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Shelter Island
Shelter Island

Shelter Island

Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, California, 92106

The basics

Shelter Island attracts visitors with its lively but laid-back atmosphere. You can hop on a boat for a fishing tour or whale-watching cruise or enjoy a meal at one of the eateries along Shelter island Drive. Head to the southern end of the island to see the Pearl of the Pacific fountain at Pacific Rim Park and the Friendship Bell, given to San Diego by its sister city of Yokohama, Japan. From the water, you can admire the island on a bay cruise, a sailing adventure, or a “seal tour” by amphibious vehicle.

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San Diego Seal Tour
San Diego Seal Tour
star-4.5
$46.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun, Mellow Adventure
Captain Cowboy and First Mate Bailey provided an enjoyable tour of San Diego and the Bay. The sea lions were fun to see. It’s a mellow experience once in the water, no thrills, but my family really enjoyed it.
Steve_S, Jun 2022

Things to know before you go

  • Shelter Island is ideal for boating enthusiasts and anyone who loves a Pacific island theme.
  • Despite the name, it’s not technically an island, as it’s connected to San Diego by land and can be reached via road.
  • The island is about 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) long, making it a great place for a waterfront walk.
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How to get there

From downtown, head toward Point Loma on North Harbor Drive, turning south to round the bay and reach the island. Or catch bus 28 from the Old Town Transit Center.

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When to get there

Locals flock to Shelter Island during the Concerts by the Bay music series at Humphreys Restaurant and Inn. From roughly April to October each year, the outdoor theater seats 1,400 people for shows that range from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz.

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Harbor Island

Not to be confused with Shelter Island, Harbor Island is a neighboring not-really-an-island that’s slightly larger and easier to reach from downtown. It offers a similar combination of restaurants, hotels, marinas, and a waterfront park.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Shelter Island?
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Attractions near Shelter Island:
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What else should I know about attractions in San Diego?
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