Several dog-friendly stores are located in the north end shopping district, as are chain pet stores and veterinary services that can be reached on foot, although the shopping district is designed more for access by a vehicle than by foot traffic. The Point Loma Pet Pantry is located to the west and can be reached on foot on the west side of Loma Portal.
Warm sunny days, ocean breezes, and dry weather is the norm in San Diego which makes it ideal for dog walking. Some fog and rain occur in spring. If fog is heavy, it is safer to wait and walk your dog later in the day when it has lifted.
Loma Portal is bordered by Chatsworth Boulevard on the northwest, Rosecrans Street on the southeast, Nimitz Boulevard on the southwest, and Midway Drive on the northeast. The area is very hilly and there are great views of the surrounding neighborhoods and the San Diego Bay. The hilly terrain means some up and downhill treks for people and pets walking the region. The hilly terrain also means east-west running roads may be disconnected and broken into sections.
This is generally a quiet residential neighborhood, however, it is under the flight path for a local airport and noise from planes taking off is a frequent occurrence. The area is well known for its spectacular Christmas holiday decorations and lights which beautify the community and make an interesting backdrop on mid-winter walks.
Street lights in the neighborhood are often located in the center of intersections rather than on sidewalks, which is unique. The street light placement and architectural diversity of many of the older homes give the neighborhood character and make it an interesting community.
There is a small greenway, Plumosa Park, located on the west border of Loma Portal. This 1.4-acre park is an open green passive-use area which makes a pleasant stop on a walk.
A little further to the north in Point Loma Heights is the Famosa Slough. This 37-acre natural area has a lake, waterway, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and a 1.3-mile hiking trail. The trail is naturally surfaced and can be muddy and slippery in inclement weather. Your dog should remain leashed in the greenway to protect the birds and other local critters that make this area home and you should be prepared to pick up after them.
A 5-minute drive northwest in Ocean Beach is the Dusty Rhodes Park which is a waterfront space with recreation and passive-use areas. There is also an enclosed off-leash dog park located here with separate sections for large and small dogs, a water fountain for your pet, and waste disposal supplies to clean up after your pooch.