Shelter Island Park


Park Highlights

Location: South of Shelter Island Drive on Shelter Island
San Diego, California (map)
Phone: (619) 686-6200
More info: Website
Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Shelter Island Park spans most of the mile-long, secluded, resort island on San Diego Bay. From the island’s west end to the fishing pier, the park is a grassy area with picnic benches and shade trees. This section of park is ideal for bay-side fishing, enjoying a picnic, sitting back to take in the scenery, or reading a good book.

The grassy area disappears at the small beach, fishing pier and boat launch ramp, only to reappear on the east side as a large patch of green inside the large circle made by Shelter Island Drive. On weekends, during good weather, a small group of local artists display their works in on green.

Shelter Island Park has a small sandy beach located near the boat launch ramp and fishing pier. The beach has several fire rings, with sweeping views of San Diego Bay.

A concrete boardwalk extends the full length of Shelter Island. along the waterfront. This is a beautiful place to walk or jog along, while enjoying the panoramic view of San Bay Bay. On the west end of Shelter Island are nice views of the San Diego Bay inlet, Point Loma and North Island. Further east, the Coronado Bay Bridge, and downtown San Diego’s skyline and waterfront begin to emerge.

Shelter Island, as mentioned above, has a public fishing pier and boat launch ramp. The island has plenty of free parking along the street and in parking areas.

People can also anchor offshore in designated anchorages, and come in by raft or dingy to take advantage of the park or fine dining on the island. There are places to keep the raft or dingy while on the island. For more info on anchoring offshore, contact the San Diego Harbor Police at (619) 686-6227.


Bike paths
Boat launch
Fire rings
Fishing pier
Picnic tables
Sandy beach

Other Details


No alcohol
No glass bottles


Special Events Permitted: Yes
Maximum Occupancy for Events: 200
Weddings/Receptions: Yes