If you visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse on a sunny day, you will enjoy an experience that takes you back in time to the way it was in San Diego long ago. This point of land jutting into the waters of both the bay and the ocean, provides a relaxing place to take in the beauty all around.
The sailboats sail by, and military vessels ply the waters, too. Across the bay today is the island of Coronado, which is home to a large naval base. We watched helicopters beating the air over the ships, practicing takeoffs and landings. You will also spot the red roofs of the iconic Hotel del Coronado.
When we visited recently, we viewed more rooms of the inside living quarters than are usually open. The lighthouse keeper lived here with his family in this small place high on a windswept crest. When they needed supplies, they made the long journey into town in their horse-drawn buggy.
When you visit, you can also drive down the windy road to the base of the hill on the ocean side and explore the tide pools and cliffs. And marvel at the breathtaking view.
With a bit of imagination, you can picture yourself living out here on the point in the 1800s, growing your own food in the garden, and running up and down those winding stairs. Yes, light and life filled the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
If you go:
Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Fee: $10 per car; free with a National Parks pass. An annual pass is $20.
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