5 Fun Attractions within a 10-Minute Drive of Sunrise Inn

July 11, 2022

When you come to a place like San Diego for vacation, it can be daunting trying to narrow down all your choices for attractions and activities. Here’s one way to make it easy: Focus on all the fantastic things to do near your hotel. Luckily, when you stay at Sunrise Inn San Diego, you’ll have a wide array of choices within a short drive. Below is a sampling of some of our favorite things to do in Point Loma and San Diego, all within just a 10-minute drive from our budget-friendly hotel.


Cabrillo National Monument

Home to a historic monument on a bluff offering sweeping views of the city and the bay, Cabrillo National Monument is one of the most famous places in San Diego. After a 10-minute drive to the park entrance at the very southern tip of Point Loma, you’ll find a collection of landmarks and a series of windswept walking trails. Start at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, perched over the terrain, which features interactive exhibits giving visitors a sense of what life was like in long-ago eras. Then, stop by the Visitor Center for more exhibits detailing Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s arrival to San Diego in 1542.


Here’s a pro tip: Keep your parking receipt, as a regular pass is good for seven days. Spend one day learning about the area’s history, then return in the coming days to exploring the tide pools near the shore or the walking trails zigzagging along the bluffs.


Liberty Public Market

An extravaganza of aromas, colors, and sounds all under one roof, Liberty Public Market — just 6 minutes from Sunrise Inn — is one of the best family-friendly things to do in San Diego. An ideal place to go for lunch, the market is perfect for groups where every person has a taste for something different. Stop in at a food stall for a snack, drool over mouthwatering desserts, or check out the boutiques tucked into small stalls. In the mood for an adult beverage? Bottlecraft and Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens are two family-friendly watering holes where you and your crew can sit back and enjoy the sunshine.


Ocean Beach Tide Pools

With a long concrete pier, surfer-friendly waves, and a lively commercial strip, Ocean Beach is one of the top San Diego attractions, and it’s just eight minutes from Sunrise Inn San Diego. Though the sunset gets top billing here, the beach’s tide pools are a hidden gem giving visitors a glimpse into the diversity of marine life in this ever-popular beach. Watch as ocean water fills these natural stone basins, leaving behind mini lagoons filled with aquatic life. See tiny crabs, starfish, and other species, but watch your feet – the rocks can become quite slippery.


Harbor Island Park

When you’re looking for low-key things to do in Point Loma and the surrounding area, Harbor Island Park is a no-brainer. It’s located along a sandy strip offering amazing views of the bay and the cityscape, and it’s a mere 9-minute drive from the hotel. Pack a picnic and find a spot on the grassy stretch overlooking the water. Or rent bikes and make use of the biking/walking path running alongside Harbor Island Drive. You’ll be impressed by the cool breezes and the ample sun. If you’ve got a hankering for something tasty, head to one of two restaurants occupying either end of Harbor Island: Tom Ham’s Lighthouse and Coasterra.


When you’re looking for a place to stay near all the best San Diego activities, Sunrise Inn San Diego is your best bet. Rooms come with minifridges, microwaves, and free WiFi, and parking is complimentary as well. Our affordable, clean accommodations and friendly service ensure you’ll have a stress-free stay.

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