Follow the road till it ends at a San Diego landmark. Then relax and enjoy the views
San Diego may dead-end at Point Loma, but the views from Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of this peninsula go on forever. Along the monument’s east side, you get a sweeping view of the city and San Diego Bay, where Navy jets surge into the sky and cruisers churn toward port.
But along the other side, it is untamed: Pelicans and red-tailed hawks glide over sandstone cliffs and topsoil eroded into formations reminiscent of organ pipes. Surfers work a break just offshore, kicking out from waves that foam and spray onto ledges of tidepools.
For all this land’s-end grandeur, you are just a few minutes from the La Playa district, a harborside hub for Point Loma residents and boaters, and Liberty Station, an emerging city (and formerly a Naval Training Center) within a city.
Point Loma is south of I-8 and west of I-5 northwest of downtown San Diego. Rosecrans St. (which exits off I-8 westbound and I-5 southbound) is the main commercial street in the area. For more information on Point Loma, contact the (619/236-1212).
Check out its historic lighthouse, then hike down toward the bay on the east side or walk along the cliffs and tidepools of its wild western shore. INFO: $5 per vehicle; at end of Catalina Blvd. (at Cabrillo Memorial Dr. and State 209); 619/557-5450.
Take in a Sea Lions game and the ocean panorama at what has been dubbed “America’s most scenic ballpark.” INFO: 3900 Lomaland Dr.; 619/849-2265.
Point Loma Seafoods Fish tacos and bayside breezes are an unbeatable combination at the fish-market restaurant. INFO: $$; 2805 Emerson St.; 619/223-1109.
Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe Stop in for pastries (try the chocolate brioche twists) or pick up sandwiches on artisanal breads for a picnic at the monument. INFO: $; closed Wed; 1110 Rosecrans St.; 619/224-4344.
Point Loma Books A well-organized collection, including a large selection of titles on Hawaii and the West, makes this one of the last of San Diego’s classic used bookstores. INFO: Closed Sun-Mon; 1026 Rosecrans; 619/226-2601.
On your way to Cabrillo National Monument, explore (along Rosecrans St. between Lytton St. and Laning Rd.). The decommissioned station is being transformed into a residential community, an arts destination, a retail center, and more. One of San Diego’s top wine merchants, Wine Steals ( $$; 2970 Truxtun Rd.; 619/221-1959) is now open at Liberty Station, and a glass of Syrah in its rustic main room is an ideal close to your Point Loma day.