San Diego/Point Loma-Ocean Beach

Sitting at the mouth of San Diego Bay on a peninsula west of the city's airport, Point Loma offers a pleasant diversion from the city's busy tourist-filled neighborhoods and beaches, with lovely scenery and the historic attractions of Cabrillo National Monument overlooking the area's spectacular coastline. Nearby sits laid-back Ocean Beach, a small, relaxed beach town without all of the usual bells and whistles typical of the popular beach neighborhoods just to the north.

27 things to do

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Sunset Cliffs

A lovely setting, Sunset Cliffs is an excellent place for sightseeing, picnics, watching sunsets (as the name suggests) or just driving along the rim of the beautiful cliffs along Sunset Cliffs Blvd. There is also a rather secluded beach there, but it's swim at your own risk. It is quite popular with the more adventurous and seasoned surfer as the surf is rather rough for the area. Be warned, however, that there are no lifeguards at this secluded beach and it is only accessible by scaling a gently eroding (but long-standing) cliff face. Local surfers have been kind enough to provide a rope that aids in 'safely' repelling down the cliff face. Some upper body strength is required to return to the top.

Hodads Restaurant

This restaurant is very popular, especially on weekends; sometimes the line outside reaches the street corner; their logo is a caricatured surfing burger with a caricature Hispanic person riding on top. they also have a Hodads van parked outside. It's a burger joint with fries and shirts and shoes are not required. A pair of seats inside is shaped like a car, and you sit in the driver seats. Their milkshakes are huge and should not be ordered with a meal.

Fort Rosecrans

A former WWII military outpost, situated on Point Loma to protect the Naval Base on Coronado from attack by sea. The fort contains bunkers, weapons emplacements and the '''[ Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery]''', which holds a number of monuments including the USS Bennington Monument. An exhibit in Cabrillo National Monument displays some of the history of Fort Rosecrans.

Shelter Island Boat Launching Ramp

Provides the closest access to the Pacific Ocean (approximately 3 miles away) of the four boat launch ramps on San Diego Bay. Restrooms and a large parking lot are immediately available. For visiting fishermen, the bait receivers, where anchovies and sardines can be purchased, are located on the right side of the channel as you exit the harbor. The bait barges are open 24 hours per day.

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Humphreys Concerts By the Bay

A concert series held every May through October, showcasing some famous entertainers (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jewel, The Moody Blues, Bonnie Raitt) at Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & Suites. A wide variety of styles, from rock and jazz to comedy, blues and international music. Humphreys Restaurant also has live blues/jazz/disco/classic rock music every night in its lounge.

Ocean Beach Municipal Pier

Extends out over the waves and offers great views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean and coast. A tackle shop, located in the middle of the pier, provides bait and supplies for the many fishing enthusiasts who frequent the area. This is one of the few places that visitors can fish without a California fishing license. Pole rentals are available at the bait shop as well.

Ranchos Natural Foods

Creative Mexican food with an eye towards organic and healthy options. Many vegetarian and vegan options, though the extensivity of the menu caters to every meat-lover's Mexican food dreams. Ample portions, casual service, smoothies and juices and organic salad bar available. Popular, but large enough to handle its crowds except at prime weekend times.

Sessions Public

Exceptional gastro pub with excellent food and a unique beer selection. The rib-eye steak fries are excellent. 16 great beers on tap including Belgians, local San Diego craft beers and other worthy selections. They will typically have a cask night each week, check out their website. Happy Hour from 4PM-6:19PM.

DRINK   —  +1 619 756-7715 —  4204 Voltaire St


Nightly bands & dancing, karoke & Monday night football. Watch the lines on the weekend as this place is packed with live bands, even during the daytime on summer Sundays.

DRINK   —  +1 619 222-6822 —  1921 Bacon St

Ocean Beach

A large sandy beach, which cater to just about every beach-going type, offering designated surfing and swimming zones, which are monitored by the local life guards.

Ocean Beach International Hostel

A popular hostel with backpackers and budget travelers. There is a bus line on Cable Street that makes it possible to reach the airport.

SLEEP   —  +1 619 223-7873 —  4961 Newport Ave

Dog Beach

At the northern end of Ocean Beach, dog lovers can bring their pets along for a romp in the waves or a swim in the flood channel.

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Old Townhouse Restaurant

Family owned and operated for over 35 years; a local favorite for breakfast. They will also serve you bottomless cups of coffee.

Seabreeze Nautical Books

A lot of boating products here, like navigational charts, sailing guides, plotting tools, and nautical-themed books and gifts.

BUY   —  +1 619 223-8989 —  1254 Scott St


Happy Hour from 4PM-6PM. Outdoor porch, indoor seating and bar — windows overlook the pier and sunsets over the ocean.

Quality Inn

100 percent non-smoking hotel one mile from the San Diego International Airport. Free airport transportation is available.

SLEEP   —  +1 619 224-3655 —  2901 Nimitz Blvd

Humphrey's Half Moon Inn

Located on Shelter Island, this resort offers many activities including [ live concerts].

Karen’s Consignment Gallery

The place to go for silver, crystal, china, oriental rugs and lamps, and has been highly rated since opening day.

Newport Avenue Antiques

Well known amongst antique collectors for the range of antique lighting and cigar and smoking accessories.

Hostelling International San Diego Point Loma

A friendly and clean hostel, with dorm rooms at $25-45/night and private rooms in the $48-105 range.

SLEEP   —  +1 619 223-4778 —  3790 Udall St

Tower Two Cafe

This is a family-friendly atmosphere where childless singles can enjoy a good time.

Downwind Marine

Boating materials, supplies, and equipment are available here.

BUY   —  +1 619 224-2733 —  2804 Canon St

Nati's Mexican Restaurant

Great food and a lovely patio seating area.

EAT   —  +1 619 224-3369 —  1852 Bacon St

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