Life in San Diego: Point Loma

Mar 16, 2022 - Kylie Alonso

With views of downtown on one side and the Pacific Ocean on another, Point Loma is one of San Diego’s most scenic communities. The peninsula is home to a naval base, national monument, university, former naval training center, natural park, and a waterfront marina. It truly has it all! 

Whether nestled in quaint neighborhoods or beautifully perched on the rugged ocean bluffs, Point Loma homes are the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. Allow us to take you through some of Point Loma’s best stops to dine, shop, and explore like a true local.

Whet your palate

Start your day with delicious açaí—or pitaya, if that’s more your style—from Northside Shack, topped with every kind of fruit imaginable. Need a little caffeine instead? Try a salted caramel latte from Moniker Coffee in Liberty Station. Trust us, you won’t regret it. 

Can’t agree on a place for lunch? Liberty Public Market has something for everyone. Burgers? Check. Tacos? Check. Thai? Check. Italian? Check. Allow the yummy food to settle while you kick back, relax, and enjoy a movie at Liberty’s luxury cinema, THE LOT

Taking advantage of its proximity to the Pacific, Point Loma is famously known for its amazing seafood restaurants—and residents are divided on the superior spot. Located right next to each other on the marina are Point Loma Seafoods and Mitch’s… but which is better? You’ll have to decide for yourself! 

To satisfy your sweet tooth, head over to Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream on Sports Arena Blvd. This locally owned ice cream shop offers a rotating selection of 32 ice creams and sorbets. Flavors include chocolate coconut macadamia nut, peanut butter and guava jelly, and Kona coffee with fresh ground coffee. Hammond’s has locations in North Park and Point Loma.

Live like a Point Loma local

Check out the aesthetic gift shop Pigment in Liberty Station for some unique finds for yourself or your loved ones. The plants, vibrant colors and fun music create an ambience that will bring your creative side to life. Support a local small business called Rare Bloom Boutique where you’ll browse pieces that reflect the style of a true San Diego local. If you’re more interested in browsing for books, stop by La Playa Books where you’ll be met with vintage décor and kind staff. 

If you’re feeling active, Sunset Cliffs is calling your name. Walk, bike, run, surf, or even take a yoga class along the natural park, a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike. At low tide, climb down to explore hidden caves, where you’ll be able to snap photos that will leave your Instagram followers booking flights to join you. Home to one of the best surf breaks in San Diego, Sunset Cliffs is the perfect place to paddle out. 

Find San Diego’s best views 

For some family-friendly fun, visit the Cabrillo National Monument, which sits at the end of the peninsula. Explore some of the best tide pools in San Diego, where you’ll find starfish, crabs, sea urchins, and more. The best time to visit is in the fall and winter months, when low tide falls during daylight hours. You’ll also have a chance to learn more about the history of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, where you’ll enjoy amazing views of downtown and Coronado Island. If you’re lucky, you may even get to go inside!  

The day doesn’t have to end after you watch the gleaming sun set over the horizon. Grab some chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers and head to Shelter Island for a beach bonfire. Listen to the sounds of the crackling fire while you gaze across the harbor at the panoramic city skyline. Whether you’re staying at the hotel or not, end the day with a concert at Humphrey’s by the Bay, also located on Shelter Island (check the schedule to see when your favorite artists are performing). 

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