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Harbor and Shelter Islands

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Address: Point Loma, SanDiego, San Diego, CA

Two scenic islands in San Diego bay that offer a variety of restaurants,...

Two scenic islands in San Diego bay that offer a variety of restaurants, hotels and water sports such as scuba and fishing excursions.

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Great place for a picnic

Shelter island is a very nice place for a walk and a picnic. There wasn't much of a beach, it seemed like the area was more for boat launching, fishing, and walking with a nice... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Peoria, Arizona
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Peoria, Arizona
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Shelter island is a very nice place for a walk and a picnic. There wasn't much of a beach, it seemed like the area was more for boat launching, fishing, and walking with a nice park. It's not a true "island", it's actually attached to the mainland by a strip of land, where you'll find many restaurats.

Thank 2Luv2Trvl
Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took whale watching cruise from there., lots of marine activity and small boats. Plenty of good seafood places there or nearby.

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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We rented two beach cruisers from the OEX Point Loma store and cycled to Shelter Island. This is a fun and relatively easy biking excursion that takes you to the Friendship Bell which is located at the western most cul de sac of the island. This is a perfect spot for pictures and a picnic. We saw many people enjoying... More 

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Rochester, United States
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

We stayed at a hotel near these islands and decided to drive out to the islands (conneced to the mainland via a short causeway) on a whim, just to check them out. They are long and narrow islands that provide beautiful views of the bay and the Downtown area. Plenty of eateries and other hotels (more sup-scale and beautiful). Places... More 

Thank Robert M
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The locations bouth have sidewalks along the bay side and the virews are great. Each island has great restaurants depending on what type of food you are looking to eat. The Quarter Deck at the Bay Club Hotel / Marina has a great bar and restaurnat and the Bali Hai (Awesome Mai Tai) are on Shelter Island and Toms Lighthouse... More 

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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Great place to stay while in San Diego, makes you feel like you are on your own tropical island. Nice and quiet, perfect location close to everything!! We stayed at Humphreys Half Moon Inn. Shelter island has great boat tours and bike rentals. Also just a lovely place to wander the coast, have a coffee or picnic and even walk... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to stay on Shelter island. Has a little bit of everything for everyone. Plenty of good restaurants, bars and mom n pop hotels. Decent beach and defiantly less crowded than other beaches in the area. Worth the trip.

Thank wick1979
Steinbach, Canada
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

We love SHELTER ISLAND more, with all its nice walking paths, but HARBOR ISLAND does have better sunsets.

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Okay, I live in a postcard when it comes to Shelter Island. From The Bali Hai to the Kona Kai, with Fathom Bistro in the middle, what's not to love?

Thank John B
Waddell, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

I have stayed at every hotel in Shelter Island and not one will disappoint. Views from every room are fantastic. Everyone is very friendly, the night time walks are beautiful and not an overly busy area. Local restaurants are great and a lot of things in walking distance.

Thank oneeyeshutterfly

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