Old Point Loma Lighthouse
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GitchSup
Duluth, MN1,465 contributions
Apr 2022
My husband and I love lighthouses so they are always on our must-see list. This one is small but worthwhile to visit. You can see the grounds and learn about how water was collected and stored on the island as well as go into the little keeper's house and the lighthouse itself. The whole park is full of information and history, as well as some of the best views and a lot of birds. The lighthouse is part of the National Park so there is a fee to enter unless you have one of the National Park passes.
Written May 28, 2022
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volcanogirl
Texas13,613 contributions
Sep 2021
We enjoyed our visit to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Built in the 1850s, it's an interesting piece of history that you can tour. They have the original lighthouse lens weighing in at nearly 2,000 pounds on display. We were able to tour the lighthouse and climb all the winding steps. Rooms are historically decorated so you can see how the lighthouse keeper and his family once lived here. The lighthouse ended up being replaced because this one was built in the wrong place and was difficult to see. The views from this area are fantastic and worth seeing. We tried to visit the tide pools, but they said it was the wrong time of year to see them since the tides were too high. We paid $20 for our vehicle to enter, and you pass a pretty military cemetery on the drive up. Our pass was good for multiple days which worked out great because we ran out of time the first day and came back again the next. Highly recommend for anyone interested in history or someone who just enjoys gorgeous views.
Written September 27, 2021
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,688 contributions
Dec 2019
Set in Cabrillo National Park this house museum gives visitors a taste of what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper with a family in the early 20th century. Within this park, there's a visitor's center with a book/gift shop, amazing views of the Pacific, trails that go down to and along the coast as well as tidepools. Parking is plentiful and free after paid admission.
Written January 10, 2020
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BuffnMorgan
Fort Morgan, CO17 contributions
Feb 2020
The lighthouse is part of the National Monument so there is a fee involved. The parking is limited at the light house but it is a short walk from the visitors center parking lot. You can't go up in the tower but there are great views of the bay and the new light house and ocean. With a pair of binoculars you can watch for whales.
Written March 9, 2020
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Donna1118
Eden Prairie, MN7 contributions
Feb 2020
Point Loma was beautiful and the old lighthouse was very interesting. We explored in the lighthouse itself and walked on the paths surrounding. The views were outstanding....San Diego Bay and the city on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Very worthwhile visit.
Written March 5, 2020
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SanDiegoFoodCzar
San Diego, CA24 contributions
Sep 2021
Honestly, A little boring. 15 minutes is plenty of time to see the whole thing. The top of the lighthouse was locked off and would have added another star to this review. Luckily there is a lot of things to do and amazing views all around the lighthouse.
Written September 27, 2021
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lifeisanadventureboo
Roseville, CA35 contributions
Jul 2022
Ooops! Wrong lighthouse! While in Point Loma, we couldn't help but be drawn to this beauty adorning the high hillside. While it was not the lighthouse in Top Gun, it was still worthwhile. And the lighthouse that was in Top Gun can be seen from here.
Written August 6, 2022
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Bidule05
France1,402 contributions
Sep 2020
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is located in the southern tip of Point Loma. It’s the sentinel of San Diego bay!
We learnt that the old lighthouse:
- is as high as 422 feet above sea level!
- - was built in 1855 and in 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse.
We were amazed by the wonderful panoramic viewpoints on downtown San Diego, Coronado, Pacific ocean and on the Mexican mountains of Tijuana!!! Unfortunately, we did not have time enough to go to the Point Loma Tide Pools and walk along the adjacent bluffs.
Written April 27, 2021
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Suze D
Leesburg, VA4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The lighthouse is on grounds of Cabrillo National Monument surrounded by views of the bay and ocean with trails nearby.

Lighthouse tower only accessible three times per year, but there is an interesting history exhibit. No extra charge.
Written January 11, 2020
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Karen C
St. John's, Canada3,130 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a beautiful lighthouse! It is open to the public although the tower was closed. But you could walk up the steps as far as the tower. There are reconstructed bedrooms and living areas in the lighthouse - they are closed off with glass walls. You can look inside. Lots of information in the lighthouse.
Written February 10, 2020
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