Say hello to Shelter Island! Located in the Point Loma area of San Diego, California, this neighborhood actually isn't an island at all— a narrow strip of land connects it to the mainland. Technically man-made, Shelter Island was created as a way to accommodate larger ships of the U.S. Navy. Sand was dredged up to deepen the bay, and over time that pile of sand was transformed into a charming seaside recreation area. Today, this plot of paradise has it all. Spend your vacation soaking up the sun, swimming in the ocean, and relaxing at one of several cozy Polynesian-themed Shelter Island hotels.
Exploring Shelter Island
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is just over 3 miles from the neighborhood, and you could literally swim to most hotels on Shelter Island. But in the interest of keeping your luggage dry, you can easily hail a taxi, arrange a private shuttle, or take the bus. Once you arrive in the neighborhood, know it's easy to rent a car on Shelter Island; having your own vehicle is a good option for sightseeing and exploring the greater SoCal region.
Be sure to check out Shoreline Park, which features public art, a fishing pier, and a mile-long promenade. Other must-sees include landmarks such as the Yokohama Friendship Bell—a gift from San Diego's sister city in Japan—and the Tunaman's Memorial, a tribute to tuna fishermen in the region. If you want to head out on the mighty Pacific, numerous yacht clubs offer boat rentals. Additionally, the neighborhood has a live music venue, plenty of seafood (including fish tacos), and a bounty of upscale boutiques.
An abundance of resorts on Shelter Island means true serenity is just a reservation away. Be sure to look for Shelter Island hotel deals before booking your trip, because nothing beats luxury at a discount. Thanks to Travelocity's Price Guarantee, you're certain to find the best deals on hotels in San Diego here.