Shelter Island San Diego Harbor

To some, Shelter Island might not qualify as a beach—but believe it or not, it has one of the few nice beaches on San Diego Harbor. Albeit a very small beach.

Went there yesterday—with a friend, and walked and talked, which are probably the best things to do on Shelter Island. It’s also not a bad place to fish, run, bike, picnic, launch a boat, swim or just sit and watch all the movement.

Movement? Yes, movement. Any direction you look there is movement. People walking, running, cycling on the pathway. And there is constant movement in the harbor—navy vessels, sailboats, harbor cruises, zodiaks, fishing boats and swimmers—yes swimmers. I saw two neoprened swimmers enter the water at the small beach. They swam west between the moored sailboats and the breakwater–burrrrrr.

Walked through the newly renovated Bali Hai restaurant—very cool. This is a San Diego landmark with great views of the harbor and downtown from virtually every table—check it out next time you’re in town.

Sunlight was dancing in and out of the light clouds all day which helped an amateur photographer like me get some great pictures. And it was breezy as heck—unusually so for San Diego.

I hear dolphin sightings in the harbor are very rare. Well, yesterday was a rare day and sure enough—I saw three dolphins surface repeatedly just off the shore of Shelter Island’s small beach. Maybe they were keeping the Gray Whale that wandered in last week company.

It’s beautiful here now—come visit soon if you can.

John Rogers
of Enlightened Explorer

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