast of the US, is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, Old Town on the east and San Diego Bay and the San Diego River on the northern border. With hilly topography, significant history and scenic vistas, Point Loma invites visitors to play in the waves, enjoy incredible seafood, commune with nature and take in the education of Cabrillo National Park. Split into five districts – beautiful homes of La Playa, Midway/Sports Arena area, Sunset Cliffs, harbor side and the waterfront urban area by Liberty Station – Point Loma is a perfect blend of both natural and man made elements.

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Between the natural and the man made, Point Loma is filled with things to do and see. Honor the fallen at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, check out the waves and the nightly evening sunset spectacle at Sunset Cliffs or get your history and nature-loving groove on at Cabrillo National Park.

  • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
  • Sunset Cliffs Natural Park (great surfing & picnic spot)
  • Cabrillo (national park, monument, tidepools, 150-year-old lighthouse, working marina)
  • Cabrillo National Monument – In tribute and honor of the explorations of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, his statue atop the hill in one of the country’s smallest national parks overlooks the bay and the ocean.

Shopping Pavilion and Community

Liberty Station is the original spot for the San Diego Naval Training Center. Today, you’ll find green spaces, houses, shopping, supermarkets, restaurants, workout spaces, schools, breweries and a fantastic public market hall. Stop by for dinner and grab your fill of empanadas, lobster rolls and fresh made everything!

  • Liberty Station, at the sight of the former Naval Training Center, today thrives with an arts district and shops.
  • SeeSaw: Educational play & imagination toys
  • Kobey’s Swap Meet (outdoor weekend market)
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Activities & Entertainment

San Diego’s laidback lifestyle is contagious. Point Loma showcases this outdoor and energetic vibe with ease. Get your yoga on with mats, straps and hammocks, take in the music of Humphrey’s or grab your friends and family and head out for a summer evening at an outdoor movie extravaganza.

  • Elka (wellness and yoga studio)
  • The House of Yogi
  • Humphrey’s Back Stage Music Club
  • The Pearl Hotel (summer movies)
  • Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (summer movies)
  • Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay (waterfront entertainment)


San Diego does seafood! But of course, if fish tacos aren’t your thing, there are heaps of other cuisines to enjoy. Grab some of the best barbecue around at Phil’s. Have dinner with a view at C Level or get your sugar rush on for some out-of-this-world desserts at Treet. If you’re not sure what you fancy, give the public market at Liberty Station a shot and wander the aisles for a taste of the entire world.

  • Point Loma Seafood
  • Northside Shack
  • Brigantine (seafood)
  • Bo-Beau Kitchen and Bar
  • Con Pane Rustic Breads & Café
  • Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
  • Phil’s BBQ
  • Slater’s 50/50
  • Modern Times Beer
  • Coffee Hub & Café
  • C Level
  • Sushi Lounge
  • Bali Hai
  • The Wine Pub
  • Treet (desserts)
  • Liberty Station Public Market

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