Point Loma, San Diego
Point Loma provides an incredible view out over San Diego and the Pacific Ocean. This is the place where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first landed on the west coast of the United States in 1542. The history of his incredible "Voyage of Discovery" is told through a variety of displays and exhibits at the Cabrillo National Monument. A large statue dedicated to Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo gazes out over the land he discovered.
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Cabrillo National Monument
The best way to get to the Cabrillo National Monument - situated right at the end of Point Loma, 10mi/16km from San Diego - is to go via North Harbor to Rosecrans Street, then turn into Cannon Street, Catalina Boulevard and Cabrillo Memorial Drive.When visibility is good, the National Monument provides a panoramic view as far as La Jolla to the north, the Pacific to the west, Mexico to the south and San Diego County to the east. From mid-December to mid-February it is also a good point from which to observe the whales on their migration south.A brief visit to the well-equipped Visitor Center with its little museum will provide by means of brochures and a slide-show information about the origins of the National Monument and the history of the discovery of California. Not far away stands the Cabrillo Monument, erected by a compatriot of Cabrillo, the Portuguese Alvaro de Bree.
Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106-3601, United States
Opening hours: 9am-4:45pm
Entrance fee in USD: Vehicle plus all occupants $5.00, Adult $3.00, Child 17 & under FREE
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
A short walk takes you to the old lighthouse which was in use from 1855 to 1891. It was then replaced by a new lighthouse with stronger lights, which still serves shipping to this day. The old lighthouse has meanwhile been restored. Numerous footpaths lead down to the shore of the peninsula. On the Bayside Trail and Sylvester Road you will find a strange mixture of desert and coastal vegetation. All the animals and plants are protected species.
Belmont Park is a San Diego institution. Located in Mission, the park has been in its present location for over 85 years. This amusement park features rides of all kinds, midway games, miniature golf, mirror maze, laser maze, an arcade, a coconut climb, and a Sky Ropes adventure. The park is especially famous for its wooden roller coaster known as the Giant Dipper.Be sure to bring your bathing suit when you visit. Belmont Park has two water attractions; a giant pool kept at a very pleasant 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) and the Wave House. The Wave House contains two exciting machines called the Flow Rider and the Flow Barrel which allow you to experience what it's like to surf or boogie board a real ocean wave. If you find yourself hungry from all the activity at the park, beachfront restaurants and a food court provide tasty fare.
San Diego Yacht Club
In 1886, a group of local boating enthusiasts joined together to found the San Diego Yacht Club. It has been at its present location on Point Loma since 1924. The 576 boat slips, dry storage, tennis courts, swimming pool, picnic areas, and full service dining room operate year round at the San Diego Yacht Club!
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum
The MCRD Command Museum in San Diego has an extensive collection in 15 galleries highlighting the development of the Marine Corps since 1846. Exhibits include medals and decorations, Navajo Code Talker displays, weapons, and the Hall of Heroes.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
Sunset Cliffs is a 68-acre park that stretches along the Pacific Ocean offering panoramic ocean views. The park borders the western edge of Point Loma with carved coastal bluffs, arches and sea caves.
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