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San Diego GoCar Tour
"Venture into parts of San Diego that tour buses cannot go! Your self-drive tour by GoCar can take anywhere from one hour to a full day depending on which option you select on booking. Explore San Diego sights on your own schedule — just pick up a GoCar see what you want and bring the vehicle back when your time is up. Each 3-wheeled car seats two and has a lockable trunk for your belongings. The small size makes parking a breeze and in San Diego that's a major bonus. You can even squeeze the tiny vehicle into motorcycle parking. No experience is necessary and you will receive helmets and a briefing on how to operate the car before you head out.The talking GPS highlights specific locations throughout San Diego as you drive and provides clear directions and informative facts on notable sights. See the Itinerary below for suggested routes and time options available.Price is per person based on two passengers per car."
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San Diego Sunset Bay Cruise of Harbor Island
"This cruise leaves from Harbor Island and travels to the Navy Dolphin and Sea Lion training facility located at the end of the harbor. After viewing the training the cruise then proceeds down the bay the America's Cup Harbor and past Shelter Island to the end of Shelter Island where the cruise turns into beautiful La Playa for calm waters and an incredible sunset. The Kon Kai Resort and Marina will thrill you with its Mega-Yachts and beautifu San Diego's gateway to the Pacific Ocean. This cruise itinerary is very flexible and offers the ultimate in personal service and accommodation. After the sunset the cruise then returns to Harbor Island. All Cruises are in an all-electric boat with no exhaust fumes or engine noise. Passengers are encouraged to bring their beverages food and music. The cruise furnishes a refrigerator glasses
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San Diego Seal Tour
"This 90-minute fully-narrated journey departs from Seaport Village located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful Big Bay by land you will hear stories of early sailors as well as the history of the 14-mile long working bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego. Pass by San Diego International Airport dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then you will splash down into the San Diego Bay off Shelter Island where you begin the water-tour segment of the journey. As the seal travels through the north end of the Big Bay keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. The Big Bay provides views of Point Loma
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Point Loma Tips (19)

Point Loma - Fort Rosecrats national cemetary

I always do something to honor our vets on Veterans day. This year I went to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. There were no ceremonies or anything when I was there just families.

Fort Rosecrants is very pretty. It is on both sides of Catalina Blvd and one side looks over San Diego bay and the other the Pacific. It is 77.5 acres and has vets buried here from The Battle of San Pasqual (1846) to the present.

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tampa_shawn
Nov 11, 2013

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

We stopped by Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on our way to the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma. This military cemetery was established in 1882 and it covers nearly 80 acres on both sides of Catalina Boulevard. White tombstones seem to stretch as far as the eye can see, and with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the San Diego Bay on the other, it seems like a suitable place for the numerous sailors buried there to rest in peace.

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Jefie
Oct 31, 2013

A Day Trip To Point Loma!

Point Loma is often overlooked by visitors to San Diego. It is the peninsula at the northwest end of the San Diego bay.

Along this piece of land there are mostly residentual areas, but also there is the Cabrillo National Monument, marking the place Juan Rodrigues Cabrillo first landed and discovered what we know as San Diego. This National monument includes the original lighthouse--which didn't work wll because it was too high and our traditional "marine layer" obscurred it's light--here you'll find a film auditorium, a large Park Headquarters offering books, flags and many other souvenirs for purchase.

Outside, the Headquarters there is a broad viewing deck and not only can you see the lay of the bay and surrounding land, information boards which identify the different types of boats, and birds to be seen on the bay. One of these boards even gives names to all the hill and mountian peaks in view. There is an entrance fee which includes parking and can be used for the whole week.

Below the Monument on the west side of the peninsula, a road leads down to the present, working lighthouse and the fascinating tide pools. This is a great place to take kids in the summer--or even winter if you are brave--where they'd have a chance of finding sea life caught in the pools left during low tide.

For more information see my Cabrillo National Monument page.

Fort Rosecrans Cemetery is the Navy's western version of Arlington. I've never searched for famous names here--it is my dad, I go to visit--but the Cemetery is open to the public, it is a great place to meditate and the views are awesome. For more information see my Fort Rosecrans page.

Shelter Island is at the foot of Point Loma. It is very similar to Harbor Island, as it too was created as a tourist accommodation center, full of hotels and restaurants. The Island Prime, Humphreys, a couple of my favorite reasaurants can be found here. There are lots of others to choose from. I'll mention that on Shelter Island is a small fishing pier and a boat launch.

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lmkluque
Sep 20, 2011

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse #1

Point Loma Light House was
one of the original 8 West Coast
lighthouses built in 1855 ....

The light had only a short life because
the seemingly good location concealed
a serious flaw: fog and low clouds often
obscured the beam.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On March 23, 1891 the keeper extinguished the lamp for the last time.

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al_mary
Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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The Old Point Loma Lighthouse #2

Point Loma Light House was
one of the original 8 West Coast
lighthouses built in 1855 ....

The light had only a short life because
the seemingly good location concealed
a serious flaw: fog and low clouds often
obscured the beam.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On March 23, 1891 the keeper extinguished the lamp for the last time.

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al_mary
Apr 04, 2011

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse #3

Point Loma Light House was
one of the original 8 West Coast
lighthouses built in 1855 ....

The light had only a short life because
the seemingly good location concealed
a serious flaw: fog and low clouds often
obscured the beam.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

On March 23, 1891 the keeper extinguished the lamp for the last time.

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al_mary
Apr 04, 2011

Point Loma Tidepools

If visiting Cabrillo National Monument, don't forget to stop and visit the Tidepool area as well. On the western side of Point Loma lies a small rocky intertidal zone. During periods of low tide, pools form along this shore and you can see various creatures including anemones. We have never seen anything I guess because we don't come at the right times,but that is ok there are plenty of walking paths along the rocky ocean cliffs here and the sunsets are incredible.

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AVG2319
Nov 10, 2008

Point Loma Lighthouse

Point Loma separates San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean, so the views (on a clear day) are incredible from this vantage point. Point Loma was first discovered by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on September 28, 1542. The iconic San Diego Point Loma lighthouse was completed in 1854 and first lit on November 15,1855. The lighthouse was used until 1891. You can tour both the lighthouse and the assistant lighthouse keepers quarters.The lighthouse has several rooms to view and where you can try and imagine what it was like to live in and raise your children here at Point Loma as a lighthouse keeper.
There are several wide walking paths and as I said before on a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico, so the views are spectacular from above. The Point Loma lighthouse is within walking distance to the Cabrillo National Monument and a short drive to the Tidepools.

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AVG2319
Nov 10, 2008

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The Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Point Loma is an area which overlooks the main San Diego district. Located here is an historic lighthouse and a modern lighthouse. The area is taken care of by the National Parks Service which looks after the Cabrillo National Monument. There is a visitor center here as well as access to the old lighthouse. The walk down to the new lighthouse is also very pleasant.

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martystagram
Jul 25, 2006

Point Loma

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

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zazatann
Aug 28, 2005

Point Loma Lighthouse

If you have a couple of hours, take a ride to Point Loma. You will have a spectacular view of San Diego and can get a little history of the Point Loma Lighthouse. There is a small outbuilding that has recordings and historical information about the effect on the local military and townspeople when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

sunnytraveler
Mar 30, 2005

Shelter Island

Shelter Island is a small island just of point Loma on the bay side, it has a marina, numerous hotels and restaurants. Its includes this Chinese Bell and also great views across the bay to downtown San Diego

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Jim_Eliason
Jan 18, 2004

Things to Do Near Point Loma

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Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

This area has been a burial ground since before 1847. It became a post cemetery in the 1860s, and a national cemetery in 1934. Most of the people who fell at San Pasqual in 1846 and the victims on the...
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Cabrillo National Monument

Not know by many tourists, due to the unbelievable amount of things to see and do in San Diego, but it is awe inspiring to see the view from the old Point Loma Lighthouse parking area. The entire city...
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U.S.S. Midway

This is listed as one of the VERY Top things to do in town. On some lists it's #1. We were in town for 4 full days and this was the only thing he asked to do and he really enjoyed it. Personally I'm...
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Seaport Village

While walking by the water of the Seaport Village we came upon this man who was stacking rocks in interesting formations. He was happily going about the task and only required you throw a donation in...
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Whale Watching

San Diego is a good place to go whale watching. What you will see and how many whales will depend on the time of the year you visit. There are several options here. First you can sometimes see the...
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SeaWorld

Ok, I don't care what age you are, but Sea World has load to offer for all ages to enjoy. Animals shows, exhibits, and some actual hands on with some dolphins and sting rays. Its been a very long time...
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