Point Loma has long been known as a fishing community. Portuguese-American fisherman in particular made their mark here in the tuna industry. Today, a public walkway provides access to sports fishing landings, marinas, boat yards, shops, and restaurants located along the bay at America’s Cup Harbor. You get to see a different side of San Diego.
To experience this view of Point Loma, park in the lot off N. Harbor Drive. There are a number of restaurants with views of the bay (our kids like Pizza Nova). If fresh seafood is more your style, head to Point Loma Seafoods. A bowl of clam chowder hits the spot for casual comfort food by the sea.
Continue enjoying the outdoors by driving a short distance away to Shelter Island. Shelter Island has a small but scenic sandy beach with fire pits and a great view of the San Diego skyline. Kayak fisherman often use the beach here to cast off. As you go further down the path you’ll come upon a fishing pier, a playground, picnic table spots, and a public dock that you can walk out on.
A lesser-known public pathway provides access to several marinas located on the backside of hotels that line Shelter Island Drive. We love walking here at sunset.
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