Shelter Island Drive Walk

San Diego Shelter Island

Shelter Island Drive is a short distance from Downtown San Diego. It’s a great place to watch boats load into the harbor and take in views of the Downtown San Diego skyline. I like to park on the northern tip of Shelter Island, close to the Bali Hai Restaurant, located at 2230 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106. The Bali Hai serves Polynesian cuisine and the World Famous Bali Hai Mai Tai. For more information about Bali Hai, visit their website: https://www.balihairestaurant.com.

The Shelter Island Drive walk is a moderate walk, along paved surfaces and is about 2 miles all around. I’m going to get a more accurate mileage on my next walk out there and will add to the post. More detailed information about Shelter Island can be found on the Port of San Diego website. There’s even a Shelter Island Art Walking Tour map available on the site. https://www.portofsandiego.org/wonderfront/shelter-island.

Head west along the shore sidewalk and the first point of interest is the “Pacific Portal” aka the “Shelter Island Gazebo”. James T. Hubbell created this concrete and mosaic gazebo in 2006. It has the feel of billowing sails and ocean waves. More information can be found on the Hubell and Hubell Architects website: https://www.hubbellandhubbell.com/portfolio-items/pacific-portal-at-shelter-island/.

James T. Hubbell created the “Pacific Portal” aka The Shelter Island Gazebo.

The views of the Downtown San Diego skyline are amazing on this Shelter Island Drive walk.

View of San Diego skyline from Shelter Island Drive.

Boats are lined up along the docks of the Shelter Island Marina.

Boats at the Shelter Island Marina

I was lucky to see a pelican posing for the camera along the dock.

Pelican posing for the camera.

At the end of the Shelter Island Drive walk, is the “Pearl of the Pacific” art installation by James T. Hubbell. He created this concrete and mosaic artwork at Pacific Rim Park in 1998.

“Pearl of the Pacific” by James T. Hubbell, 1998

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