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Shelter Island, California

Experience Shelter Island's Aloha Spirit

Experience a unique, fun and economical way to enjoy a Hawaiian vacation without the long flight over the Pacific. The whole family will cherish the memories made during your stay on Shelter Island, San Diego's Hawaiian Isle at Humphreys Half Moon Inn.

Like in Hawaii, you'll savor the sunny days, starlit nights, majestic palm trees swaying in the cool sea breeze and the warm friendly hospitality of our Humphrey's staff. Add to that a spectacular view of the San Diego Bay, city lights and Humphrey's private Half Moon Marina, and it's a recipe for the perfect retreat.

Located adjacent to Point Loma, Shelter Island, California offers the perfect escape for family vacations and romantic getaways. It is conveniently located five minutes from the airport on San Diego's Big Bay, so it is also an easy choice for anyone traveling to San Diego for business as well.

Shelter Island Exudes A Feeling Of Seclusion And Tranquility, And Yet It Is Just Moments From San Diego's Top Destinations Including

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Balboa Park
  • Downtown Gaslamp Quarter
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Seaport Village
  • SeaWorld
  • San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal
  • San Diego Convention Center

Take a leisurely stroll or a scenic bike ride along the Shelter Island, CA walkway. It's the perfect vantage point to stop and watch a wide variety of naval vessels and cruise ships enter and exit the harbor near our Shelter Island hotel.

Or try your luck fishing off of Shelter Island's Pier while taking in the hustle and bustle of Coronado's North Island Air Base located across the Harbor.

If sailing is your passion, hop on board one of Sail San Diego's sail boats to experience a daytime Adventure sail or an Evening Sunset sail. It's a wonderful way to explore the beauty of San Diego.

Whether you prefer to soak up the Island Atmosphere, or venture out to explore America's Finest City, Shelter Island has everything going for it. All that is missing is you!


During World War II, the San Diego Bay was dredged and made deeper and wider to accommodate larger Navy Ships. Deposits from the dredging created a short connecting causeway and the narrow 1. 2 mile island and protected marina that is now Shelter Island. Per special city zoning, all buildings on the island were limited to a two story height limit and were required to follow a "Polynesian" or "Tiki" theme, which was very popular in the 1950s when the area was first developed.

The island and marina are now home to four hotels, several restaurants, yacht clubs, and maritime businesses. The island's waterfront, public park is a popular spot where people enjoy views of the city skyline, spectacular San Diego sunsets and a close-up look at a wide variety of ships and vessels as they sail in and out of San Diego's Big Bay... a bay that became a grand harbor by greatly increasing its depth, capacity and accessibility while simultaneously creating a manmade wonderland of subtropical splendor to be enjoyed by all. Shelter Island is truly a testimonial to human ingenuity.