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Point Loma Peninsula

Where inspiration sets sail

West of downtown San Diego, you'll find Point Loma, Harbor Island and Shelter Island, all of which offer great restaurants, activities, a variety of accommodations and stunning views of San Diego’s skyline.

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A neighborhood of dramatic contrasts

Point Loma

Point Loma is home to the Cabrillo National Monument commemorating the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who sailed his ship the San Salvador in to San Diego Bay in 1542, to become the first European to set foot in California. Contemplate his remarkable journey as you stand next to the statue of Cabrillo and enjoy sweeping views of the bay and downtown San Diego skyline.  Visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and discover some of the best tide pooling in San Diego, when low tide reveals flowery anemones, crabs, mollusks and a myriad of other sea creatures inhabiting the reef. Point Loma is also home to the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, a solemn memorial for those who have served our country and a tranquil setting for reflection.  Liberty Station in Point Loma is a waterfront urban village in the redeveloped Naval Training Center that includes hotels, restaurants, breweries, and the popular Liberty Public Market, offering stalls filled with prepared foods, beer, wine, pastries and crafts. More than 48 museums, galleries, artist and design studios, dance companies and other organizations showcase San Diego's creative community in Liberty Station. The center also features the Sail Ho Golf Course, a funky nine-hole course left over from the naval training facility.  If you're looking for great surf, Point Loma offers several quality surf breaks along the western edge but most are hard to access without a boat.  

Harbor Island

For a thin strip of land directly south of the airport, Harbor Island packs a lot into its two miles of real estate. Large hotels, marinas and several view-centric restaurants, including Island Prime, Costerra and Tom Ham's Lighthouse, call this island home. A shoreline path complete with a steady ocean breeze keeps walkers, joggers, skaters and bikers cool while they enjoy panoramic views of the San Diego skyline, Coronado Island and the Big Bay. Several grassy areas provide ample picnic spots. Harbor Island is also an ideal place to enjoy the city lights by night, firework shows on the 4th of July, the annual boat Parade of Lights in December and sailing races, such as the America's Cup, when they are taking place. 

Shelter Island

A nautical atmosphere prevails on Shelter Island, one of San Diego's principal boating centers, where marinas, resort hotels, restaurants and bayside parks welcome sailors and landlubbers with recreational amenities. Many short and long-range sportfishing trips depart from here, with anglers catching a host of Pacific fish like Yellowtail, Albacore, Halibut, Dorado, Calico Bass and a variety of rock fish. Shelter Island is also home to Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites, and their summer Concerts By The Bay, which attracts nationally known musicians and comedians. At the end of Shelter Island, you'll find the Yokohama Friendship Bell, a large bronze bell housed in a pagoda structure, that was a gift from the city of Yokohama, Japan in 1958 to commemorate the sister city relationship between San Diego and Yokohama.

Getting to Point Loma Peninsula

Point Loma Peninsula is bordered on the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, the east by the San Diego Bay and Old Town, and the north by the San Diego River. Together with the Silver Strand / Coronado peninsula, the Point Loma peninsula defines San Diego Bay and separates it from the Pacific Ocean.  The area sits adjacent to the airport for easy access within minutes. There is also access from both the I-5 and I-8 freeways and the area is well serviced by bus and hotel shuttles.

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Summer and Fall Blue Whale Watching in San Diego

Encounter the World's Largest Mammals Up Close with a whale watching excursion. 


Liberty Public Market

This don't miss public market offers food, beer, wine, arts, crafts and specialty shops in Point Loma.   


Explore Point Loma's Tide Pools


Explore Point Loma Peninsula's History

A starting point for discovering San Diego's remarkable history. 


Fall in San Diego


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2016

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.


Embarcadero, Skyline, USS Midway Cruise

Feb 22 - ongoing

Views of the Embarcadero, Maritime Museum Ships (Star of India, HMS Surprise, USS Dolphin sub, Russian B29 sub), USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, Seaport Village, view of Coronado Bridge, Downtown and U.S. nuclear carrier base dockage.


Chauffeured Distillery Tour

Oct 20, 2016 - ongoing

Taste San Diego's sensational spirits, crafted from grain to glass.Taste locally made whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, brandy; lunch; pint of beer, behind-the-scenes guided tours. Pick up & drop off included in Chauffeured Distillery Tour.


Malashock Signatures II

Nov 3 - Nov 13, 2016

Malashock brings iconic singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen's lyrical imagery to life in excerpts from SHADOW OF MERCY (2009) and presents a world-premiere of yKNOT, a new work exploring the attempt to maintain true humanness in a virtual world.


Sunset Cruise

Feb 22 - ongoing

Enjoy sunset views of San Diego Bay, downtown Embarcadero, Maritime Museum Ships, Sea birds and Marine Life.


36th International Exhibition

Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Attracting award-winning artists from many countries around the world, the 36th International Exhibition showcases the very best of watermedia art and provides inspiration to all art enthusiasts from students to serious collectors.


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Kids Eat Free at Humphreys Restaurant at Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

Humphreys Half Moon Inn
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

1 free Kid’s Meal per Adult Entrée purchased in Humphreys So Cal Dining & Music Valid for guests who stay and dine from 10/1-10/31/16; Valid 7 days a week; Valid for all meal periods; Kids must be 12 or under.


Buy 1 night, get one 50% off!

Days Inn & Suites - SeaWorld San Diego
Valid: Aug 17 - ongoing

Book now to get buy one night, get one half off.


Kids Eat Free at Bay Club Hotel & Marina

Bay Club Hotel & Marina
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

(1) free kids meal per each paid adult meal. Free meal applies to our Kids Menu, our regular restaurant menu does not apply. Beverages are not included but available for an extra charge.

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Explore Point Loma Peninsula's History

A starting point for discovering San Diego

Explore the Point Loma Peninsula, where there's history around every corner including the Cabrillo National Monument, sportfishing, Liberty Station and more.

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Blue Whale Watching in San Diego

Encounter the World's Largest Mammal Up Close

During the summer and fall, San Diego whale watching companies and charters invite visitors and locals to marvel at pods of migrating massive blue whales.


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