Cabrillo National Monument, a national park located at the end of Point Loma, offers terrific views of San Diego Harbor, downtown and the dramatic coastline of the point. The park is named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Portuguese explorer who was the first European to navigate the California coast.

There’s hiking along the bay and sea cliffs, great tide pooling and some nice (if short) roads for cycling. Unfortunately, you can’t launch kayaks or surfboards here, but you can access the famous surfbreaks by boat. A roughly half-mile paved trail starts from just below the old lighthouse near the park headquarters and decends to the bay side of the point.