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Naval Base Point Loma


Point Loma is a peninsula that guards the entrance to Coronado and the San Diego Bay. The hills provide panoramic views of San Diego’s coastline and the first Europeans to visit the area immediately saw its tactical potential. The Spanish built the Castillo de Guijarros in 1797, named for the cobblestones that were plentiful on this rocky outcrop. These stones were later used as ship ballasts by English-speaking sailors and the tip of the peninsula was dubbed “Ballast Point.” In 1852, roughly 1,400 acres of the southern portion of Point Loma were reserved for the U.S. military. It was first used by the Army as an artillery post, Fort Rosecrans, until 1959 when the land was transferred to the Navy.

Several organizations fall under the command of Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL), including: Third Fleet, Naval Mine and Anti Submarine Warfare Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), SPAWAR Systems Center, Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific, Tactical Training Group Pacific, Submarine Squadron ELEVEN, Commander Sealift Logistics Command Pacific, Submarine Training Center Pacific Detachment, seven submarines, a floating dry dock (ARCO), and the Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Department (SARD). The headquarters for San Diego area Army Reserve components is located here as well—so there is hope, Army folks!

Even during the Fort Rosecrans days this was an enviable base, and there was never a shortage of applications for transfer or re-enlistment. It was jokingly referred to as an “old soldier’s home” because of the high rate of those who retired and stuck around to live out their golden years in sunny San Diego. Not much has changed. The mild climate, laid-back culture, stunning landscapes, and military-friendly atmosphere leads many to retire in the area. Orders to NBPL are a hot commodity and life in Southern California is dreamy. There are many privatized military housing facilities scattered throughout San Diego, and quite a few of them are coastal!

You won’t find traditional beaches on Point Loma, but it is home to some really great tidal pools. The peninsula is hilly with rocky cliffs, but the elevation provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and beautiful sweeping views of the San Diego Bay to the east. The hills of Point Loma provide one of the best vantage points to watch the annual migration of blue whales up the coast, and sport-fishing here is legit. The northern portion of the peninsula is home to some of the oldest, most prestigious neighborhoods in San Diego.

Base Services :

  • Lincoln Military Housing - Naval Base San Deigo

    Location: 2625 Le Hardy St. Bldg. 3544, 1st Floor San Diego, CA 92136
  • Fleet & Family Support Center

    Naval Base Point Loma Location: Dept Code N91 Second Floor 140 Sylvester Rd. Bldg. #211/#212 San Diego, CA 92106 Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
  • School Liaison Office

    Serving San Diego Metro West of 5/Coastal Location: Fleet & Family Support Center NBPL Dept Code N91 Second Flood 140 Sylvester Rd. Bldg. #211 San Diego, CA 92106 Available by appointment

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Base Location

San Diego International Airport (SAN)
15 minutes
McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD)
1 hour
Tijuana International Airport (TIJ)
55 minutes
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – 17 minutes
1255 Imperial Ave.
Ste. 100A
San Diego, CA 92101


Hours: M – F: 0900 to 1630
Closed on weekends and most holidays
San Clemente – 1 hour 15 minutes
Los Angeles – 2 hours 30 minutes
Palm Springs – 2 hours 40 minutes
Las Vegas, NV – 5 hours 40 minutes
Tijuana, Mexico – 50 minutes


Drive Transit
Oceanside 50 MINS
*2 HRS 10 MINS
2 HRs 44 MINs
buses to Coaster (reverse)
Carlsbad 55 MINS
*2 HRS 10 MINS
1 HR 57 MIN
bus to Coaster (reverse)
Vista 60 MINS
*2 HRS 10 MINS
1 HR 26 MIN
UC San Diego Blue line to Coaster (reverse)
Encinitas 45 MINS
*1 HR 40 MINS
1 HR 47 MIN
bus to Coaster (reverse)
Solana Beach 40 MINS
*90 MINS
Del Mar 40 MINS
*80 MINS
San Marcos 60 MINS
*2 HRS 10 MINS
Escondido 50 MINS
*1 HR 50 MINS
Poway 60 MINS
*2 HRS
Rancho Bernardo 45 MINS
*1 HR 50 MINS
La Jolla 35 MINS
*55 MINS
Point Loma 12 MINS
*18 MINS
27 MINS bus
Coronado 30 MINS
*65 MINS
Downtown San Diego 10 MINS
*25 MINS
North Park 25 MINS
*40 MINS
Hillcrest 30 MINS
*60 MINS
Santee 45 MINS
*85 MINS
El Cajon 30 MINS
*65 MINS
1 HR 54 MINS
busses to Green Line (reverse)
Lakeside 45 MINS
*85 MINS
La Mesa 35 MINS
*75 MINS
1 HR 37 MINS
buses to Green line (reverse)
National City 35 MINS
*70 MINS
1 HR 37 MINS
buses to Green Line to UC San Diego Blue Line (reverse)
Chula Vista 40 MINS
*75 MINS
1 HR 42 MINS
buses to Green line to UC San Diego Blue Line (reverse)
Eastlake 45 MINS
*75 MINS
1 HR 42 MINS
UC San Diego Blue line to bus (reverse)
Imperial Beach 40 MIN
*85 MINS
2 HR 12 MINS
UC San Diego Blue line to bus (reverse)
Bonita 40 MINS
*75 MINS

Impact of Peak Hours 6a – 9a | 4p – 7p

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