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Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego

(4.8/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Built in 1855, Old Point Loma Lighthouse once helped boats safely navigate San Diego Bay, but now serves as a maritime museum and a lookout point with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The museum details its past watch duties, as well as what life was like for the operator and the families who lived there. You can even meet "Captain Israel," the famous character who worked as lighthouse keeper for 21 years. Stroll the grounds, admire the view, or climb down to the shore below and try your hand at tide pooling. There are many great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera. The area is frequented by patches of heavy fog, so check the weather before visiting. Make Old Point Loma Lighthouse a centerpiece of your San Diego vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Diego trip itinerary builder.
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  • We loved every aspect of this monument. The history, the view, the architecture! I learned a lot about lighthouses in general as well as the local history. 
  • It will be because I like lighthouses, but this place is interesting to visit not only why, but because from this location you can see very nice views of Coronado Island. On a brief visit, you can learn interesting things of its construction and different periods of operation.
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  • Beautiful place, inside a military zone and defined national park, where you can visit an old lighthouse, to understand the working and living conditions, and to admire beautiful landscapes.
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  • Extremely scenic attraction with an interesting history to boot. The park and light house are definitely worth the drive from San Diego. I recommend walking around a bit and also heading down to the tide pools, even if the tide is in.
  • Stunning location. Part of the Cabrillo National Park, the vista overlooking the bay (and into Mexico) is amazing. This place gets very crowded so try to get there early. The lighthouse is not the only point of interest, you must go check out the beaches as well. All in all, good hiking and good history.
  • It's incredible how the living was in that years and how the lighthouse worked. This place has a particular Old smell with a lot of antiques that brings you to the past.
  • Breathtaking view! Lots of history too :)
  • Just awesome and must visit