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San Diego


California

Point Loma

Extending south into the Pacific Ocean and curving along San Diego Bay is Point Loma peninsula, the land first discovered by Potuguese explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo while sailing for Spain in 1542. Atop Point Loma stand the Cabrillo National Monument and Old Point Loma Ligthouse, both offering impressive, panoramic views of San Diego Bay, Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Coronado, the Embarcadero and downtown San Diego.

The monument’s visitor center provides an excellent museum, bookstore and gift shop and a film recounting Cabrillo’s voyage.
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was used to guide ships to San Diego Bay between 1855-1891. Today you can visit the lower rooms of the lighthouse that re-create a lighthouse keeper’s quarters.

From the top of Point Loma between December and March, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of more than 15,000 California gray whales migrating south to warmer waters off Baja California. At the tip of the peninsula along the water’s edge are tide pools to discover and explore throughout the year.
Point Loma is home to many quaint and moderately priced hotel properties located within minutes to downtown San Diego, Sea World and Old Town State Historic Park. The area also offers popular restaurants and local shopping

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