San Diego ushered in over 35 million tourists in 2018. With 70 miles of coastline and over 30 beaches from which to choose, it’s no mystery why so many visit this gorgeous coastal city.
If you’re a photographer looking for the perfect vacation, San Diego should top your list.
There are so many scenic overlooks and pristine views in San Diego. Point Loma is a popular San Diego photography spot and you won’t want to miss it.
Read on and we’ll tell you where to capture the best Point Loma photos.
The Best Photography Spots in Point Loma
Point Loma is a hilly seaside community located about 9 miles from downtown San Diego. It’s located on a peninsula that leads down to the point.
Make sure you’ve got extra camera batteries before you head to these great spots for the best Point Loma photos. Don’t forget to stock up on SD cards too!
1. Sunset Cliffs
Put “Sunset Cliffs Boulevard” into your GPS. Once you arrive, cruise south from Adair Street on the boulevard.
You’ll see signs for the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. It’s a photogenic area of rock formations featuring amazing ocean views. You’ll get stunning photos of the dramatic rock formations.
Don’t miss the intertidal waters and caves down on the beach. And make sure you get to the top of the cliffs for the panoramic views!
Tip: Be sure to check what time sunset is as this location is prime for a beautiful beach sunset shoot!
2. Cabrillo National Monument & The Lighthouse
Cabrillo National Monument offers a superb view of San Diego’s harbor and skyline and includes Old Point Loma Lighthouse, a San Diego icon since 1854. Both locations offer amazing photo ops due to their prime location on the coastal cliffs.
Go to the monument first and learn about the history of the monument and lighthouse. Here, you’ll have a photo op of the statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Then head out to the lighthouse.
The lighthouse is located right on the point. From there, you’ll enjoy views of Fort Rosecrans, and the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge. You can even see the famous Hotel Del Coronado.
Bring a zoom lens for capturing the unobstructed views of the San Diego Harbor. Give yourself a couple of hours for shooting photos at these locations, or more if you plan to hike around the area as well!
Tip: Be prepared to spend $20 for cars and $10 for walk-ins at the monument. It’s well worth the price!
3. Point Loma Tidepools
From Cabrillo National Park, you can hike to the famous Point Loma tidepools.
Point Loma Tidepools and Bluffs Trail are a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail itself goes right up the coastline, so there will be no shortage of photo opportunities.
The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
When you get to the tidepools, break out your macro lens to get amazing closeups of the pools that teem with tiny life.
Tip: Check the tide schedule ahead of time so you can make sure to catch the pools at low tide!
Get the Best Point Loma Photos!
Now that you know where to get the best Point Loma photos, it’s time to pack your camera and book your trip to San Diego!
With Point Loma’s prime coastal-cliff location, you’ll leave with tons of amazing photos for a lifetime of memories.
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