Point Loma is a seaside community of San Diego located minutes from Downtown. It is known for its impressive bay, considered to be one of the best natural harbors on the western coast of North America. Point Loma is also home to the Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma Lighthouse which offers breathtaking views of the city of San Diego and beyond. The monument was erected in honor of Captain Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on the west coast. Also on the site is the original lighthouse, which was replaced in 1891 by the one that still steers vessels away from shore. Tidepools and hiking trails delight both tourists and residents alike. Most neighborhoods in Point Loma consist primarily of single family homes. The bayside residential area is called La Playa and includes some of the most spectacular views in San Diego.