Living in Point Loma, you can expect to be bombarded with beautiful and majestic views in every direction. From its location on a hilly peninsula, Point Loma looks out on the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Diego Bay and the downtown district to the east, and the Coronado Islands of Mexico to the south. In addition to breathtaking scenery, Point Loma residents enjoy mild Mediterranean weather all year round.
Point Loma is often referred to as where California began. The first European expedition (in the region that would become California) made Point Loma their landing site in 1542. In addition to its historical significance, Point Loma is home to a national cemetery, two major military bases, and the Cabrillo National Monument.
Real estate in Point Loma is dominated by single-family residences. Within Point Loma are various enclaves. The most exclusive homes and estates (some of which come with their own private piers) are found in the bayside residential area of La Playa. There are also some residential developments found in Point Loma’s Midway district. Other neighborhoods include Point Loma Heights and Sunset Cliffs, each with their own housing options.
Cabrillo National Monument is a definite must-see. It is home to Point Loma’s best known landmark: the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. This well-known Point Loma attraction was built in the 1850s and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Cabrillo National Monument is also home to remains of bunkers used in the Second World War, and the two-mile Bayside Trail.
Point Loma is a natural wonder. A visit to Sunset Cliffs is a must. Dinosaur bones and late Cretaceous fossils have been found in the sandstone in the area. Another great natural wonder, gray whales, can be spotted from the cliffs during winter.
Point Loma doesn’t have beaches and swimming is not advisable, but it sure does offer great surf breaks. A trip to the Balanced Rocks to check out Point Loma’s network of tidal pools is thrilling. With its thriving ecosystem, a variety of flora and fauna are abundant in Point Loma. In its tidal pools alone, creatures such as pink bat stars, anemones, hermit crabs, and owl limpets can be spotted during the low tide. Another enchanting natural feature is Point Loma’s Kelp Forest.