POINT LOMA & OCEAN BEACH
Ringed by the San Diego and Mission Bays, Point Loma is a four-mile peninsula, much of it military-owned. But its remainder boasts an eclectic assortment of businesses, attractions like Sunset Cliffs and Sea World, and residences ranging from modest condos to mansions.
The San Diego Sports Arena hosts a variety of sporting events as well as the city’s largest weekend swap meet, a veritable carnival of discount delights. Adjacent to Point Loma’s main bulk are Shelter Island, home of the Yacht Club and seafood restaurants attached by a causeway, and Ocean Beach, a exuberant surfer neighborhood saturated in funky character.
Marine attractions like sailing and swimming are also popular draws, and lucky visitors often spot migrating grey whales moving through Point Loma waters.
Point Loma and Ocean Beach are some of the oldest communities in San Diego, and certainly one of the finest! Located on a peninsula surrounded by the ocean on one side and beautiful San Diego Bay on the other, Point Loma ‘s prestigious neighborhoods boast incredible skyline and water views. There are several interesting and fascinating sites in Point Loma including the Point Loma Light House on the very tip of the point. Point Loma is also home to the harbor and Shelter Island where there are many fabulous seafood restaurants along the water.
Ocean Beach is a small beach community on the ocean side of the peninsula. OB is about as unpretentious as San Diego beach living gets. Sunny days are punctuated with the occasional jet roaring overhead, the barking of happy dogs playing on Dog Beach, waves pounding the coastline of Sunset Cliffs. It’s a place where Halloween and New Year’s Eve are high holy days, and the O.B. Chili Cook Off, the Christmas Parade, and the 4th of July fireworks show are annual traditions. In many ways, it’s kind of a quiet sleepy place that time forgot.