Ocean Beach and Point Loma are neighboring communities each with its own unique character and style. Ocean Beach was once dubbed “Mussel Beach” for the mussel beds along the shoreline. Point Loma put San Diego on the map, when the Spanish explorer Cabrillo arrived here in 1542.
History: Point Loma was founded by the Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 when he sailed to the San Diego Bay and anchored off Ballast Point (yes, named now by the famous Craft Beer Co.) The Navy built a coaling stating in 1901, about the same time Katherine Tingley established her Lomaland headquarters which is now the Point Loma Nazarene University. Ocean Beach first came to public attention in the real estate boom of 1887. Next came Wonderland,, the 1913-1916 amusement park at Votaire & Abbott streets. The 1960s brought the counterculture followed by resistance to chain stores and condos. Things that still exist today.
Things to Do: the 1,971 foot Ocean Beach Pier is the longest concrete pier in the west coast. Run your dog off-leash at Dog beach or check out the local favorite, Hodad’s, and grab a burger. Newport Ave is the community’s main street and great for strolling and checking out local shops. In Point Loma, visit the National Cabrillo Monument. You will be able to see the tide pools and even catch the gray whale migration. For shopping and activities, visit the reconverted Naval training center, now called Liberty Station. The Liberty Public Market is a food hall and local vendor hot spot.