Point Loma

One of San Diego's most iconic and historic communities.

To the west of downtown San Diego is the peninsula of Point Loma, bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by San Diego Bay. Point Loma is historically important as the landing place of the first European expedition to come ashore in present-day California and today the peninsula is home to two major military bases, a national cemetery, a national monument, and a university, in addition to residential and commercial areas. The most well known landmark in Point Loma is the Old Point Loma lighthouse , an icon occasionally used to represent the entire city of San Diego.

There are several distinct areas of Point Loma. The bayside residential area called La Playa, lies somewhat north of the original La Playa, the beach where commercial and military ships anchored during the early days of the city. La Playa includes some of the most expensive homes in San Diego. Some bay front homes have private piers for small boats. The hills above La Playa are known as the Wooded Area, so named because of the legion of mature trees surrounding the neighborhood. Sunset Cliffs is on the west side of the Point, above ocean bluffs, and is known for its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

Marine activities dominate life on the peninsula; where there are three yacht clubs, including the San Diego Yacht Club, home to the America's Cup from 1988-1995. Many short and long-range sport fishing trips depart from the Shelter Island area of the Point, catching a host of Pacific fish like Yellowtail, Albacore, Halibut, Dorado, Calico Bass and a variety of rockfish. Departing from one of the many marinas and heading west to the sea to sail or fish, or cruising the bay to sightsee the city skyline, the Coronado bridge and Coronado Island, are pastimes enjoyed by many Point Loma residents. 

Tourists and locals alike visit the Sunset Cliffs on the western side of the peninsula for quality surf breaks as well as amazing views of the ocean and sunset.

About the Neighborhood

Car is needed
It's walkable to restaurant
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
Beach life
Walking / Hiking trails
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