Point Loma is a hilly peninsula in San Diego, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Old Town. Home to a variety of outdoor attractions, including tide pools, outdoor concerts and Cabrillo National Monument, it’s a great San Diego neighborhood to start a family in. Like many other areas of San Diego, there’s plenty going on every day to keep you busy, while allowing for relaxation and sunshine.
Point Loma boasts a variety of especially interesting places to explore, starting with the Point Loma Formation, called Sunset Cliffs by locals. These cliffs, which make the perfect path for a stroll, are ideal for a morning jog or sunset picnic. You can even look for dinosaur fossils, impressed into the stone during the Late Cretaceous period.
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If you want to take in even more history, you head to Cabrillo National Monument, which can be found at the southern most tip of the Point Loma peninsula. Here you can go into the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, which is now a museum, or sit back and take in the expansive views of Tijuana, Coronado Island and the Naval Air Station North Island. Kids will love seeing the larger-than-life military ships docked at the station across the way.
Despite it’s history, Point Loma is constantly evolving and growing. Liberty Station, one of the newest commercial and retail spaces in this area, will be your home base for dozens of activities. This site is a former Naval Training Center, giving it a unique look and feel.
Since being retired as a training center, it’s become a hot spot for events, restaurants and small local businesses. You can go on any day to shop at small art boutiques, workout at Point Loma Sports Club, or head to the Liberty Station Public Market.
Liberty Public Market, one of the newest additions to the site, is a perfect spot for lunch or dinner. Inside, you’ll find dozens of local restaurants set up as food stands. You can order inside, and even head to the bar to grab a drink, and then take your meal outside to eat in the family-friendly picnic area.
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With string lights hanging above you, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic night out as well. Don’t miss the Stone Brewery tasting room and restaurant here, which has a large outdoor area, bocce ball court and summer movie nights.
That’s not all: Liberty Station is home to a variety of annual events, including the bi-annual San Diego Brew Fest, USA Half Marathon Invitational, Holiday Block Party, Artwalk and more. There are many summer and winter camps that kids can attend here as well.
In between trips to Liberty Station, you can head to the Midway area where you’ll find all the major stores, like Staples, Target, and Home Depot, in addition to a variety of restaurants, bars and grocery stores. You’ll also come here for large shows and concerts at Valley View Casino, which is not actually a casino, just a venue. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a show at Soma, an old movie theater converted into a standing-only concert hall.
On sunny Saturdays you can head over to Shelter Island, which is connected to Point Loma by a causeway. This island is home to the Silvergate Yacht Club, which is known as a destination for super yachts, thanks to an unusually deep harbor. Take in the sites of these massive boats every September during YachtFest, where you can also watch mock gun battles between replica 19th century ships.
In the summer, you won’t want to miss the many musical artists and comedians that perform at the outdoor concert venue on Shelter Island or the many events that happen year ‘round. Head over on the Fourth of July to view San Diego’s fireworks show, and in December for the city’s annual Parade of Lights, where boats decorated with holiday lights drive through the bay for a water parade to remember.
With so much happening in this seaside neighborhood, there are more than enough reasons to settle down here. When you finish unpacking, don’t forget to take in views of the Pacific at Sunset Cliffs, enjoy live music at Shelter Island, and catch a little history at Cabrillo National Monument.
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